Keeping carpets clean can be a challenge—especially when tough stains like blood, paint, and pet urine make their way onto your floors.
The good news is, Chem-Dry can help get rid of them for good with premier stain removal and protection in Lafayette, Indiana. And between our visits, here are some insider tips for keeping unsightly stains under control in your home.
#1 – Blood
Act fast by using cold water to rinse the stain. Next, use a cleaning solution of 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid in cold water. Oxi-Clean is also highly effective on blood carpet stains.
#2 – Ink
Dip a clean cloth in isopropyl alcohol, then gently dab over the stain. Be sure not to rub too hard as this will push the stain further into the carpet fibers. Nail polish remover may also work well. Whichever option you choose, be sure to test a small area of your carpet first and when you’re finished removing the stain, rinse the area clean with warm water.
#3 – Pet Urine And Odors
Pick up or gently blot as much of the stain as possible. Afterward, try a pet stain remover that contains ammonia and specifically states it’s safe for pets. A homemade solution of warm water and vinegar followed by sprinkling baking soda can also be effective.
Keep in mind that to keep pet stains and odors under control permanently, it’s important to schedule a professional pet urine odor removal treatment at least on an annual basis.
#4 – Water Soluble Stains
For things like wine, chocolate, or vomit, try a solution of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon ammonia or 5 parts water with 1 part chlorine bleach. If you have a wool-blend carpet, use only gentle soap and water.
#5 – Oil, Wax, Fat, Or Gum
Place ice over gum or wax stains, then pick out the stain using a knife once it dries and vacuums any remnants away. For wax, oil, or fat, place a soft towel over the stain then iron over it so the stain sticks to the towel.
#6 – Glue
Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol then gently blot it over the stain. Wipe any remaining glue away using a soft cloth.
#7 – Coffee
After you’ve absorbed as much of the stain as you can with a towel, use a cleaning solution of 1 ¼ cups water and ¼ cup bleach. Rinse the area when finished. Again, be sure to test a smart portion of your carpet first. If bleach discolors your carpet, schedule professional stain removal, and protection instead.
#8 – Washable Ink Or Latex Paint
Apply a small amount of cleaning solution containing ¼ teaspoon white vinegar and 32 ounces of water. Use a small amount at a time and repeat the process as needed until the stain is gone.
#9 – Alcoholic Beverages, Cola, Dyes, And Food
Make your own cleaning solution using white vinegar and water or use a store-bought stain remover like Oxi-Clean or Resolve.
Stain Removal And Protection In Lafayette, Indiana
Still unable to get rid of carpet stains for good? Don’t worry—Chem-Dry of Lafayette can help. Our proven methods lead the industry in stain removal and protection for the carpets in your Lafayette, Indiana home.