During the many years we have been working as professional carpet cleaners, we have seen some sights. But we are not here to ‘clean and tell’ and you certainly don’t need to worry about us telling our friends about what we’ve seen. The tidiness of your house is your business and we are simply there to do our jobs and leave your carpets, rugs and upholstery as clean and fresh as the day you first bought them.
What is clear, however, is that we all suffer from the same day to day mishaps when it comes to spilling things on our carpets. We thought we’d share with you the top 5 most common carpets stains that we have come across during our carpet cleaning missions.
1. Red wine.
We have lost count of the number of times we have seen blotches of red wine splattered across once pristine cream carpets. Unfortunately, people have been told so many different methods of how to get red wine out of carpet, that more often than not it only results in causing more damage. As is the case with most stains, speed is of the essence and your top priority is to dab up any excess liquid to prevent it from being further absorbed into the fibres. Then, quite simply, give us a call. We can advise you over the phone about what to do next and can then arrange an appointment for us to come and sort out the damage for you.
This is particularly common in teenage girls bedrooms. More often than not the stain doesn’t get dealt with properly straightaway, either because they don’t tell their parents for the fear of being reprimanded or they go into a panic to try and clear it up themselves. One of the first things that people reach for when trying to clean up spilt nail varnish is nail varnish remover. It is the obvious guess that if remover can take nail varnish off of your nails then it can remove it from carpet. Wrong! All it will do is move the stain around and the harsh chemicals found in nail varnish removers may bleach the colour out of your carpet leaving an even bigger problem or in the long term may start to break down the fibres of the carpet. For more advice about what to do if you spill nail varnish on any of your soft furnishings, call us today.
3. Candle wax.
Again, quite commonly found in teenage girls bedrooms, but also in living rooms, particularly around the edges of fireplaces, candle wax is a notoriously difficult stain to get out. Many people wrongly assume that by reheating the wax it will allow them to soak it up. Now whilst, in theory this should work, in practice it is an entirely different matter. By heating the wax, you not only run the risk of burning the carpet, to which you will then be looking at having to fork out for a new one, but there is also the risk of the wax spreading out even further. Candle wax is incredibly greasy and therefore needs to be treated differently to water based stains. We have professional equipment and specific cleaning products to treat each carpet for its individual requirements. Contact us today to find out more.
We see this a lot, but unfortunately, for many people this is a stain which goes unnoticed for quite a long time. You will know if you have knocked a cup of coffee off of a table, but what if you are carrying a cup and a few drips splash over the sides? Over time, coffee stains will darken and leave your carpet a yellowish brown colour. What is more, if that coffee had milk in it, you are going to notice a very nasty, sour smell rising up from it. We can remove coffee stains from your carpets and upholstery, contact us today to find out how.
5. Animal mess.
Cat, dog, bird, fur, faeces or feathers you name it we can get it out for you. We are a nation of pet lovers, but unfortunately they do come with their drawbacks and the mess is a huge factor. If you really must let your pets sit around on the sofa, then remember to contact us a couple of times a year to give it a good deep clean and leave it looking fresh and new.