Accidents happen and carpets get stained and never more so than at this time of year with Christmas parties and gatherings a plenty so here’s our top tips on removing stains from carpets and upholstery.
- Removing Ink Stains – Check what type of ink it is, water based, ballpoint or permanent. Hairspray works wonders on ballpoint and permanent marker stains, simply spray it directly onto the stain and then use a clean white cloth to lightly blot it and repeat if necessary. Once the area is stain free dab the area with a towel dipped in lukewarm water. Lukewarm water on its own will remove water based ink.
- Removing Nail Polish – Blot the stain until you’ve removed as much as possible and then apply a small amount of nail polish remover to a soft cloth and blot again. Change the part of the cloth being used often to prevent the nail polish being moved around and once the area is stain free, clean with water and mild soap.
- Removing Dirt or Mud – Allow to dry first, don’t try cleaning when wet as you’re only make the stain worse. Once dry, pick up and loose large bits by hand and vacuum the smaller bits and then add liquid laundry detergent to the stain and leave for a few minutes. Then using a white cloth gently work the detergent in to the area and once cleaner, rinse with water.
- Removing Coffee Stains – Act fast and grab a paper towel to dab up the liquid until there is no excess left. Mix one teaspoon of mild detergent with half a litre of water and blot this onto the stain using a clean cloth. If you need to, repeat the process with 50:50 mix of water and vinegar.
These methods are all tried and tested but remember before you take action on the stain always test on an inconspicuous piece of the carpet / fabric that isn’t on display. Follow this advice and your carpets will look as good as new.