DIY Stain Removal
July 12, 2013
A common mistake made by homeowners with carpet involves the unexpected stain. Although let’s face it, aren’t all stains unexpected? Yet we all find ourselves at a loss every now and again when there’s an accident and we’re unsure of the best way to proceed. A little too often, we simply grab whatever spot remover lays waiting under the kitchen sink during our time of crisis, and spray the dickens out of that troublesome area.
Don’t get me wrong, spot removers are usually great. But problems are sometimes created when we use an incorrect product for the stain before us. Something that may have been simple to remove in five minutes, may now take up to an hour to remove. Or, heaven forbid, become a permanent fixture in our carpets.
An excellent cleaning solution to use on organic stains (urine, blood, vomit or wine) is ½ cup ammonia combined with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. It is only effective for about 30 minutes once it is mixed which makes it a product you can’t have at the ready during a stain crisis. However a simple note, stating the ingredient amounts, attached to a spray bottle would do the trick (as long as you have the ingredients on hand).
Simply blot up as much of the stain as you can with a clean towel, apply the cleaning solution above, and wait to see what happens. It the stain begins to look better, then you’re on the right track and can continue to use the hydrogen solution. If the stain remains the same, then it is best to simply leave it alone and call in your favorite Fresno carpet cleaner.
Here is the disclaimer: only use this cleaning solution on synthetic carpeting. Do not try it on your upholstery or natural fiber carpets and rugs. Also, this solution is for fresh, or new, stains.
If your stains are old, or simply not coming out with this particular cleaning solution, then make a call to the best Fresno carpet cleaner, Aaron’s Quality Cleaners. We have years of stain experience under our belts and have saved many a carpet in crisis.
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.