With fall quickly approaching, that means the holiday season is just around the corner. With plenty of gatherings and unexpected visits from friends, your home is about to be open to a world of staining possibilities! Whether you’re welcoming messy house guests into your home this fall or you simply want to be prepared to future accidents, Floor Coverings International has some quick and easy ways to remove the most common stains from your carpeting.
Wine Stains. There’s nothing like enjoying a glass of wine after a hard day’s work. Whether you’re dealing with a red wine spill or a white wine spill, the solution is the same. Grab a paper towel or microfiber cloth and blot as much of the spilled wine as possible. Then mix on tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with a tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Apply the solution in small batches, blotting the excess away frequently. Continue to do this until the stain is removed. If this method doesn’t work, you can always mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dish soap. This method works best on light-colored carpeting, as hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent and can do major damage to darkly colored carpets.
Pet Stains. The weather can be unpredictable in fall, which means you never know what Fido’s going to step into when they have to go to the bathroom. For pet stains, it’s best to use a commercial cleaner designed specifically to work on those types of stains and remove any set-in odors. On particularly rainy days, keep a towel by the back door to wipe off any excess mud on your pet’s paws to help limit the amount they get onto the carpet.
Food Stains. Whether you’re watching television on the couch with a snack plate in front of you or you have visitors with hungry young children, food can get spilled at any given moment for any reason. To prevent it from staining your carpets, scoop up any excess food as quickly as you can. Then use an absorbent powder, like baking soda, and allow it to soak into whatever food has spilled. After 15-20 minutes (depending on how large the area of the stain is), vacuum the dried powder. If you still notice the stain, spot clean it with warm water and detergent until all of the food has been removed.
Accidental spills are bound to happen. Whether your carpet is brand new or older but mostly unscathed, don’t let these stains stress you out! Remember that when it comes to stain removal, the faster you act, the more effectively the stain will come out.