As much as Rainier Chem-Dry loves helping their clients, they’re not shy about sharing tips that help customers keep their own carpets clean. The folks at Rainier want people to take pride in their carpets, and that requires quickly and effectively dealing with potential stains. With that in mind, here are their suggestions for dealing with some of the most stubborn common stains.
Pet Urine – There’s a reason why Rainier Chem-Dry has special cleaning techniques for dealing with pet urine: it’s one of the biggest enemies of a clean, fresh-smelling carpet. In addition to leaving stains, pet urine can also penetrate deep into the padding where it’s very difficult to remove. That said, homeowners can effectively deal with pet urine – if they respond properly, with the right cleaning solution.
While Rainier Chem-Dry offers its own pet urine solution, you can also find effective cleaners at larger pet stores. Many of these cleaners employ enzymes that feed on the ammonia crystals and organic matter that stain carpets and give urine its offensive smell. Through careful application of the cleaner and patient blotting with a clean, white towel, you should be able to keep a pet accident from leaving a stain or a scent.
(Prior to using the cleaner, make sure that it does not harm the color of your carpet. This is true of every cleaner you apply to your carpet.)
Red Wine or Juice – This is another tough one. Even if you act quickly, it can be difficult to prevent a stain from a wine or juice spill. Here’s what you’ll want to do: Mix one tablespoon of dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar into two cups of warm water. Using a white cloth, gently blot your cleaning solution into the carpet to dilute the stain and lift it away. Don’t rub, and don’t scrub, as this can make the stain bigger.
Ink – This one is liable to require assistance from our friends at Rainier Chem-Dry or your local carpet cleaning pro. We suggest using just enough rubbing alcohol to wet the stain, and carefully blotting the stain as long as you continue to pull color up from the carpet. If you stop pulling up color before the stain is gone, the earlier you call a professional, the better.
Blood – Here’s what we suggest: If the blood has already dried, gently use a steel brush to loosen the stain. Then mix one tablespoon of dish soap into two cups of cold water. Using a white cloth, gently blot your cleaning solution into the carpet to lift away the stain. If this method fails, try again with a mixture of one tablespoon of ammonia and a half-cup of warm water.
Coffee – Remember the solution we suggested for red wine? It’s equally appropriate for dealing with coffee spills on your carpet. Again, you’ll want to mix one tablespoon of dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar into two cups of warm water. As always, you’ll want to work gently and patiently, taking care not to do anything that will cause the spill or stain to expand.
Even the best advice and quickest action can’t defeat every stain. If you try and fail to remove a stain, call your local pro sooner rather than later. This your give your carpet cleaning technician the best-possible chance of completely removing the stain.