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Spot and Stain Removal


Keeping your carpets clean is important not only because you want to keep your home looking good, but also because you want your carpet to last as long as possible. The following are a few spot and stain removal tips to help you keep your carpeting looking as good as new for years to come.

Types of Stains and Tips on How to Remove Them:

Different stains require different methods of removal. The following are a few spot and stain removal tips for some of the more common types of stains.

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  • Water Soluble - Some stains can be removed by simply using water. This includes alcoholic beverages, food dyes, sodas, berries, ice cream, milk, mud, paint, washable ink and more.
  • Fats and Oils - Begin by using a dry towel to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Then cover the spot with cornstarch, which will soak the oil up from the carpet's fibers. Let the cornstarch sit for an hour before vacuuming it up. Once you're done, spread a small layer of grease fighting dish detergent onto the spot. Scrub it using a soft toothbrush. Add a small amount of water to the spot and then quickly blot it up.
  • Pet Urine - Absorb what you can using paper towels. Blot, then spray it with a solution made up of one part water and one part white vinegar. Once you have done that, mix together a half-teaspoon of mild detergent along with roughly 32 ounces of water and spray it on the stain. Rinse it and blot it to dry.
  • Blood - If blood has been spilt on your carpet, try spraying it with cold water first and then blot it with a dry towel. If this doesn't work, use a solution made out of one tablespoon of liquid dish washing detergent and two cups of cold water. Apply the solution to the stain and then brush the spot with a toothbrush.

What Not to Do If the Stain Is Permanent

Unfortunately, sometimes a stain becomes permanent - especially if you didn't have a chance to clean the stain immediately. The following are a few things you should avoid doing to a permanent stain:

  • Don't rub the stain - Frantically rubbing the stain can not only cause the stain to be driven further into the carpet, but it could cause damage to the carpet's material.
  • Don't start at the center - By trying to blot or scrub from the center of the stain, you'll take the risk of spreading the stain even more. You should always wipe or blot from the outside in.
  • Don't use hot water - Hot water will just cause the stain's structure to change, which can result in it bonding with the surface of your carpet.
  • Don't use harsh cleaning solutions - Always try using mild detergents or water first. Harsh cleaning solutions can damage the carpeting.

Pet Odors and Stains

The majority of odors that we are asked to remove are a result of pets that stay indoors. Today, it seems that homeowners leave their pets inside more then ever before. Consult our pet odor and stain removal guide for detailed information on how to handle these particularly difficult carpet issues.

While many stains can be removed using home remedies, particularly bad stains should be removed by a professional service such as Rainbow International®. If the previous spot and stain removal tips fail, than the last thing you should do is attempt more severe methods as this can damage your carpet. Rainbow International has the products and the experience to treat even the most difficult stains and spots. Even if the stain is permanent, Rainbow International may be able to replace a small portion of the carpet with another piece, thereby avoiding the need to replace the entire carpet. Contact Rainbow International today for more information regarding spot and stain removal.