Potentially seeming like a cheap and easy solution for removing carpet stains, home remedies and all-purpose cleaning products often end up making the problem worse. In an effort to help you avoid permanently staining your carpets or causing other damage, we at Steam Masters would like to share a few myths surrounding carpet stain removal today.
Should You Scrub a Stain?
Our instinct tells us to get rid of the stain as quickly as possible when we spill something on the carpet. It is common to scrub the stain as a result, as we hope that if we apply enough pressure, we will rub it out of existence. This tactic will make the stain harder to remove as you rub it into the fibers, unfortunately. Use warm water, a cloth and to dab at the stain, starting on the outer edges and working your way inwards for the most effective way to treat very recent stains.
Solution: Instead of attacking the stain with rubbing and scrubbing tactics, only blot and dab the stain to remove them.
Does White Wine Get Red Wine Out of Carpet?
This myth is commonly believed to by the answer in red wine tragedies. The best way to remove red wine stains, they say is by pouring white wine, clear alcohol (often gin) or a mixture of both. This is nowhere near as effective as using a stain remover. Not only can save a glass of wine, but you
will get much better results from hiring an experienced professional, and we often treat red wine stains on carpets and upholstery in hotels.
Solution: Consider investing in professional carpet cleaning to remove red wine stains from the carpet.
Can You Use Dishwashing Liquid to Spot Clean Stains?
Being chemically mild and safe to use on fiber, dishwashing liquid is often sometimes recommended as a way to treat stains. Using it as a spot cleaner will leave behind a sticky residue, however. Your carpet will get dirtier quicker, as a result. If you don’t want to risk dampness damaging your carpets, this is because it is designed to be washed away with a substantial amount of water – too much to use on carpets.
Solution: Whenever you may use a spot of mild dishwashing liquid make sure the area is rinsed well without oversaturating the area and dry well.
Cost of Professional Carpet Stain Removal
Contacting a professional is the smart choice though home remedies may seem like a low-cost solution for stain removal. Leading to a costly replacement which exceeds the amount charged for a stain removal call-out, home remedies or ill-informed DIY can damage your carpet and upholstery.
Solution: Because home remedies can steer you in the wrong direction and lead to damage, it is best to simply hire a professional to remove those tough stains.