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How To Remove Rug Spots And Stains

Are you part of the do-it-yourself cleaning products revolution that’s sweeping the country? If not, maybe it’s time to get on board! This increasingly popular trend of using homemade cleaners is catching like wildfire for many different reasons.

Some homeowners want to avoid the abundance of chemicals found in many commercial cleaning products, which may be harmful to people and to the environment. Other homeowners are looking for ways to cut costs. Cleaning alternatives that use common household items can be effective yet slightly less expensive than their commercial counterparts. Using homemade cleaning solutions also lessens the need for specialty cleaning products, saving shoppers storage space and the time it takes to hunt for those items.

If you have carpeting in your home, you’ve probably felt the rush of anxiety that comes when a family member, guest or pet stains the carpet, and you realise that you don’t have any stain remover in the house. With a little DIY knowledge and finesse, you can avoid the worry that accompanies carpet spills, and resort to your homemade cleaning solution.

How Can I Remove a Stain at Home?

Here are some stain removing recipes that you can try the next time there’s a carpet or rug mishap, to tide you over until you can book your rug or carpet in for a professional clean with us:

  • – Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp of dish soap, and then add water. Use this in a spray bottle and spray any affected areas liberally. Let this soak for 5-10 minutes and then proceed with blotting a clean, dry towel until the stain is reduced.
  • – For those times when you need a little more stain fighting power, add baking soda to dish washing liquid, white vinegar and warm water. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and you’re ready to go.
  • – Or, try a combination of white vinegar, salt, and lavender scented essential oil to clean stains and deodorize.

If your pet if your carpet or rug’s worst enemy, here are four natural remedies to try, so you can reduce pet stains and their accompanying odours.

  1. Lemon juice
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Vinegar
  4. Dish soap

These compounds, whether they’re working together or alone, are sure to help clean and reduce stains and marks on any carpet or rug.

It’s usually best to spray the solution on a clean towel or cloth, and then apply it to the carpet. Always use a blotting motion and never rub the carpet or rug vigorously. Rubbing may only serve to work the stain further into the fabric and can also damage the fibres, altering the carpet or rug’s appearance. When working on a stain, we suggest starting from the outside, and move in toward the middle to prevent spreading the stain and making it larger. After the stain is removed, lightly blot up any excess moisture left behind by the solution.

Before trying any of these homemade stain removers, be sure to test a small amount of the solution in an inconspicuous place such as in a corner or under a large piece of furniture. This way you can check for colour fading or other damage. For the best results, always treat stains right away. Letting them sit for even a few minutes can make them difficult to eliminate!

How to Avoid Spills and Stains

Here are five easy steps to take to avoid carpet spills and stains in the first place:

  1. Try to limit all eating and drinking to one or two rooms in your home.
  2. Place area rugs under tables and chairs, position mats at all entrances and exit doorways, and encourage people to wipe their feet or remove their shoes before coming inside.
  3. Keep art supplies such as markers in closed containers and supervise children when they are being used.
  4. Be diligent in house training pets, and keep their paws clean.
  5. Confine makeup and beauty products to bathrooms or t other non-carpeted areas, especially nail polish.

With a few preventative measures and some homemade carpet stain cleaners in your arsenal, you can keep your carpet as good as new with minimal effort. But remember, if you encounter a stubborn stain you’re unsure of, it’s time to call a carpet or rug cleaning professional such as ourselves!

You can contact us over the phone on 01269 842497 or send us an email to hello@theruglaundry.co.uk.

Source: A Comprehensive Guide to Oriental & Specialty Rug Cleaning by Ellen Amirkhan & Aaron Groseclose

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