Carpet stain removal has got to be one of the most talked about subjects in the carpet world. Here at Feltex we receive many enquiries from customers asking us how to get stains out of carpet. So here are our 12 tips for carpet stain removal.
If you have an enquiry about a trickier carpet stain such as how to get coffee, red wine, grease or blood from carpet take a look in your carpet care guides stain removal section. Select the stain and the carpet fibre for tips on how to clean it.
Fewer things will cause an audible gasp here at Feltex... NEVER scrub or rub at your carpet!
1. Blot don't scrub
Fewer things will cause a collective audible gasp here at Feltex like the sight of someone scrubbing or rubbing carpet stains. Never...NEVER scrub or rub abrasively at your carpet! This can cause a fuzzy area on the carpet which could outlast the carpet stain. Instead, scoop up as much of the spill as possible then continue to blot any residue with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
2. Blot from outside in
Always work from the outer edge of the carpet stain towards the centre. This will avoid spreading the stain to a wider area.
3. Get to it quick
Get to any spills as quickly as possible to prevent the stain from penetrating into the carpet fibres, this is what leads to discolouration and marks. Hot liquids especially can be difficult to remove once cooled.
Most common carpet stains caused by household food and beverage (not containing strong dyes) can be treated with warm water
4. Try warm water
Most common carpet stains caused by household food and beverage (not containing strong dyes) can be treated with warm water (not hot) applied to the carpet stain immediately. Dampen a clean cloth with the warm water and blot it onto the carpet, working from the outside in, until the stain disappears.
If you have a triexta carpet from our Redbook green range, cold water will work just fine. For more stubborn stains, consult the care guide's stain removal section.
5. Carpet stain removal mix for wool carpet
If the water and clean cloth is not doing it for you, try these recipes for the best carpet stain remover for wool or synthetic carpet. Again, this is for common household spills, if you have a more stubborn stain, take a look at your carpet's care guide's stain removal section. Just use this mix with a clean cloth, as you did with the warm water, dabbing from the outside in.
Wool carpet cleaner
- 1 teaspoon of wool laundry detergent
- 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
- 1 litre of warm water
Synthetic carpet cleaner
- 1 teaspoon mild wool laundry detergent
- 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
- 1 litre of warm water.
6. Carpet stain removal
If you have determined that your carpet stain is more than your average spill, use your carpet's care guide's stain removal section to determine the most appropriate method.
7. Test it first
Pre-test the stain removal treatment on a small, less conspicuous area of carpet to make sure it doesn't damage or change the carpet colour.
8. Press the carpet dry between treatments
Press dry the carpet with a clean white towel or paper towel to remove excess moisture between any steps in the cleaning process.
9. Dry the carpet
Once the spill has been treated, place a few layers of paper towel or white cloth over the area and weigh it down with a couple of heavy books, an upturned coffee table or something heavy that won't transfer colour. This will absorb any residual moisture.
10. Don't walk on the carpet until it's dry
Cover the mark with a chair or coffee table or surround it with witches hats if you have to. Do whatever you can to make sure no one walks on the carpet until it is completely dry. Leave it as long as possible, carpet may feel dry to touch but the pad underneath may still be damp. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process but be sure not to overheat the area and scorch your carpet.
11. Remember, don't rub and don't scrub
You see how important it is that you blot and don't scrub? It's so important we mentioned it twice!
12. Call the professionals
If the carpet stain isn't removed after treatment, it's time to give the professional carpet cleaners a call.
If you're tired of hitting the panic button every time someone spills something on your carpet, maybe it's time to consider a Feltex stain resistant carpet.