To maintain your carpets you will have to have a basic understanding of how to correctly remove spills. Remember you won’t be able to remove some stains. Some of them are permanent. Stains can be removed depending on a couple of things.
1. Firstly, how long the stain has been left on the carpet and has it penetrated the carpet and permanently changed the carpet fibres? The second thing is, has the stain been scrubbed trying to remove it? This will only spread the stain across a larger area of the carpet’s fibres and the heat created by the friction of scrubbing can set the stain.
2. Using stain removal products from your local supermarket or shop are usually sold as one solution to all stains they don’t often work. They can sometimes make things worse. To find out whether stains can be removed you must first find out the carpet’s fibre and whether the stain is water-based or oil-based.
3. Water-based stains such as coffee or wine on a wool carpet is very difficult or impossible to fully remove.
The key is to tackle a stain as soon as it happens. The removal of water-based stains will need a spray bottle, cool water and a kitchen roll.
Place the kitchen roll over the stain after folding a few sheets, then press down on the stain you’ll see that the stain is transferring from the carpet to the kitchen roll.
Repeat this process until the stain is transferred onto the kitchen roll. Lightly spray the area with water. Try not to overspray as you could penetrate through to the backing which could cause browning. Start rubbing the whole stain with your fingers, try not to rub too hard. This should release more of the stain. Repeat the blotting process as before and use a little more spray as needed until the stain has been removed. If you have an oil-based stain you will need to contact Bubble and Squeak Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning and we will be able to help.