How To Get Different Stains Out Of Your Carpet
In its lifetime, your carpet is bound to encounter all kinds of spills and messes, some of which are tougher than others. For some general tips for how to keepyour carpet healthy visit this blog post, but stay tuned for help getting those tricky stains out. It is also important to consider the type of carpet you’re trying to clean as there can be different processes for wool and nylon carpets, depending on the stain. Here’s how to deal with a few common stains!
How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet
Wool Carpet: First blot up the excess liquid with a paper towel, then you’ll need to apply paper towels moistened with warm slightly soapy water, making sure not to rub! Then dry with another paper towel.
Nylon: It’s a bit trickier with nylon carpet, but first apply a paper towel to soak up the wine. Then mix together one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 0.5 litres of water in a bowl, and use it to moisten a paper towel and blot the stain. Next, you will need to spray the stain with carpet cleaning product (you can buy some from your local super market) and follow the instructions carefully, and don’t leave it on too long! Vacuum up the product, and the reminder of one too many glasses of pinot noir should be gone.
How to Remove Chewing Gum from Carpet
The steps to remove chewing gum are the same for both wool on nylon carpet. You’ll need some ice cubes and a Ziploc bag. Use the ice cubes (inside the Ziploc bag) to freeze the chewing gum. Then vacuum up the frozen gum.
How to Remove Paint from Carpet
First things first, check what type of paint it is. If its oil based paint, you’ll need to get a professional carpet cleaner in, but if its water based, follow the steps below.
Wool: Use a clean paper towel to mop up the excess paint, then using warm, slightly soapy water, blot the stain with another paper towel before spraying with supermarket carpet cleaner. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully, because some stain removers can damage your carpet if left on too long. Vacuum off the cleaner then finally blot up the excess with a paper towel.
Nylon: Similarly to wool, use a paper towel to blot up the paint, but don’t rub, and use warm, slightly soapy water and a paper towel to dab the stain. Then use undiluted white vinegar and a paper towel to blot the stain until its gone then dry with a clean paper towel.
How to Remove Felt Tip or Marker Pen from Carpet
Wool Carpet: Use a paper towel to blot up the excess ink, then use another paper towel lightly moistened with warm, slightly soapy water to dab at the stain. Then, if the stain still hasn’t come out, mix togetherone teaspoon fabric detergent and one teaspoon white vinegar in one litre of warm water and use a paper towel to dab this mixture on the stain. Dry off with a clean paper towel.
Nylon Carpet: Firstly, dab with a paper towel to soak up some of the ink. Next you’ll need dry carpet cleaning fluid or powder, apply to the carpet and follow the instructions carefully. The using warm, slightly soapy water and a paper towel, blot (don’t rub) the stain, then dry with another paper towel.