Spillages and stains around the home are, like death and taxes, a certainty. Knowing how to tackle various stains, on different fabrics and surfaces, is a key part of the homeowner’s guide to sanity. The following are tried-and-tested stain removing tips and tricks from Carpet Cleaning Cedar Hill.
Carpet Stain Removal
Whenever liquid spillage occurs, your first step should be to blot the excess liquid with a dry paper towel [NB: Blot, do not rub, as rubbing will merely serve to rub the stain into the carpet fibers]. For coffee, tea, cool-drink and wine [the age-old nightmare stain], a solution of vinegar [about ½ a teaspoon] to water [about 1 liter] and a non-bleaching detergent should be used after blotting [or upon discovery of the stain]. Spritz the solution onto the carpet, blot and repeat. In general, for thorough carpet cleaning, a liquid vacuum cleaner is recommended, and you will want to follow your stain removal solution up with a good onceover with the vacuum.
Wine aside, your carpet cleaning prowess has not been tested until your beloved pet has left you a little surprise on the carpet. In the case of pet stains, you have to deal with the stain as well as the residual odor. Obviously, you will want to start by cleaning up the initial mess. Thereafter, proceed with the blotting method using the self-same vinegar/water/detergent solution as above. Vacuum thoroughly, and then press baking soda into the stain with the palm of your [gloved] hand. Leave the baking soda on the stain for a couple of hours before vacuuming again.
Upholstery Stain Removal
The first upholstery stain removing tip is more of a preventative measure-vacuum your upholstery regularly. Most of us vacuum our carpets often, but tend to skip over our furniture. When a spillage occurs on the upholstery, and we take to it with water, we then inadvertently end up making ‘mud’ with the dust on the fabric.
As always, start with blotting. It goes without saying that, if your upholstery is particularly old or valuable, you might want to consult a professional before proceeding beyond the blotting stage. Regardless of the age and value of your upholstery, unless you want to risk worsening the stain, it is recommended that you spot test your chosen stain remover somewhere inconspicuous-such as at the back of the couch or on the underside of a couch cushion. For most food and beverage stains, dabbing with a solution comprising of one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid to two cups of water should to the trick. For oil-based stains, gently rub baking soda into the stain, leave to sit for about half an hour, and then vacuum with an upholstery attachment.
Porcelain, Enamel and Acrylic Stain Removal
Bathtubs, showers and tile floors may become stained not only by accidental spillages, but by the build-up of grime and soap scum as well.
Porcelain, being notably resilient, can be effectively cleaned with abrasive powder and a pot scourer. For exceptionally tough stains, a pumice stone may be used-just be sure that the surface is indeed porcelain, as enamel and acrylic surfaces cannot handle the same level of abrasion.
When cleaning enamel, non-bleach, non-peroxide commercial cleaning liquid-such as a cream cleaner-should be used. And, for acrylic, a vinegar mixture is most suitable. For both enamel and acrylic, a soft sponge or microfiber cloth should do the trick without corroding the surface in question.