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Simple Stain Removal Tips and Tricks

Simple Stain Removal Tips and Tricks

Carpet maintenance may not seem like something that your carpet needs regularly, but it’s important to properly care for your carpet to keep it looking great for its intended life.

Regular vacuuming, consistent spot removal, and deep cleaning every 12-18 months are necessary to keep your carpet in its best shape.

The following advice is to help you remove those pesky stains that happen in everyday life.

• To remove ink, from a ballpoint pen, for example, use rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl). Apply the rubbing alcohol to a cloth or paper towel and do not pour the rubbing alcohol directly on the spot.

• To remove blood from carpet, rinse the spot quickly with cool water. Then follow with an approved cleaning solution from the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval products or a mix of 1/4 teaspoon clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup of cool water. Blot and dry quickly.

• Wine stains also come out with the very same dishwashing detergent solution found in the blood remedy above. Blot, repeat and dry.

• Fingernail polish can be removed using a non-acetone fingernail polish remover. Simply apply a small amount of the remover on a white cloth and work it in from the edges of the spill to the center, and continue to blot the area using lukewarm tap water. Dry the spot with a clean cloth.

Remember that in case of extra tough stains, you might need to call in the professionals. Check out the list of Seal of Approval Service Providers to find a certified professional in your area.

So as random as these carpet facts might seem, they’re all available to help make you a carpet expert, because life gets messy and there are shocking moments, but you will know how to keep your house clean and static free amongst the chaos.