Tips on How to Remove Stains from Carpet, Laundry, and Tile

Tips on How to Remove Stains

February 5th, 2013   •   No Comments   

Are you looking for ways to remove stains? Have you ever spilled food in your car, gotten your clothes stained or your carpet at home dirty? Have you ever spilled ketchup on your area rug, nail polish on bathroom tile, or red wine on your carpet? Austin Professional Cleaning Services has searched for you great tips on how to remove stains from carpet, laundry, and tile.

 

Tips on How to Remove Stains on a Carpet

Same as in treating your laundry stains; cleaning spots from your carpet will require a quick response time and the right cleaning solution.

  • Do Not Rub It In, instead, ABSORB IT.  Use a paper towel or a rag and push down on it to absorb as much excess from the carpet. Do not scrub before applying a stain remover.
  • Breaking it Down. With solid stains like dirt, food, Play-doh or peanut butter, you need to try scraping off any excess and then vacuum the carpet.
  • Flushing it Out. Apply water to the stain before trying any chemicals/spot removers that can potentially damage or alter the appearance of your carpet.
  • Finding a Solution. It is preferably to find a stain removal that targets the specific type of stain you are dealing with. Tip: You may test the solution on a hidden area of the carpet first to make sure that you are not doing any more damage to it. Then, apply the solution to the stain and scrub lightly with a washcloth from the outside of the stain inward, by this you may prevent the stain to spread.

 Tips on How to Remove Stains on your Laundry

The specific stain removal procedure will always depend on the type of stain you’re dealing with. Here are some general guidelines:

  •  Act fast. The quicker you treat the stain, the better are your chances are of being able to remove it.
  • Identifying the stain. What color is the stain? Once determining the color of the stain, think of what was last week’s food menu or activities.  Example:

Yellow=Mustard, Macaroni & Cheese, Finger-Paint, or Play-doh.
Red=Ketchup, Blood, Red-marker, or Italian Spaghetti Sauce.
Brown=Dirt from a soccer game, Morning Coffee, Evening Chocolate.

  • Soak In Cold Water. This step is very important, NEVER use hot water on a stain because this can cause the stain to set, making it harder or impossible to remove.
  • Choosing your weapon. Not all stains are alike, but they all have a neutralizer. The hardest part is finding the right stain remover for the specific stain you’re trying to remove. Famous premixed laundry stain removers such as Shout, Spray-n-Wash, or the greener Nature’s Source laundry stain remover may be your best choice for the everyday stains, but for the tougher stains, you may need a more difficult to overcome strategy.

Coffee—stain pretreatment product or concentrated mild detergent
Blood1 part ammonia and 1 part soap solution
Mustard—cold water and spot removing solution
Ink—rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish remover

Tips on How to Remove Stains on Tile

Common stains on Tile:  Hard water, rust, dirty grout, and different types of spills. Here are some ideas in how you can remove the stains and keep your tile spot free!

  • Mix three parts baking soda, two parts ammonia, and one part vinegar. Pour onto tile and scrub with a toothbrush to clean the grout in between tiles.
  • Treat rust stains with a mixture of borax/lemon juice or vinegar/salt paste.
  • Use acetone to remove spilled fingernail polish.

Keep the necessary materials on hand, assure yourself that you have the tools and skills to fight even the toughest stain, and then relax! Enjoy life without going crazy over household stains because with the right approach, they’ll be gone before you know it.  If you’ve tried all these steps and the stain is still present, consider hiring a cleaning professional.

Austin Professional Cleaning Services (APCS) as a successful commercial cleaning company specializes in:

  • Facility Management
  • Janitorial Services
  • Green Cleaning
  • Floor Cleaning
  • Floor Care
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning
  • Post Construction Clean Up
  • Waste Management
  • HVAC

We understand the importance of choosing the right products in the hard task of stain removal.

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