carpet stain removal tips for Columbia homeownersHomeowners in Columbia love carpet for the warmth and comfort it brings to their homes. However, carpeted flooring is not without its challenges, one of the most common being stain removal. Read on for some basic guidance regarding stain types and treatment options.

Water-Based Stains

When treating carpet stains, it’s best to identify the type of stain you have in order to use the appropriate cleaning solution. Water-based stains dissolve in water. Examples include alcoholic beverages, berries, coffee, milk, soda, and ice cream. These stains can be treated with a simple soapy water solution. Mix ¼ tsp clear hand soap with 1 quart of water. Blot the stain dry as much as possible, then apply a small amount of the cleaner, and blot dry again. Repeat as needed until the stain is removed. Follow up by spraying the area with water and blotting to rinse out any soapy residue.

Oil-Based Stains

Oil-based stains should be treated differently than water-based stains. Examples of oil-based stains include cooking oil, glue, lotion, and pen ink. These stains are best treated with isopropyl alcohol. No dilution is needed with this treatment. Simply dampen a cloth or cotton ball and dab onto the stain. Follow by spraying the area with water, and then blotting to rinse out any residue. Take care to not drive the stain deeper into the carpet pile. For example, if the stain is sitting on the tips of the carpet pile, try gently wiping in one direction rather than blotting.

Bio Stains

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The bio-stain category exists for the more cringe worthy carpet stains, such as blood, vomit, feces, and urine. These special water-based stains require a stronger solution than soapy water. For a disinfecting solution, use hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar as your cleaning agent. Hydrogen peroxide does not need to be diluted if purchased at the regular store-bought, 3% concentration. If using white vinegar, mix ¼ tsp with 1 quart of water.

Your Local Flooring Experts

Perhaps you’re at the point where you want to replace your carpet, rather than treat it. If so, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East. We offer free, in-home design consultations and estimates, and we bring all our samples to your home using our mobile flooring showroom. We proudly serve the greater Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood area.

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