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Eliminate Stains: Best Methods to Tackle Stains on Carpet, Upholstery, and Clothing

Published Aug 9, 2022
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No matter how hard we try to keep our fabrics clean, accidents happen. If the washing machine can’t fix it, use our helpful tips to eliminate stains on your carpet, furniture, and clothing.

Stains on carpet shouldn’t be rubbed or scrubbed. Always blot the liquid up gently, as soon as possible, so you don’t force the liquid deeper or fray the fibres. Treat with a store bought stain remover or a mixture of vinegar, water, and a small amount of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray the stain until wet, then blot dry. Spray with clear water and blot dry, if the stain remains, repeat this process until the stain is gone. 

Stains on your upholstered furniture can be frustrating. However, the tag on your furniture comes with a code to tell you what type of cleaner to use. W means water based, S means solvent based, WS means water or solvent, and X means professional cleaning only. 

For fabrics with a W, use a water based cleaner. Blot the area first to gently remove as much liquid as possible. Clean the entire surface rather than spot cleaning to keep an even tone. A bucket of lukewarm water and a few drops of liquid dish detergent will tackle stains. Gently brush the mixture over the fabric. Use light motions to evenly dampen the area. Then wipe with a clean, damp cloth and let air dry completely.

Use only dry solvents to clean fabrics with an S on the tag. These types of fabrics may only need vacuumed or brushed with a gentle scrub brush. If your furniture has an X on the tag, avoid spot cleaning and call a professional. 

Stains on clothes should be treated as soon as possible. Some stains disappear when soaked in water, while others require more effort. If you don’t have a stain remover, use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Apply liberally on the stain or soak the fabric in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse the garment, then wash as usual. Never put a garment into the dryer until the stain is gone. The dryer will set the stain further, making it more difficult to remove.