How to easily clean carpet stains
No matter what precautions you take to protect your carpet, stains are bound to happen eventually. But don’t fret – because here are some tricks you can employ to keep your carpets stain-free, even after accidents happen.
- Blot, don’t rub
When you rub a stain, you can just end up spreading it all over the carpet rather than actually removing it. The key to avoiding this is to dab on the stain from the outside inward, using a clean cloth or sponge sprayed with a cleaning solution.
Blotting puts the right amount of pressure on the stain to absorb it, while rubbing can cause the stain particles to spread onto the carpet fibres. This can even lead to the breakdown of your carpet fibres, destroying your carpet bit by bit in the process.
- Know your stain
There’s no one size fits all for carpet stains – you must customise each solution depending on the type of stain you’re dealing with. For example, if you have pet stains – one of the most common problems for pet owners – use organic cleaners rather than chemicals, as the former is more effective. For blood stains, using hydrogen peroxide works. Gum stuck on your carpet can still be removed by freezing it with ice cubes and then scraping it off with a spoon. There are suitable solutions depending on the stain you’re trying to remove, so don’t rush in until you’ve researched it.
- Deep clean your carpet
Finally, make sure that you deep clean your carpet on a regular basis (ideally every six months) to keep it looking fresh and new. A great way to do this is by using a steam-cleaning machine, which involves a cleaning solution under pressure that’s injected deep into the carpet via water-jet nozzles. The machine then extracts the solution now paired with dirt, grime, and debris from your carpet. If you don’t want to spend the money on this equipment, you may be able to hire a deep steam cleaner, or engage a professional.