It's not uncommon to spill something on the carpet. In fact it's just a fact of life. It's going to happen sooner or later. But not to worry. Here are 12 tips to remove stains with carpet cleaners. In fact sometimes you can wipe away the stain without a commercial grade cleaner.
1. Be fast
If you are very quick you may be able to blot away the stain before it even has a chance to set. Grab a white absorbent cloth or tissue and use the four basic steps to remove the stain.
2. Check Color
Check to make sure the carpet is colorfast and safe to clean, test the carpet in an area that inconspicuous before you apply the cleaner to the stain in the carpet.
3. Dry Cleaning Solution
You can use dry cleaning solution (surgical spirt). Detergent solution one teaspoonful of detergent to ¾ liters of warm water. Dab Spot.
You can also use detergent and vinegar. It must be white vinegar and not malt vinegar. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the detergent solution. Dab Spot.
Smelly, eye watering but very effective. Add one teaspoon of branded household ammonia to one cup of warm water. Dab Spot.
5. Alcohol, Coffee
If the stain is alcohol, coffee, tea, liquid foods or urine blot up the surplus spillage but do not rub it back and forth. Use detergent and vinegar solution. Start by working from the outside of the stain moving inward a little at a time. Frequently blot with a dry cloth.
6. Chocolate, Blood, Glue
If the stain is chocolate, sweets, blood, glue, ice cream, milk ,soft drinks or vomit you will have to clean up the excess using a blunt knife or a putty knife. Be sure not to grind any of the spill into the carpet. Us the detergent solution starting at the outer edge working your way into the middle of the spill. Blot dry and then use the ammonia solution and blot dry again.
7. Fats, Tar, Gum
If the stain is solid fats, tar, chewing gum, oil, ointment, or shoe polish scrape up the excess with a knife or a putty scrapper. Use the dry cleaning solution followed by the detergent and vinegar solution and blot dry.
8. Unknown Spills
For stains or spills which you are not sure as to what they are first scrape or blot up the excess material. Then use the dry cleaning solvent followed by luke warm water and blot dry. If the stain is still there treat with the detergent or the detergent and vinegar solutions then blot dry.
9. Follow Up
All the above procedures should be followed up by a simple mix of one part white vinegar and four parts water. Place mixture into a spray bottle Spay over the stained area and blot dampened area. Do not rub to remove excess moisture. White paper towels work well. Stack 5 to 8 sheets on top of each other and blot till dry.
If the moisture is still present stack 5 to 8 sheets of paper towel and place over the stained area and place a heavy book on top to help absorb the excess moisture. Leave overnight if needed. If you are leaving it overnight be sure to change the paper towels before bed. Repeat as often as necessary.
10. Dab and Blot
Remember always scrape solids up and blot liquid spills. Never rub from side to side. The little effort it takes to make up the above solutions will save you a lot of money and time. Always remember to do a spot test on a hidden area before applying. Be sure to dab and work in towards the center of the stain. Even if the stain will not come out it will make it easier for the professionals to lift it when they come to clean the carpets.
11. Store Safely
If you are making up solutions in advance be sure to mark all containers before storing them and never leave them where young children might get at them.
Sealing Ceramic and Porcelain Tile & Grout.
Ceramic and porcelain tile is a kiln-fired product. Available in glazed or unglazed and baked under high heat making it very hard and often highly resistant or impervious to liquid stains. Ceramic and porcelain tile is available in a multitude of colors, textures and shapes and is often designed to mirror natural stone surfaces and generally is easier to take care of than most natural stone surfaces.
The surface of most ceramic and porcelain tile does not need to be sealed, although some require a light application of a penetrating sealer to fill the micro pores on the surface of the tile. However, the grout joint between the tiles is usually very porous and generally made of a cement-based material.
Therefore, grout joints typically will need to be sealed and maintained properly to prevent stains and discoloration. There are a wide variety of sealers available, so you need to select one for your specific needs. Impregnating sealers go into the grout joint and protect against water and oil-based stains. Industry professionals now recognize that grout is best protected with a fluorochemical-based sealer.
