Carpet cleaning materials are a growing business. One logical explanation of the sum of money that is spent on chemical cleaning agents is that it’s simply cheaper than having to fork out for a new carpet. It’s relatively a lower cost. That said, if you know what you’re doing you can easily cut your costs even further with a few easy tricks.
Don’t Rub Carpet Stains
When a glass of wine spills on a carpet and panic strikes there’s one instinctive way that most people respond. Grab a cloth and start scrubbing furiously at the stain. Back and forth, back and forth. This isn’t however, what the experts recommend. All this means is that you’re spreading out the stain over the carpet, rather than removing it. Essentially when you’re trying to rid a carpet of a stain, you’re lifting out particles which are causing the stain. A digger doesn’t pick up a load of rubble by spreading it out over the building site.
Instead what the experts recommend is to ‘dab’ at the stain. This more up and down motion is better at lifting out materials from the carpet and avoids simply spreading out the substance of the stain over unaffected areas of the carpet.
Solvents for Greasy Stains
With food stains, and indeed any stains which involve an element of oil or grease, the issue is lifting the oil from the carpet. Using a wet cloth on its own isn’t sufficient, as water and oil won’t mix- they’re insoluble. To resolve this issue you’ll need a solvent. Dishwashing detergents are a good example. They’re have solvent properties as, removing grease and oils from plates is a central part of their cleaning function. Causing the oil to be incorporated into the water is vital in removing it from any surface and carpets are no different. Water on its own won’t do the trick in this case and even a good ‘dabbing’ action won’t suffice.
Carpet Cleaning Chemistry
There are lots of ‘life hacks’ and ‘old wife’s tales’ about what to apply to a carpet to get out different stains. Some of them do work. Vinegar is known to be a good way of getting out pet urine, and baking soda is another useful trick which is known to remove stains from a variety of spills. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area, moisten gently and leave it for around three hours before hoovering away. Essentially the chemistry that’s happening here is to do with the acidic and alkaline qualities of these substances. Vinegar begin very acidic and baking soda alkaline. It is because of this alkaline property that also means that baking soda is very effective at neutralising pet smells.
It’s been theorised that the reason that baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is so effective is partly due to the absorbance of the powder (lots of tiny particles equals lots of surface area) as well as the gentle bubbling which occurs when it comes into contact with the water. This gentle frenetic effect is believed to lift away particles from the stain like shaking up sediment in a bottle. However, you need to be cautious about how you apply these products. Depending on what has caused the stain, acids can cause the stain to set into the carpet rather than lifting it out stains. So whilst these can be handy tricks, be sure to look up whether they’re suitable in each case you use them, or you could end up locking a stain even deeper into a carpet.
If you’re really stuck with a stain, use a directory to find a local specialist. The cost will likely be a sounder investment than a new carpet brought about by attempting to it yourself and making irreparable mistakes. Within the Leeds area Esteamed come recommended. Ask around for advice or endorsements from others who have used professionals in the area before if in doubt.