Written by: Tom Masters*
Crayon and other items that can stain carpets cause a lot of problems. This is especially true when you have newer carpet and something spills or even in high traffic areas where foot traffic can leave disparaging stains from the door through the house. Fortunately, there are numerous methods that can help you remove stains from carpets.
The stains should not sit in the carpet for a long time, since this can cause further issues. Once the stain is noticed, immediate action to remove the stain should be taken to reduce the chances of having it be a permanent stain in the carpet.
Carpet Stain Removal Tips
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Dish soap such as Dawn helps to remove various stains that are found on many types of fibers. By mixing together a few drops with lukewarm water and scrubbing it into the stain, you can cut down on the mark it leaves behind, if not completely removing it.
Another method with this mixture is to place a light colored or white cloth over the stain. Pour the warm soapy water onto the cloth so that it draws the stain up from the carpet and into the cloth instead.
If it is crayon you’re trying to remove, placing a warm iron over the cloth to pick up a lot of the colored wax can also help. This will help melt down any of the crayon residue, so that it is easily removed from the carpet.
Mixing a couple drops of dish detergent in with white vinegar and hot water, letting it soak and then blotting it up is another method that many find beneficial. Vinegar has strong cleaning properties which can be used to your advantage when trying to remove stains.
Carpet Cleaning Product
The HOST Carpet Cleaning Kit offered through Blackstone Carpets provides a great line of defense against those carpet stains that are harder to pick up. This is an easy set that has a cleaning agent that is tough on stains but gentle on carpets, so you do not have to worry about the carpet being ruined with the cleaner. Best of all, it works on all types of carpets.
Hiring a Professional
If all else fails, call in a professional carpet cleaning company. While many choose to try to remove the stain themselves, if it is not budging for any reason then a professional company may be able to help. The company might also be able to provide you with additional tips and tricks.
The first line of defense with combating stains is to try to prevent them if possible. By reducing the amount of food, drinks or other stain causing items from the room, you may find that this helps cut back on the amount of stains that happen. Unless you have an allergen free carpet or a well-behaved pet, even the most beloved family pet can leave stains, as well as allergens that must be cleaned to remove unsightly marks as well as ghastly pet odors.
Stains, as well as odors, can be unsightly and embarrassing for a home owner, but they can be removed with the right methods. Quick action is always a good thing when it comes to removing the stains before they’re able to set. With the right method for you and the stain that you have in the carpet, you will find that it can be easy to remove the stains when the time comes.
*Tom Masters from Contractors Today graciously offered to write this blog for us.