Carpets are made out of delicate fabric on the outside. Never brush the carpet or scrape it as soon as you see a stain. You may ruin the fibers of the carpet and cause permanent damage. If the stain is fresh, use water and blotting paper immediately to reduce the intensity. However, this process works only on water-soluble stains, such as alcohol, juices, sodas, dyes, foods, gravy, mud, ink, and latex paints. For more difficult blemishes, mix one tablespoon ammonia in one cup of water. If ammonia does not help, you can try chlorine bleach by mixing one part bleach in 5 parts of water. Test on a hidden area of the carpet to see if the material becomes discolored.
Oil and wax
When the stain is fresh, put a blotting paper or paper towel directly on the area and place a hot iron on it. The heat will cause the wax or oil to stick to the blotting paper without staining your carpet.
Cigarettes can burn the carpet and leave a blackish brown mark on them. Take a blunt knife and gently rub off the stain. However, do not be too harsh while scrubbing. Use gentle motions to not disturb the fibers.
Adhesives and glue
Take a small cotton ball and some rubbing spirit like alcohol and press it hard over the stain. Once the glue gets moistened by the alcohol, it will come off if you finish with a damp cloth.
Use a good nail polish remover and some tissue paper to clean off the stain. You can also use cotton for blotting.
These are just some of the possible answers for how to get stains out of your carpet. However, there are many ready made products available to help you clean this type of flooring. For older blemishes, these chemical removers are much more effective. The best alternative is to call in a professional to thoroughly clean your carpet.
For more information on how to maintain your carpet and keep it stain free, call Gowdy Flooring at (806) 353-6226. Browse our website to get more details about the products and services offered. You can also use the Contact Us page to connect with us via email. Be sure to visit our showroom at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.