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, inconspicuous 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 homemade solution of warm water and vinegar followed by sprinkling baking soda. Our professional pet odor remover is an excellent product that you can utilize in between professional cleanings as well.
Keep in mind, however, that homemade solutions are just a temporary fix and a professional cleaning is necessary in most cases in order to keep pet stains and odors under control permanently. It’s important to schedule a professional pet urine odor removal treatment whenever pet accidents become an issue.
#4 – Water Soluble Stains
For things like wine, chocolate, or vomit, consider Chem-Dry’s World Famous Spot Remover product. While there are many home remedies and stain removal products on the market, our spot remover has proven to be an effective resource for unexpected stains. You can quickly and thoroughly remove the most stubborn spots from carpets, upholstery, and auto interiors. Give us a call to get a can that you can keep on hand.
#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. Some stains are downright nasty, especially the ones that are grease or adhesive based. To fight them we suggest using a can of our professional strength Grease and Oil Remover product, a powerful solvent spotter. It removes those stubborn spots created by grease and oil that other stain removers may not be able to tackle.
#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. Be sure to test a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet first.
#7 – Coffee
Coffee can be tricky to remove from carpet. First and foremost, absorb as much of the stain as you can with a towel. Afterward, use our World Famous Spot Remover to lift the remaining coffee stains to the surface and blot with a clean white towel or cloth. If this doesn’t do the trick, you may need professional stain removal.
#8 – Washable Ink Or Latex Paint
Apply a small amount of cleaning solution containing ¼ teaspoon of 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
You could consider making your own cleaning solution using white vinegar and water. Don’t forget, though, our World Famous Spot Remover is an excellent option for removing all types of spills and stains. Rather than mixing your own stain removal concoctions that may not be effective, we suggest keeping a can of our professional strength spot remover on hand so that you’re ready for anything that comes your way at a moment’s notice.
Stain Removal And Protection In Lafayette, Indiana
Still unable to get rid of carpet stains for good? Or maybe you’re like most people and just not interested in creating your own DIY stain removal solutions? Don’t worry – our team here at Chem-Dry of Lafayette can help. Our proven methods and stain removal products lead the industry in stain removal and protection for the carpets in your Lafayette, Indiana home.
*Disclaimer: The above-mentioned tips are simply suggestions. Using any cleaning solutions, solvents or other mixtures should be done at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any cleaning results, or lack thereof, that are not performed by our professionally trained staff using our solutions and equipment.