Accidents on carpets do occur and may leave unpleasant stains on your carpet. The good news is that you don't always need to call a professional carpet cleaner to get rid of these small stains. The most important thing to do is to take prompt action whenever a liquid is spilled on your carpet. A number of common household products and solutions are also used as carpet stain remover products. The most common household items used are clean absorbent towel or cloth, a dry solution, a detergent solution, white vinegar and household ammonia.
Whenever a liquid is spilled on the carpet, the first thing to do is to scrap off any excess before you clean up the affected area. When you use a detergent do over wet the stain. Apply the cleaning agent to an absorbent cloth and not directly on the carpet. It is more prudent to clean the stain from the outside and work your way inwards. You should always use a hair dryer while carpet and upholstery cleaning. This is to keep the carpet dry during the stain removal process. Before using any detergent or solution, apply it first on a unnoticeable area of the carpet and not directly on the stain. There are some common carpets stains that can be removed with household items:
Liquids like alcohol, coffee, tea and soft drink spills can be removed by first blotting up the excess spilling and then applying a detergent vinegar solution. The detergent vinegar solution should be used in small amount, a little at a time. You should start from the outer edges of the stain and then work your way inwards.
For items like chocolates, ice creams, sweets, egg, milk and glue use a blunt knife to remove large potion of the stain. Afterwards apply a detergent solution. The solution should be applied from the outer layers of the stain before working your way inwards.
3. Solids And Fats
When you are dealing with oils, fats, solid particles, shoe polish, chewing gum and tar, use a blunt knife and a drying solution to remove the stain. Once this is done, apply a detergent vinegar solution to the affected area. This should be blot dried and rinsed.
4. Other Stains
If you are faced with an unknown stain, start by scrapping off or blotting up the excess spill. Apply a dry cleaning solution with lukewarm water and blot dry. If this does not work use a vinegar solution and blot dry.
In the of the above stain removal methods discussed above, spray a mixture of one part white vinegar with four parts water and spray it over the affected area. When the affected area becomes damp, blot the area to remove the excess moisture. Spread a white towel or cloth over the affected area and place a heavy item over it. This should be kept overnight.
In case the stain still remains, it is advisable to call a professional carpet cleaning professional.