Red Wine? Black Paint? What to Do When Stains Strike
Nobody loves cleaning. We do it because we must; the alternative is worse. Living in a pigsty may appeal to some – children, teenagers, lazy slouches – but there’s a certain amount of odd pride we all take in a gleaming house. You know it’s clean but you’re not sure how long it will last; you can just see another glass of red going over the lip of the coffee table, or coffee itself living brown rings near where you put your feet. You’ve told the kids not to use pens on the white carpet, but they never listen. Stains have wrestled control from, or have they? Learn how to tackle some of the most common nail-biters below.
Who doesn’t love a glass of red after a big day dealing with the worst of humanity or the best of it? You work hard, you deserve it. And now it’s on the floor. Don’t freak out – there are worse stains on a light coloured carpet and jumping on top of it straight away guarantees you’ll remove any trace of your oops moment in no time at all.
Step 1: Grab a clean cloth and blot (don’t rub) the stain, letting the cloth absorb the wine; always mix it up, so a fresh, unsullied part is blotting all the time.
Step 2: Blotted out? Add a dash of water to the stain and continue the previous step. Don’t overdo it on the water – stop when there’s more stain on the surface.
Step 3: A baking powder paste is definitely in order using a 3-1 split between baking soda and water. Coast the stain with the paste and let dry before vacuuming.
Step 4: If required, you can add a little carpet stain remover to take care of any excess.
Whether it was you, your housemate, your partner or your kids, getting ink of the carpet is a major no-no. Luckily, it’s ridiculously easy to remove an ink stain the first time around; if a little bit remains, just repeat again until its gone.
Step 1: Grab some rubbing alcohol or oil-free hairspray.
Step 2: Blot with a clean white clot, using alternate part of the square until you start to see the colour transferred to the bowl of warm water beside you. Repeat until stain free.
Nobody likes cleaning blood out of the carpet. Unfortunately, most of us face this unenviable task at least once in our lives and the experience isn’t particularly pleasant. If it’s a big blood stain, skip this process and use an off-the shelf product.
Step 1: Combine detergent and 2 cups of cold water.
Step 2: If blood has dried, use steel wool to remove the surface deposit; if the blood is wet, blot until surface area is clear with a clean cloth.
Step 3: Continue step 2 and change the water when required.
If you’ve had little luck removing these stains from your carpets, or there’s other stains that you are battling with, it’s time to call in the help of a professional Brisbane carpet cleaner. SafeClean are your guys! We have really good references to attest to our work and we’re just really nice people to let into your home! Don’t wait – call us today on (07) 3822 2333