There are many spills and stains that occur at home that you can address by following this quick and easy steps before having to call a professional cleaner. If you there is any specific stain or spill that is not listed, please contact us and can give you direction on how to handle your stain.
- Chocolate/Cola – Blot the stain with a towel to remove as much of it as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate the spot and then blot it with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Gum – Freeze the gum using an ice cube or freezer pack. The break the frozen gum apart with a utensil and handheld vacuum cleaner. Remove the frozen gum remnants.
- Ketchup/Coffee/Milk/Blood – Blot the stain with a towel to remove as much of it as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate the spot and then blot it with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Then mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Again, blot with a paper towel. Note: All solutions applied to a stain for removing blood must be cool.
- Magic Marker – Magic marker stains are typically permanent and you may not be able to remove them from carpet. Using a product like WD-40 or Orange Clean are often effective at helping to remove these stains. Blot the stain with these products and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes. Then blot again and rinse with water.
- Mud – Allow any mud stains to dry completely. Then break the dry mud apart with a utensil and handheld vacuum cleaner. If the stain still exists, you can mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water to blot the stain with a towel.
- Pen Stain/Paint Stains/Grease/Oil/Lipstick – Do not rub the stain. Remove as much as possible with blotting. Then apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol with a clean cloth. Blot until as much as possible until stain dissolves. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that the stain does not spread.
- Pet Urine – Blot the stain as much as possible and then neutralize by spraying the affected area with the ammonia solution. There are ammonia based pet urine sprays that can often be found at your local pet shop. Then blot to remove excess moisture with a towel.
- Red Wine – Blot the stain with club soda immediately to remove any carpet damage.
- Other Red Dye Stains – You can remove red dye stains with a 70 to 30 mix of water to peroxide. Note: peroxide is bleach, so test in a spot first to see potential results. Then apply the mixture and wait thirty minutes. After thiry minutes, remove as much moisture as possible and rinse with a vinegar/water solution.
- Spaghetti Sauce – Blot the stain with a wet towel. If the stain persists, mix a solution of 1:1 white vinegar and water. Apply the mixture to the stain using a spray bottle. Let the stain soak for around fifteen minutes. Use a sponge to clean in a rubbing motion and then rinse with warm water. Wax – Spread brown paper or a terry cloth towel over the wax area and iron with the setting on “warm.” The wax should absorb into the paper or towel. Then remove any traces with dry cleaning product.
Disclaimer: SUPERCLEAN Carpet & Flood Restoration is not responsible for any damage that may occur in treating spots, always test first in a small hidden area or in a corner to see results.