Holiday baking has become a tradition for many people. We make all manner of cakes, cookies and other tasty treats. Many of these treats come with brightly colored frosting and this frosting all too often fall onto our carpets. Red, green, and blue stains can be rather difficult to remove out of carpets. Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning offer tips on how to remove the stain rather than focusing on the frosting. We want to focus on the food coloring itself for that is the main product of stains.
How to Remove Tough Stains from Carpet
A few things we must cover before we get started. One: always blot at a stain, never scrub or rub a stain. This will cause the stain to spread and go deeper into your carpets. Also don’t press down when blotting either for the same reason. Next always use a white cloth or paper towel when cleaning a stain. Color or dyed cloths or paper towels can stain carpet worse by seeping the dye from the cloth into the carpet. Lastly never use “HOT” water. You may need to use cold or warm, but hot water can cause carpets to shrink or get damaged. Now that we covered the “do not’s” of carpet clean let’s begin.
Step 1. Clean up any stain as they occur. It is must easier to remove stains while they are fresh. As a stain or the dyes set in, it becomes much harder to clean.
Step 2. Gently blot any spills or accidents with a paper towel. Try to remove as much of the stain as possible, if you have a wet vacuum they work great at picking up the mess too.
Step 3. Use cold water to saturate the stain to help loosen it up, especially frosting. Then blot at the stain until you have removed as much as possible.
Step 4. Let’s make a cleaning solution. Use one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and two cups of water. NOTE: if your stain is red use ammonia in place of the white vinegar.
Step 5. Either pour or use a spray bottle to put the solution onto a “white” cloth and blot at the stain. Mildly saturate the stain with the cloth.
Step 6. Use a dry “white” cloth and blot at the stain until you soak up the cleaning solution. The stain should start to come out of the carpet. (Repeat step 5 and 6 until the stain is removed.)
Step 7. Use a sponge with some rubbing alcohol for more stubborn stains with small amounts of warm water. Use a dry cloth to blot at the stain until dry.
Step 8. Use a dry paper towel on the stain with some pressure to soak up the moisture. Don’t do this step until the stain is gone.
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Don’t let a nasty stain ruin your Christmas spirit this year. Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning wishes you happy holidays and good luck with your carpet cleaning. If you find some stains are more then you want to deal with, contact Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning for all your carpet cleaning needs and more.