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6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Carpet Stain Remover

  • September 6, 2017
  • Fizzion

The right carpet stain remover has the power to eliminate stubborn spots without damaging the fibers. The best carpet cleaning products not only remove a variety of stains, but also are safe for the environment, your children and your pets. When choosing a method for carpet stain removal it’s essential to remember six important factors.

1. Work Fast

The faster a stain is treated, the easier it is to remove. Old, dried stains almost always are more difficult to remove than fresh. When possible, attack a fresh stain with a wet/dry vacuum to extract as much liquid as possible. After removing as much of the initial stain as possible, then apply a carpet stain remover according to the product instructions. If you don’t have access to a wet/dry vacuum, use clean absorbent towels. Blot, don’t rub, with the towel. Rubbing the affected area can damage the carpet fibers and spread the stain.

2. Type of Carpet Affects Ease of Lifting Stains

A Berber carpet features a level-loop formed from thick yarn. Stains often sit atop these loops before soaking through, which may make it easier to remove more of the stain through blotting. A multi-level loop carpet, or one that varies the size of the loops, holds more dirt. Spills easily slip through the fibers, making the stain more difficult to remove.

Common pile carpet varies in thickness. The thicker the pile, the more apt it is to trap particles. Typically, even deep pile responds well to a combination of steam cleaner and carpet cleaning products like the Fizzion Concentrated Cleaner designed for use in a steam cleaner for more effective stain removal.

3. Some Products Do More Harm than Good

Hydrogen peroxide removes stains from various materials. However, it also can discolor those same fabrics. Ammonia is another common household product recommended for stain removal. It’s important to remember that ammonia has a pungent aroma that can affect humans and pets. It only should be used in well-ventilated areas. Instead of relying on home remedies, opt for a high-quality, eco-friendly carpet stain removal product.

4. Cleaning Method Makes a Difference

The professionals at the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) caution, “Don’t use a steam cleaner when dealing with urine spots because the heat will set the stain and the smell.” For fresh stains, blot as much of the stain away first and then rely on a carpet stain remover designed specifically for pet stains. The Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover uses non-toxic ingredients to tackle tough stains while killing bacteria that causes odor.

5. Stains Needing Special Treatment

Some stains don’t respond well to traditional methods of blotting, wetting, or steam cleaning. For example, candle wax is best removed by ironing. First, allow the wax to dry and then place a clean, cotton cloth over the stain. With the iron set to warm, gently apply the heat to the cloth. The wax should transfer from the carpet to the cloth for easy removal.

6. Always Test First

Before performing any type of carpet stain removal, test an inconspicuous area first. It’s always best to know how the particular carpet will respond to the cleaning product and treatment.
While it’s often not possible to prevent spills, being prepared for these accidents can make a difference. Keep carpet stain removal products handy and when a spill happens, a quick response can make it easier to treat the affected area.

Sources:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/carpet-stain-removers/buying-guide
http://www.carpet-rug.org/cleaning-spots-and-spills-home.html (no steamer for urine)
Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover –23oz bottle with Bonus Refill
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-remove-every-type-carpet-stain (wax stain removal)