What are 5 ways to get stubborn stains out of your rugs? Whether your a house cleaner professionally, or just cleaning your own home, everyone knows carpet and rug stains can be very stubborn to get out.
So how do you go about getting those tough stains out when people in your house have been spilling things all over the ground?
5 Ways to Get Stubborn Stains Out of Your Rugs
Carpet stains happen all the time in homes with children and pets as well as frequent guests. No one means to spill things on the carpet, but it can happen due to accidents or illness.
When you find a stubborn stain in one of your rugs, the following steps may help to remove it.
If the stain is not huge nor particularly deep, you may be able to clean it yourself. Unless you don’t want to take any chances and call a professional carpet cleaning company for help.
Use dry paper towels or a clean cloth to firmly blot the stain, which will absorb much of the excess moisture. You may need to do this a few times to wipe away most of the liquid pool.
Apply Cool Water
Use a damp cloth moistened with cold, clean water to daub the stain. Workaround the edges to the center and gently scrub away the substance.
You may need to repeat this several times. Certain substances like blood or wine may need special treatment. But regular stains often respond to this treatment.
Sprinkle Baking Soda
Let the stained area fully dry, using a fan or fresh air from an open window to help. When the stain is dry, sprinkle baking soda or a nontoxic carpet cleaner on the residual stain.
If you use a commercial product, follow the package directions. Baking soda is natural and helps to eliminate odor along with the stain.
Try it first on a small piece of similar fabric to check for excess bleaching or color lifting. Sprinkle a fair amount, but do not layer the powder over the stain, or it will clump.
Gently Scrub the Area
Leave the baking soda or cleaning product to sit for an hour or according to the commercial product directions.
Then gently wipe the area again with a moist cloth to remove baking soda or commercial powder. Check to be sure the stain is mostly or completely gone. If it isn’t, repeat the above steps.
Vacuum the Stain
When the stained area is completely dry, use a hand vacuum cleaner or a regular sweeper to pick up the residual cleaning crumbs.
Vacuum around the stained area as well to compare the treated part of the rug with the surrounding areas to ensure consistency.
Call for Help
If you are having extra trouble with particularly difficult stains, you may need to call in professional help. These carpet cleaning professionals will have higher grade products designed to remove tough stains.
If you’re not sure about getting a harsh stain out, calling professionals first may be your best bet.
Although these steps sound like a lot of work, you can manage many rug stains at home. But, if the stain is not coming up completely or you don’t have time to work on it, contact expert carpet cleaners to do the job.
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