Best Practices for Carpet Stain Removal

Quality care and maintenance is key to ensuring durability and extending the lifetime of your new carpeting. Therefore, it is important to understand best practices for stain removal to assure safeguarding your carpet in the event of a spill. We have gathered some insider tips and know-hows to guide you on how to handle even the toughest stains and to protect your new carpet designs and flooring designs.

Spot cleaning is key. It is important to always use a clean white cloth or paper towel, and blot the area. Next dip the cloth in water or a stain removal solution and apply to the affected area. Repeat this process until the stain fades. Scrubbing the carpet could cause more damage, permanently setting the stain.

A common home remedy solution requires a mix of neutral, pH balanced detergent, two teaspoons of mild dishwasher soap (such as Ivory), and a cup of water. After blotting the carpet with this solution, you can apply a mixture of white vinegar and water to the affected area, let it sit for several minutes, and then blot further using a fresh cloth.

Another popular solution for tougher stains such as coffee, red drinks, wine, tea, or ink requires applying club soda to the stain. Let the club soda sink in for a few minutes, then blot. Repeat these steps until the stain has faded or is removed. For a last resort try applying hydrogen peroxide to the stain and let sit for several hours. The chemical reaction should dissolve stains, allowing you to blot up any excess later on.

Make sure to always test a small spot of carpet with a new solution before applying to a larger and more noticeable area.

And lastly, but most importantly, you need to act fast. The quicker you address a stain the easier it will be to resolve.

Inspiration Nation

Looking for ideas for your next big design project or renovation? Flooring and carpeting tie together design and elemental aspects of every room, and therefore are critical to successfully putting together any aesthetic. We have gathered interior design blogs from across the web to bring the inspiration straight to you.   Check them out below to get ideas for your next flooring and carpet project.

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