At Van’s Chem-Dry we know that accidents will happen, especially on your carpet. Whether it’s spilled juice, pet urine, or paint, it can leave behind an ugly stain that doesn’t look good on any carpet.
The good news is that there are specific methods for treating different types of stains on your carpet. So before you give up entirely and place furniture over the stain, take a look at some proven tips from the carpet cleaning pros at Van’s Chem-Dry in Sacramento and Elk Grove.
Treating Water-Soluble Carpet Stains
Water-soluble stains consist of things like latex paint, washable ink, vomit, blood, chocolate, berries, or drinks. Using a simple cleaning solution typically works well to remove these types of stains. But remember with all types of stains, the sooner you treat it the better your chances of getting it out of your carpet! A stain that has settled for a long time will require professional attention to have a chance of getting out.
Try mixing 1 tablespoon ammonia with 1 cup of water, or ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar with 32 ounces of water to treat these stains. However, don’t use them on wool or wool-blend carpet. Try a mild detergent with warm water instead. Be sure to blot or dab the stain and not scrub it as this can cause the stain to become worse.
Remember to be persistent and patient during the process. Removing stains may take several attempts to achieve desired results.
Treating Wax And Oily Carpet Stains
Try placing ice on top of the wax, gum, or similar substances on your carpet, then pick it out with a blunt knife. You may also try covering the stain with a paper towel then ironing over it on a warm setting.
Lightly cover the area with rubbing alcohol for glue spilled on the carpet, then wipe it away gently. For nail polish, use a rag dipped in a small amount of nail polish remover. Just test an area of your carpet first to make sure it doesn’t discolor the fibers. A small problem can become worse if you fail to test before application.
Treating Pet Urine And Odors On Carpet
Never neglect pet urine accidents on the carpet. Besides the obnoxious odors, they can contribute to and trigger serious health issues for your family. People with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or emphysema can be at high risk of tremendous negative effects. Pet urine may even also cause allergies.
Try absorbing as much of the stain as possible with a towel, then use a homemade or store-bought cleaning solution to remove the stain. Most people have used one cup of white vinegar with a cup of water to gently blot up the accident. For pet stains and their associated odor and bacteria to be removed completely, you’ll need to schedule professional pet urine and odor removal treatment from Van’s Chem-Dry.
See our previous blog “How To Treat And Prevent Dog Accidents” for tips on how to make sure another accident doesn’t happen again in the future.
Advanced Carpet Cleaning In Sacramento & Elk Grove, CA
Even if you experience success at removing stains on your own, be sure to schedule carpet cleaning from Van’s Chem-Dry at least once every year. We can help you keep your carpets free from stains as well as harmful allergens and bacteria. Our process removes 98 percent of allergens from carpet and 89 percent of airborne bacteria for cleaner and fresher air indoors. We can also apply a specially formulated carpet stain protectant to more fully shield your carpet from future stains.