How to Remove Carpet Stains

As far as floor coverings are concerned, carpets are widely recognised as one of the best and there are many reasons for this. Unfortunately however, it is somewhat inevitable that you may be faced with what is arguably a carpet owner’s worst nightmare – a stain. Whether it be a consequence of coffee cup clumsiness or perhaps one red wine too many, stains can plague your carpet and, if not dealt with appropriately, even cause some damage. Although to remove carpet stains may seem daunting, there is no cause for concern. Simply adhere to a few basic principles of carpet maintenance and remember a number of handy tips for spill-management and your carpet will remain in ideal condition, increasing its longevity and appeal.

How do you ensure your carpet’s ideal condition?

Before addressing the issue of a specific stain, it is advisable that you maintain the correct upkeep of your carpet from the very first point at which it is possible. Carpet consists typically of tightly woven fibres – synthetic, cotton, nylon and even wool. As such, it has a tendency to absorb things with which it comes into contact and this can have a considerably detrimental effect. Dust can become engrained within the weave and other, more chemically based substances can degrade the fibres and reduce the integrity of the carpet. The latter of these effects can exacerbate already problematic issues in the event of a spill or stain and because of this, it is important to keep your carpet in optimal condition. Listed below are a few ways in which you might keep your carpet at its best.
  • Vacuum it once a week
This might seem an overtly simple step to take, but it is remarkable exactly how instrumental it is in the upkeep of your carpet. One of the benefits of carpet is that it seldom shows dust or other grime to the more obvious extent of alternative floor coverings. Consequently, many carpet owners fail to recognise a build up of dust and vacuum it as frequently as they perhaps should. A weekly vacuum inhibits a build up of dust and other such abrasive particles capable of damaging the fibres of your carpet.
  • Be mindful of moisture
Water does not always have an adverse effect on your carpet – in fact it can be a powerful ally in the fight against stains, as you will find out in the remainder of this guide. What does have the potential to damage your carpet, however, is consistent and unmitigated moisture. This is often a more prevalent issue during summertime when humidity is heightened, or during prolonged periods of rain. Dampness can penetrate the fibres of your carpet and soften them, leaving the carpet susceptible to abrasion and degradation from dust particles and even everyday wear and tear. Additionally, damp fibres create an environment in which mould and mildew flourish and this is possibly the worst-case scenario for your carpet – particularly for carpets with fibres of an organic derivation such as cotton. Mould can actively consume such fibres, leaving the carpet weakened and highly vulnerable to tears and difficult stains. To avoid this, make sure your house is relatively watertight. Whilst they may seem somewhat pedantic steps to take, simply closing a window during heavy rain or turning on a ceiling fan when humidity is high can significantly improve the lifespan of your carpet.

What do you do when that inevitable spill occurs?

There is a plethora of suggestions circulating the Internet with regard to how a carpet stain might best be addressed. It is important to remember that different carpets have different properties and perhaps some of the more obscure methods might not apply across the board. To give you clarity, one of the most widely applicable stain-removal methods is listed below. Please note as well, that all methods are more effective when used to remove stains from a well-maintained carpet, hence the guidelines outlined above. Should you stain your carpet, remain calm and take the following steps:
  • Remove as much of the spilled substance as possible
Whether it is dirt or a coloured liquid, the first step to addressing a stain is to remove as much of the staining substance as possible. This can be done with a spoon or spatula, should the culprit be dirt or something similar; or with a towel or dry sponge to soak up spilled liquid. Do not scrub the spill when completing this step, as this will force the stain further into the carpet and, in the case of dirt or dust, damage the fibres of the carpet irreparably. All that is necessary is to either gently scoop the dirt or press the towel/sponge against the spill firmly and without any additional movement. This prevents more of the staining substance soaking into the carpet fibres and worsening the problem. Ideally, action of this nature will be taken immediately following the spill.
  • Apply warm water to the site
In completing the first step, you have alleviated any urgency as now; the stain is unlikely to get much worse. You now have time to treat with warm water and it is imperative that the water is warm, not hot. This should then be applied to the carpet in a manner that the carpet is not saturated. Allow this to sit for around five minutes.
  • Lay dry paper towel over the stain
Upon the completion of the five minutes, layer paper towels over the wet and stained area. These can be left overnight or until the moisture has lifted and the stain is no longer visible. Should the area be dry and the stain still visible, repeat the previous step. Once dry, the carpet can be vacuumed to restore it to its original state and lift the remaining residue from the carpet’s fibres. This approach, whilst basic, offers you the tools to maintain a fresh and appealing carpet and enjoy all the benefits that such a dynamic floor covering has to offer. In addition to the steps outlined above, it is advisable that you enlist – somewhat routinely – professional help to ensure that you get the most out of your carpet.

Contact Bennetts Carpet Cleaning today, experts in carpet cleaning Brisbane and let us help you remove those tough stains from your carpet.