There’s nothing worse than the first big stain you get on your brand-new carpet – the panic, the tears, the upset! But not to fear, we’ve got a handy guide to take you through how to treat pretty much every stain we can think of (and even some we don’t want to think of…) so, if you’re googling in a panic, you’ve found the best place.
If you’ve ever accidentally knocked over a candle or had an accident with some rogue birthday cake candles, then burn marks can be a pain. If the carpet is synthetic, then it’s likely the burn marks won’t be repairable. If it’s a small burn, the ends of the pile could be trimmed. If the burns cover larger areas, then they might have to be replaced with saved waste. If your carpet is wool, then it could be salvaged by rubbing the burned areas with a coin and brushing them away. For either, ensure that you vacuum the floor thoroughly to pick up any debris after cleaning and repairing. Alternatively, for more tips on how to repair your carpet, check out our handy guide, or to keep your flooring in top top condition, discover our guide on how often you should hoover your flooring.
Getting paint out of carpet needn’t be a pain, you just need to know exactly what type of material you’re working with. If your carpet is made of synthetic fibres, you need to begin by scooping up as much as you can with a spoon and then blotting the spot with a paper towel. Then, you’ll need to apply a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent to a white cloth and blot. Make sure you don’t wet the backing. Blot dry and repeat if required. When this has removed most of the paint stain, repeat the blotting with water to remove any residue.
The cleaning process for removing paint from the carpet is almost identical for wool carpets too, except instead of blotting with dry-cleaning solution, you should apply white spirit to the stain carefully, leave it for five mins and then begin the blotting process.
Blood stains on the carpet can be a scary one to deal with, but the process is quite simple. Blot up as much of the blood as possible using a clean white cloth or paper towel. Next, you should freeze the affected spot with ice cubes in a plastic bag or use a specialist gum remover and scrape it off. Apply water to a white cloth and blot to remove blood from the carpet. Repeat this step until no more stains transfer onto the cloth. Then, dry the treated area with a white cloth and, using your hand or a super soft bristle brush, align the pile in one direction.
A red wine stain on the carpet is another stain that requires that all-important blotting process. Begin by blotting as much as possible using a clean white cloth or paper towel. Repeat the blotting process with water to remove residues, then dry the treated area with a white cloth and, using your hand or a super soft bristle brush, align the pile in one direction.
One of our most frequently asked carpet stain questions is how to clean sick off the carpet. Sick on the carpet is sometimes unavoidable when you live with children or pets, but you don’t have to get a whole new carpet for every little accident, and you certainly don’t have to live with the smell if you clean the stain properly! Scoop up as much as you can with a spoon, then blot the spot with a paper towel. Apply a suitable pet stain remover to a damp cloth and blot again, paying extra attention to woollen carpets. Repeat the blotting with water to remove residues and then dry the treated area with a white cloth and, using your hand or a super soft bristle brush, align the pile in one direction.
When it comes to how to get the sick smell out of the carpet, we recommend using a strong air freshener, opening the windows, and repeating the cleaning process several times if there is still no improvement
As a nation of tea lovers, there’s always going to be the possibility that we get a tea stain on our carpet when guests are around, or the dog gets too excited and knocks a cup over. If you act fast, tea stains can be a thing of the past. Blot up as much as possible using a clean white cloth or paper towel, then apply a suitable spot cleaner to a white cloth and blot and repeat. Pay extra attention to woollen carpets. Next, blot with a clean white cloth and repeat applications and blotting if necessary. When this has pulled up most of the stain, repeat the blotting with water to remove any extra residues. The same rules apply to removing coffee stains from carpets too.
When it comes to shoe polish, you’ll be really lucky if vacuuming right away can pick any of it up. This type of stain is going to require the services of a professional cleaner.
From bloodstains to removing paint from carpets, our guide should help you in any scenario where carpet stains strike. For the ultimate guide to carpet care and maintenance, why not check out our tips on how to clean carpets, or our guide on effectively cleaning a rug? If you would like more information (or even have some handy cleaning tips for our team to add to this article!) you can get in touch with us or head on over to our care guides.