12 Tips For Easy Stain Removal

Carpet stain removal has got to be one of the most talked about subjects when it comes to carpet. For trickier carpet stain like coffee, red wine, grease or blood, please refer to the specific carpet care guide for your carpet fibre type and how to best clean it.

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1. Blot, don't scrub
Never scrub or rub abrasively your carpet, this can cause a fuzzy area on the carpet which could outlast the carpet stain. Instead, scoop up as much of the spill as possible then continue to blot any residue with a clean white cloth or paper towel.

2. Blot from outside in
Always work from the outer edge of the carpet stain towards the centre. This will avoid spreading the stain to a wider area.

3. Get to it as quickly as possible
Get to any spills as quickly as possible to prevent the stain from penetrating into the carpet fibres, this is what leads to discolouration and marks. Hot liquids especially can be difficult to remove once cooled.

4. Try warm water
Most common carpet stains caused by household food and beverage (not containing strong dyes) can be treated with warm water (not hot) applied to the carpet stain immediately. Dampen a clean cloth with the warm water and blot it onto the carpet, working from the outside in, until the stain disappears.

If you have a triexta carpet from our Redbook green range, cold water will work just fine. For more stubborn stains, consult the care guide's stain removal section.

5. Carpet stain removal mix for wool carpet
If the water and clean cloth is not lifting the stain, try these recipes for the best carpet stain remover for wool or synthetic carpet. Again, this is for common household spills, if you have a more stubborn stain, look at your carpet's care guide's stain removal section. Just use this mix with a clean cloth, as you did with the warm water, dabbing from the outside in.

Wool Carpet Cleaner
1 teaspoon of wool laundry detergent
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
1 litre of warm water

Synthetic carpet cleaner 
1 teaspoon mild wool laundry detergent
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
1 litre of warm water.

6. Carpet stain removal
If you have determined that your carpet stain is more than your average spill, use your carpet's care guide's stain removal section to determine the most appropriate method.

7. Test it first
Pre-test the stain removal treatment on a small, less conspicuous area of carpet to make sure it doesn't damage or change the carpet colour.

8. Press the carpet dry between treatments
Press dry the carpet with a clean white towel or paper towel to remove excess moisture between any steps in the cleaning process.

9. Dry the carpet
Once the spill has been treated, place a few layers of paper towel or white cloth over the area and weigh it down with a couple of heavy books, an upturned coffee table or something heavy that won't transfer colour. This will absorb any residual moisture.

10. Don't walk on the carpet until it's dry
Cover the mark with a chair or coffee table, make sure no one walks on the carpet until it is completely dry. Even once it is dry to touch the pad underneath may still be damp, keep it free from foot traffic as long as possible. A hairdryer and also speed up the drying process, but be sure not to overheat the area and scorch your carpet.

11. Remember, don't rub and don't scrub
You see how important it is that you blot and don't scrub? It's so important we mentioned it twice!

12. Call the professionals
If the carpet stain isn't removed after treatment, it's time to give the professional carpet cleaners a call.

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