Everyone has been there at one point: you’re hanging out in your kitchen, making dinner for the family, when you hear something spill in the living room. You run over, only to see that your child has knocked over his entire cup of grape juice, right onto your fairly new, light-colored carpeting. The natural instinct in most of these cases is to panic, and immediately start rubbing the stain and putting whatever you have access to into the spot in an attempt at removing it. In most cases, this is NOT what you want to do! It’s important that you take the proper steps to remove tough stains before they soil and fully soak into your carpet’s fabric and fibers. Some of the most common stains that are hard to treat include blood, jellies and jams, juice, wine, and the ever-present red clay that can be tracked in on shoes.
When a spill occurs, it’s vital that you do your best to take care of it as promptly as possible. The best option for a new stain is to immediately grab a towel, soak it in water, and very gently blot the stain. This will remove the majority of liquid from the area, allowing you to fully clean whatever has happened to soak in already. Once you are able to get rid of most of the liquid, you can then focus on actually cleaning and removing the stain. For most people, they prefer to buy a solution from the store that is effective at removing carpet stains. This can be an easy, cheap solution in most cases. However, if you want something a little more natural for your home, you may want to go the frugal route and create your own cleaning solution! You can make this easily with a bottle of white vinegar, mixed with water and a few drops of essential oil. This is a non-toxic, all-natural product that can clean most tough stains if taken care of in a timely manner.
In some cases, you may require a more serious clean, such as instances where the juice has had some time to penetrate, or where there is a larger stain that covers most of a carpet or rug. In these cases, you may possibly want to think about heading to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and renting a carpet steam cleaner. They are fairly inexpensive, and can be used on an hourly or daily basis. More often than not, they come with everything you need as well, to make the process as simple as possible.
If you prefer to let the professionals handle the mess, it may be a better idea to choose a carpet cleaning company that is local to your area, such as TNT Chem-Dry, to take care of the problem for you. These companies specialize in tough stains and worn, older fabrics. I prefer using a chem-dry carpet cleaning franchise because they are one of the few national companies that utilize a non-toxic, all-natural carpet cleaning solution. This puts my mind at ease as I know that after the process is complete, my family won’t have any potentially harmful fumes or residue remaining on the carpet’s fibers.