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The Dos and Don’ts of Removing Carpet Stains

We’ve all been there: you’re enjoying a glass of wine or a meal in your living room, and suddenly, it falls to the floor. You’ve made a mess, and you only have a brief amount of time before that mess turns into a stain.

Removing carpet stains and spills is a pain. How can you protect your carpet before that pesky wine stain is stuck there for good?

We’re here to help. Read on to learn how to remove carpet stains (and what you should avoid).

Act Fast

This is the most important “do” when dealing with carpet stains. You don’t want to give the stain any time to set in. Handle it as soon as possible.

When you first see the stain, try to soak up anything that’s still damp. Even if the spill is fresh, you likely won’t be able to pick it all up. Use a microfiber cloth and remove what you can. 

Acting fast might be the difference between a permanent stain and an easy-to-solve problem. 

Know Your Spill Type

So what is that stain anyway? If you’re not the one that spilled something on your carpet, take a minute to determine what the spill is. 

Carpet cleaning will vary depending on what it is that you’re cleaning. Water-soluble stains will be far different than oil-based stains, for example. If you use the wrong carpet cleaner, you might make things worse. 

Don’t Bleach Your Carpet

If you’re panicking, you might reach right for the bleach or peroxide or even a cleaning product that you use elsewhere around the house. Not so fast! Unless your carpets are already pearly-white, you’re making a big mistake. 

The wrong cleaning products will bleach your carpet. Unlike most stains, discoloration is impossible to fix. Don’t ruin your carpet by trying to clean it. 

Don’t Use DIY “Hacks”

There are some DIY cleaning methods that actually work. These are the tried-and-true methods like using vinegar and baking soda to remove stains and odors. 

Not all “hacks” are legitimate. Remember, anyone can post a hack online. It doesn’t mean that the hack is real.

Common “bad” hacks include using white wine to remove red wine, using cola to remove any stains, and using peanut butter to get rid of gum or wax. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Don’t Panic (Hire a Pro Instead)

So what if, no matter what you do, that stubborn stain won’t go anywhere? It’s time to hire a professional to take care of it. Sure, you could just hide the stain underneath some furniture until it’s a problem for future-you, but why not take care of it right away? 

Professionals know how to remove stains even when they’re stubborn. They can use high-quality tools and cleaning products to make quick work of the stain and leave your carpet looking as good as new.

Removing Carpet Stains: Do It Right

Removing carpet stains can be tricky. Keep these tips in mind next time you have a stubborn stain in your home. Be careful not to make it worse!

Are you in need of professional cleaning services to get rid of stains on your carpet? We want to help! Contact Fay’s Affordable Carpet Cleaning today.

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