If you own a carpet, chances are you’ve accidentally spilled something on it. While some stains can be removed with a quick wiping, other ones—like red wine and coffee—probably have you rushing to the internet to google the quickest ways to remove them before your carpet suffers permanent damage. The bigger the mess, the harder it is to clean up, especially if you let stubborn ones fester and ingrain deep in the fabric of your rugs, and common methods like baking soda and bubbly seltzer are probably not enough to remove them right away.
For Clean-Master, carpet stains are part of our everyday job, and we know exactly how to eliminate even the most stubborn ones from all fabrics. In this detailed listicle however, we’ll discuss the five most common types of carpet stains, how to remove them with common household products, products we recommend for those hard-to-remove splatters, and how to prevent permanent damage to your carpet.
All About Carpet Stains
Accidents happen. You might have been enjoying a glass of wine with your friends and family or drinking coffee while you work from your living room couch, and have experienced the dreadful sight of a few drops of your favorite beverage staining your beautiful accentual carpet. You rush to your pantry, grab a paper towel, and start dabbing the spot, hoping you can make the stain disappear before it’s too late.
Not all stains are made equal though. The challenge of stain removal depends on the type of chemical spilled, the type of fabric your carpet is made out of, and how long the stain has been sitting on the surface. Both water-based and oil-type stains can be a challenge if not treated properly (and quickly). A stain that doesn’t disappear is just a telltale sign that you need professional carpet cleaning.
Why are carpet stains particularly hard to remove?
When a liquid comes in contact with the fibers of your carpet, the fabric tends to expand and absorb the liquid. Natural fabric carpets, like wool and cotton, will absorb water based products (like tea and coffee) quickly unless they’ve been refinished with a water resistant solution. Synthetic fibers, like polyester, will absorb oil-based solutions like chocolate and cooking oil, and repel water-based stains. Identifying the type of carpet you own and the type of solution you’ve spilled on the fabric is the first step to removing them.