No matter how careful you are, if you have kids you’re going to get spills and stains on your carpets. Sooner or later you’ll need to know how to get bad stains out of carpet. With each season there will be different types of carpet stains you’ll need to tackle. Depending on what the stain was made from will determine whether you need a tough carpet stain remover or not. The most difficult cleaning challenges come up when you have to remove a red stain. Carpet fibers tend to bond with red dyes, making them particularly tenacious so whether you’re trying to remove food coloring stain on carpet or the problem is ink removal from carpet, if it’s red it’ll be more difficult to get out.
Carpet manufacturers suggest that you have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year. Carpet cleaning professionals can get most stains out of your carpet but in between those professional cleanings you can keep carpet stains to a minimum by trying to prevent stains with these stain prevention tips.
In the summer when the pavement is hot street tar can stick to the bottoms of shoes and get tracked into the house. Carpet tar stain removal can be tricky because it is a petroleum based product. Other summer products like lawn fertilizer, grease and gum also gets easily stuck to shoes in the warm weather. To prevent Carpet stains, removal of children’s shoes before they enter the house keeps most gunk and grime out of your home and off your floors.
There will be BBQ’s and gatherings around the grill with lots of BBQ sauce, ketchup and mustard. Consider eating outside more often to keep condiments and grease off of your carpet.
In the spring lots of mud and dirt gets stuck to shoes. Tree and flower pollen can really make allergies flare up so you don’t want to let the kids track that stuff in on your carpet. Spring pollen in carpets can cause stains that will not come out. As adults we don’t usually get down on the floor but kids get close to the carpet and lay on it while they play. Spring is also the start of Kool-Aid season and red kool-aid stains on carpet do not come out. If you’ve ever made kool-aid and spilled some of the powder on the counter while you were making it you know how hard it is to get the red dye out of anything. If you serve red kool-aid do not serve it near carpet where it can be spilled.
In the fall and winter decaying leaves and chemicals from ice melt and road salt gets on shoes and boots and can really damage and stain carpet. It is best to have a boot or shoe tray near the door so you can help kids develop the habit of taking their dirty shoes off before entering the house. If nothing gets tracked in nothing can build up and stain your carpet.
Even though you remove kid’s shoes inevitably spills and stains will still happen so if a spill occurs quickly scoop up any solid materials with a white paper towel and try to blot up any liquid. Never use colored towels or printed paper towels because the colors easily come off and make your spill worse. Never scrub or rub the spill into the carpet. Use a clean white absorbent cloth dipped into a cool water solution of 3 cups of water and 4 drops of dish soap that does not contain bleach or dyes. Drip the clean cloth into the solution and blot the carpet. Rinse and repeat the process if necessary. Do not saturate the carpet as you don’t want to soak the padding underneath.
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