Upholstery and carpet cleaning are part of life. Having it done professionally is recommended to keep them looking great and to extend their life. But what about those pesky stains that show up in between cleanings? Here are 3 DIY tips to treat the little spots:
Vinegar and water are a simple, homemade solution you can use on lots of carpet and upholstery stains. It’s effective and safe for most fabrics. Mix about 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Saturate the area and let it sit for a few minutes then use a soft, white cloth to gently blot or rub the stain to remove it. Once the stain is gone, clean the area with plain water.
Do you have a more persistent stain? If there is any grease or oil in the stain you’re going to need a little bit of detergent to break it down. Adding a tablespoon of Dawn to the vinegar and water mix can help get out oily or greasy stains. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes then repeat the above process, making sure to rinse it thoroughly. Any dish soap left on the carpet or upholstery can attract more dust and dirt.
There are many commercial stain removers that can work on hard-to-remove stains and spots on your carpet and upholstery. If the stain is too stubborn for the vinegar solutions, a stain remover could do the trick. Be sure to test it on a small area of carpet or fabric that is hidden from view first to ensure no reaction or discoloration occurs.
There’s nothing like professional care for your flooring and furniture, but it’s also important to treat small stains properly between cleanings. To make your next appointment for professional upholstery and carpet cleaning, contact our team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners by calling 803-732-3200 or by clicking here.