How To Remove 5 Common Carpet Stains

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Carpet stains can seem impossible to remove, but don’t worry, with quick action and some common household items, you can remove even the most stubborn stains from your carpet. Here are some tips from K&M Steam Cleaning, your trusted local carpet cleaning business in Austin, TX, to help you tackle four stains you might not know could come out of your carpet.

Paint Stain Removal

First, you need to determine what type of paint is on your carpet. The removal method varies depending on whether it’s oil, latex, or water-based paint.

Oil paint stain removal: If the paint is wet, use a needle or pin to break up the stain without damaging the carpet fibers. If the paint is dry, use a steamer to soften it and proceed with the above step.

Latex paint stain removal: If the paint is wet, blot it to remove as much as possible without scrubbing. Create a solution by mixing one cup of lukewarm water and one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent. Use a rag or paper towel with the solution to blot the stain, starting from the outside and working your way in. After the area completely dries, vacuum it.

Water-based paint stain removal: If the paint is wet, blot the stain with a damp paper towel. If the paint is dry, mix a solution of one cup of hot water and one tablespoon of mild dish detergent. Apply the solution to the stain and wait a few minutes for the paint to soften. Once softened, use a pin or knife to shave the paint. Continue to add more of the solution as you shave. If the paint is not softening, use a handheld steamer while using your knife or pin.

Wax Stain Removal

Use a butter knife to scrape up any loose wax. Vacuum the wax chunks you’re able to loosen up. Get a damp cotton towel, fold it in half and place it on the stain. Use an iron set high on the towel for 10 seconds. Repeat until the wax is gone. If the towel dries up before that, dampen it. Spray carpet cleaner on the stain. Use a spoon in a downward motion to scrub it into the carpet. Let the carpet air-dry.

Blood Stain Removal

If the stain has dried, use a soft brush to scrape away loose matter. Create a solution by mixing one tablespoon of scent-free liquid hand dishwashing detergent and two cups of cold water. Dampen a clean white cloth with the solution and blot. Repeat until all the blood is absorbed. Dampen a sponge with cold water and press into the spot. Blot dry with a clean towel. If the stain is stubborn and remains, use a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia and half a cup of warm water with a sponge to blot the stain until it is removed. Use a clean sponge with just cold water. Finally, blot dry.

Soda Stain Removal

Get a clean towel and blot up as much soda as possible. Create a solution by mixing two cups of warm water, one tablespoon of unscented liquid hand dishwashing detergent, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. With a new clean white towel or cloth, get it wet with the solution, apply a little at a time and blot away. Repeat until the stain disappears. Blot with a sponge dipped in cold water. Blot dry.

Urine Stain Removal

If the stain is still wet, blot the excess moisture with a paper towel. Make a solution of ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one cup of warm water. Note: If you use laundry detergent or dish soap, they may contain chemicals such as bleach or lanolin that can damage your carpet.

So, whether it’s paint, wax, blood, soda, or urine, try the methods above to treat or remove the stain. However, if you’re dealing with stubborn stains that won’t come out no matter what you try, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. At K&M Steam Cleaning, we use industry-leading methods, equipment, and processes to provide pet-friendly and child-friendly carpet cleaning services.

Our team of experienced professionals will work diligently to clean every nook and cranny of your carpet, and we always take care to protect your furniture and flooring. We understand how important it is to maintain a clean and healthy living space for you and your family, including your furry friends.

So, if you’re looking for a reliable and affordable carpet cleaning service in Austin, TX, look no further than K&M Steam Cleaning. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and say goodbye to those pesky carpet stains!

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