How To Remove Carpet & Upholstery Stains


How To Remove Carpet & Upholstery Stains

We often receive calls from customers asking us for advice on how to remove stains and spills from carpets.  Sometimes stains can be removed without the help of SJS The Professional Carpet Cleaner and so here are our tips for giving your carpets and upholstery the best chance of being clean and stain free.

React Quickly to Remove Carpet Stains

Although some accidents are just waiting to happen, most stains and spills happen unexpectedly!  However, you will benefit from being prepared and having these items at hand.

  • Clean, white absorbent cloth or tea towel
  • Dry Cleaning Solution – Surgical Spirit.  This is available at most chemists.
  • Detergent Solution.  One teaspoon of gentle detergent for washing woollens to 300ml of warm water
  • Detergent Vinegar Solution – Add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar to the Detergent Solution
  • Ammonia Solution.  One teaspoonful of branded household Ammonia (available from DIY, hardware stores) to one cup of warm water

General Tips & Advice To Remove Spills from Carpets

  • Try not to over wet the surface where the stain or spill is
  • Always test any of the solutions or detergents on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain
  • Use detergents at recommended dilution ratios
  • Scrape up or blot up any excess prior to treating
  • Never scrub into the carpet.  This will simply spread the stain and make it lie deeper within your carpet
  • Always work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading
  • Do not use general household detergents on carpets or upholstery – washing up liquid, washing powders, household bleach, disinfectants
  • Always apply the cleaning solution or detergent to your cleaning material, not directly onto the carpet or upholstery
  • Dry quickly using a hairdryer on a mild, low heat
  • Keep the carpet or upholstery as dry as possible.

Following these carpet cleaning tips and reacting quickly will increase your chances of success, although it is no guarantee that the stain will remove.  Sometimes no matter what you do, some stains are so stubborn you need the help of a professional carpet cleaner and that’s where we come in! 

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