DIY Spot & Stain Removal
With today’s stain resistant carpet, treating spots and stains has never been easier. With proper patience and prompt attention, most common household spills can be removed. Preventing soiling and spill is all about planning, but no matter how hard you try, spots and stains are going to happen.
The first step in any DIY carpet cleaning trick is to act quickly! Many spills can be removed when immediate action is taken. The longer you wait, the higher the probability that a spill will become a permanent stain. No carpet is completely stain proof. So to knock out spots and stains give them a one-two punch!
#1-Absorb the spill: Blot the liquids with a clean, white cloth, or white paper towels (no prints or colors). Start at the outside of the stain and continue working your way outward to prevent the stain from spreading. Blot until barely damp. Semi-solid food spills may need scooping up with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up. Do not scrub. Scrubbing can damage the carpet because fraying and texture change is the likely result.
#2-Treat the Spot or Stain: With any cleaner ALWAYS pre test on a hidden area of your carpet. If you are using a carpet spot removal product from the store, make sure and follow the product’s directions carefully. Again, blot, don’t scrub from the edges to the center.
We have put together a few DIY tricks that use common, household items and are generally safe for your carpets. Remember to always pre test on a hidden area of your carpet. If that spot or stain just won’t come out, call the professionals at Sunrise Cleaning & Restoration!
A simple solution of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and Dawn dish detergent can lift some of the most difficult stains. Mix 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2-3 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon (1 squirt) Dawn. Using this mixture in a spray bottle, spray on the stain and gently work the solution into the stain with a white cloth (edges to center) and rinse with warm water, blotting dry. This “miracle” solution can be used on tough stains like red wine, grape juice, lipstick, pet stains, chocolate, and tomato sauce.
If you find gum on your carpet, don’t panic. Simply place a couple of ice cubes on the gum until it is frozen and lift with the back of a spoon or butter knife.
Using hydrogen peroxide alone can remove tough stains in your carpet such as blood, coffee, and tea!