It happens to the best of us. you’re sitting in your favourite chair enjoying some food or a beverage and oops, onto the floor it goes. every carpet or rug is inevitably going to encounter something that’s going to leave a mark, whether it’s a pet stain, toddler stain or an everyday uh-oh most stains in your carpet require the same basic treatment with just a few tweaks. first you should never try to rub the stain out. this will only drive it deeper into the carpet and possibly damage the fibbers so not only is it discoloured but will become ragged over time. the proper technique is to blot the stain from the outside in with a clean, absorbent towel, rinse with clear water and repeat. this will allow you to lift the stain without damaging the carpet or driving the stain deeper. there are however several different methods for several different stains and we’ll go through the procedures for each following the same basic technique described above.
water soluble stains including ice cream, berries, washable ink, cola or even latex paint (if it’s still wet) can be removed easily by first blotting up the excess liquid and then rinsing with a weak solution of vinegar and water and another rinse of clear water. nothing too serious and no tears need be shed for this type of stain. there are some special water soluble stains such as blood, coffee, tea, mustard or wine. for these you want to use a little ammonia or bleach depending on the type of carpet you have instead of vinegar which will help break those down. ammonia should never be used on wool or wool blend carpets and bleach should only be used on solution dyed carpets such as polypropylene. if you have a wool carpet try substituting a mild detergent in your solution. you should check with your carpet manufacturer before using bleach or ammonia on your carpet to make sure you don’t make things worse. for urine, you should blot up as much as possible with a white cloth and rinse the area several times with a mild solution of detergent and water or a product designed specifically to break down urine available at your favourite pet store. to keep your best buddy from re-soiling the carpet pick up a housebreaking spray while you’re getting the urine deodorizer.