How to Remove the Toughest (Even Oldest) Stains from Carpets

At Carvalho’s Cleaning, we have been helping homeowners enjoy clean, majestic homes for many years. And in that time, our professional, experienced cleaners have learned a lot about all aspects of cleaning.

One of the most common questions we get from our clients is, “How can I remove a tough stain from my carpeting?” In some cases, the stain in question has been there for a long time.

House Cleaning Fort Lauderdale — What Not to Do

Removing stains from carpets is easy … once you discover the right solution. Choosing wrong can cause permanent damage to your carpeting.

For example, you should never try to scrub stains out of carpets. This not only can permanently ruin carpet fibers, but it also can spread the stain.

You also shouldn’t use bleach or other powerful chemicals to remove stains from carpets, not even white rugs. While this might (or might not) remove the original stain, chemicals like chlorine can leave behind an even bigger stain or even eat through your carpeting.

House Cleaning Fort Lauderdale — Tried and True Solutions

The best way to remove stains from carpet is to use the right solution for the specific type of stain. For example, water-soluble stains like berries, pet accidents, mud, and even jelly can be easily removed using a solution made from 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar mixed thoroughly with a quart of tap water.

Blot this solution on the stain, be patient, and given time the spot will be removed permanently and safely.

For tougher water-soluble stains like blood, wine, or coffee, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of water and use the same process.

Some stains are so tough that traditional solutions won’t work. In these cases, it’s often best to know when to call in the professionals. It’s not worth ruining your whole carpet for a single stain.


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