First and foremost you must identify what you are cleaning before you remove the stain. Carpet stains can be very challenging to remove depending on a few factors. Let us first discuss the difference between a spot and a stain. A spot is the actual residue that you see (ex: food, drinks, etc.). A carpet stain is what is left over after you remove the spot. It is an actual pigment change to your carpet. I am going to make the assumption that you have tried all possible cleaning remedies and have consulted with your carpet cleaning professional before you decide to remove stains. Carpet stain removal is far from an exact science. There is a bit of trial and error and luck involved.
To remove stains, carpet cleaning professionals use many different methods. I will show you a few ways you can mimic these methods to achieve excellent result when you remove stains on carpet. Take a small amount of household peroxide and apply it to the stain. There are three things that speed up the oxidation process; heat, alkaline, and ultraviolet light. Use these ingredients to boost the effectiveness of your attempts. Remember that one advantage that you have over any carpet cleaning professional is time. You can devote five minutes to remove that stain from your carpet, walk away and repeat the process tomorrow. A professional carpet cleaner needs to show result immediately to satisfy the client. Here is a step by step guide to remove stains on carpet.
- Pour a small amount of household bleach onto carpet stain
- Allow the spot to receive direct sunlight for as long as possible. If you have an ultraviolet light source, this would be even more helpful…but most households do not.
- Let peroxide sit for 24 hours and check to see if you removed stain from carpet.
- Again, pour a small amount of household bleach onto carpet stain. (Do not worry, it will neutralize itself)
- Pour a small amount of household ammonia onto carpet stain and peroxide (alkaline)
- Cover the carpet stain for 24 hours with aluminum foil.
- Remove aluminum foil to see if you have removed the stain from the carpet
- Again, pour a small amount of household bleach onto carpet stain.
- Take a dry white terry cloth and fold it over twice. Place terry cloth on carpet stain.
- Using a hot iron, place iron on top of carpet stain for 30 seconds and remove. This is the most aggressive home remedy to remove stains on carpet. If there is a transfer of color, wait 2 minutes for the carpet to cool and repeat until complete stain removal. If there is no transfer of color, immediately stop and call your local carpet cleaner for assistance. There will need to be more aggressive bleaching done that should not be tried by a untrained person.
It is important here to be very careful and it is strongly advised to only trust an IICRC carpet cleaning technician to perform any additional bleaching techniques with the hopes to remove stains. Carpet cleaning technicians use two types of bleaches for carpets, oxidizers and reducers. Please note that these bleaches are not household sodium hypochlorite bleaches (Clorox). If all else fails with your cleaning attempts, aggressive bleaching may be the answer.
Again these advanced stain removing methods are only intended to be used by certified professional carpet cleaning technicians. They should be able to help remove the stains from your carpet in the rare case that the above home remedy fails. Good luck, and be careful. A mistake during the carpet cleaning process can be way more costly than the most expensive of carpet cleaning company hires.