Stubborn stains can be a real headache. As they cling harder to the fibers, these stains are less responsive to standard cleaning methods, posing a real risk to your carpets and upholstered furniture’s pristine looks.
Quick action is key, but it is only half of the battle. The other half is to know how to tackle them—and even that depends on the stain. So, here’s how to remove some of the hardest stains on upholstery and carpets!
Grease and oil
Who has never enjoyed a delicious meal in their living room? It’s so comfy, but it can become a mess if you happen to spill something.
To tackle these stains, apply cornstarch or baking soda to absorb the excess oil and let it sit for around 15 minutes. Then, gently scrub the area with a mixture of dish soap and warm water, and dry the area with a clean cloth.
Red wine and tomato sauce
It may not look like it at first sight, but these two kinds of stains settle and can be removed pretty much the same. As wine and tomato sauce start to tarnish fabrics as soon as they come in contact with the air, it’s better to act fast.
Pat the spot dry using a fresh cloth to absorb the spilled wine. Then, mix one part of hydrogen peroxide and two parts of water. Next, apply the solution and enzymatic laundry detergent to the stain. Wait three minutes, then machine wash with cold water using the same detergent.
Note: If you don’t have a washing machine handy, rub and rinse the affected area under cold water by hand after waiting three minutes.
Ink and paint blemishes
Paint and ink accidents are rare but can have disastrous results on your carpets or upholstery. If you want to remove them, you need to tackle them ASAP!
Grab some rubbing alcohol, work it into the stain, and rinse with cold water. Repeat once or twice, then wash the area with heavy-duty detergent. Toss it in a warm wash with the same detergent if you can.
Knowing how to tackle organic stains becomes crucial when you have pets at home—accidents can happen anytime. Urine, vomit, feces, and blood stains are hard to get out from your sofa and carpets, but not so much when you use enzymatic cleaners!
Enzymatic cleaners have friendly bacteria that munch away at the stains like they’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet. So, if you have pets, you’ll make the smart choice by getting one. To use it, just follow the instructions on the label!
Pro-tip: If you’re battling bloodstains, make sure your cleaner contains enzymes called proteases.
What if the stain doesn’t come out?
Almost every type of stain can be dealt with and eliminated if you act quickly. Nevertheless, if left for too long, stains can get ingrained into the fabric, making them a permanent mark.
If the stain you’re trying to take out doesn’t budge, it’s better not to risk it. At best, you might succeed in making the stain less noticeable; at worst, you could damage the fabric beyond repair. If you’re feeling bold enough to take on the challenge, proceed with caution!
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