Cleaning Ceramic and Porcelain Tile & Grout
Keeping your ceramic, porcelain tile & grout free of dust and dry, sandy soil will minimize scratches, wear patterns and grout soiling that can develop from everyday use and traffic. Sweep, dust or vacuum surfaces regularly to remove loose soil and dust.
Clean your tile & grout using warm water and a clean nonabrasive cloth sponge or mop. Use a neutral cleaner that is specially formulated for ceramic, porcelain tile & grout to help remove soils that sweeping, dusting, vacuuming or damp mopping leave behind.
Do not use ordinary household cleaners, as you may degrade the sealer that was applied to the grout to protect against stains. This includes not using acidic or alkaline cleaners, bleach, abrasives or ammoniated cleaners.
Countertops and Vanities
Use a ph-balanced cleaner to keep surfaces clean fromeveryday soils and stains. Cleaning products with protector are also available, which not only clean but also reinforce sealer on grout.
Vacuum or dust frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt, and grit may scratch your tile or build-up on your grout joint leading to discoloration. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help minimize the potential damage from these particles.
Damp mop your tile floor with a diluted solution of neutral cleaner. Try to stay off the floor until it is completely dry, as wet tile floors may be slippery.
Bath and Other Wet Areas
For daily maintenance cleaning, use a neutral, ph-balanced cleaner to clean everyday soils and stains. In the bath, or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each use can help minimize this build-up.
Restoring Ceramic and Porcelain Tile & Grout
For cleaning and restoring old ceramic, porcelain tile & grout to like new condition, we recommend using an acidic cleaner designed for this surface. This will remove tough soap scum, hard water deposits, grout haze, and efflorescence.
If you have heavy grease and oil stains, pre-clean using an alkaline cleaner formulated for ceramic and porcelain tile. This will cut through tough grease and soilstains.
After restoring your tile and grout, remember to seal with an impregnating sealer to guard against future stains.
What To Do When Spills Occur
Ceramic and porcelain tile is usually impervious or highly resistant to staining. However, grout may be a different story. Substances that are highly acidic, such as orange juice, coffee, vinegar, wine, tomato-based products, mustard and many soft drinks will most likely leave an “etch,” a chemical reaction that may leave a dull area or mark.
Properly sealing the grout will give you time to wipe up a spill to avoid staining, but it cannot prevent etching. In addition, ordinary household cleaners with colored dyes or those containing bleach, ammonia or abrasives are not recommended for ceramic, porcelain tile & grout. They may damage the surface and likely degrade the sealer that is applied to the grout, which provides stain protection.
Scoop up food with a plastic spoon. Blot with a dry white cloth. Spray the area with a neutral cleaner and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.
Blot up the excess with a clean, dry cloth. Then clean the area with a ph-balanced cleaner and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.
Let the mud stain dry completely. Remove dried mud with a soft plastic nylon brush. Spray affected area with a neutral cleaner and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.
Laminate Floor Care
Laminate floors do not require much care. The simple regular care regimen for laminate floors involves vacuuming, dust-mopping, and occasionally mopping with a damp towel. Laminate floors, being very dense, can be kept clean quite easily, since dirt cannot accumulate because of the absence of minute pores or gaps.
Vacuuming or dirt mopping helps remove the loose dirt or grit on the surface. Mopping using a towel dampened by warm water is also a good habit. Prevent any liquid or semi-liquid spilled from standing on the floor by removing it by mopping immediately.
Prevention is the best medicine. Place glides or cushion bottom protectors under legs of chairs and tables. This circumvents scratching due to movement or relocation. Place doormats at entrances of rooms and use foot brushes to pick up the dirt before it enter any room that has laminate flooring.
Tough stains on laminate floor surfaces can be removed by use of a neutral cleaner on cloth, or by using nail polish remover. Stains of blood or spilled drinks may be removed by using warm water together with or without some neutral cleaner. In case of solidified wax or chewing gum sticking to the floor, careful and gentle scraping is the best way out.
Minor scratches formed can be repaired by using a touch up stick obtained from the manufacturer. Abstain from the use of polishes or waxes. Neither should one seek resort to cleaning with abrasives, steel wool and the like.
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