Carpet Stains – How To Get Rid of it

carpetGetting rid of carpet stains is always a challenge for both contracted cleaning services and in-house hotel housekeeping staff. There are several common carpet stains found both in house and hotel alike, but there are also solutions to getting rid of those stains. Of course, it is much easier to treat such stains when they’re fresh, so getting to the mess quickly is paramount if you want a clean establishment.

Coffee Stains

The yellowish-brown stains from coffee can leave a carpet looking truly filthy if they’re not treated promptly, and they can even be mistaken for an ignored pet mess.

How to Treat: Take a dry white towel and dry the spot by blotting. If there’s a large amount, try not to spread the stain even more by changing cloths, as they become saturated with the beverage. Also, you can try a mixture of vinegar, water and a non-bleach detergent using a spritz-rinse-and-repeat method. In addition, there are certain carpets made of Polypropylene that will respond to water and bleach. The mixture ratio for this is ¼ cup bleach to 1 and ¼ cups water in a spray bottle. Soak the spot with the mixture, blot, rinse and repeat until the stain disappears.

Pet Mess

Many hotel establishments don’t allow pets, but there are those that do, and they know that messes happen. If you run such a place, but you and your staff have only just encountered your first pet accident, there are many ways to rid a carpet of the offending stain.

How to Treat: First, clean up the actual mess. If there are solid chunks involved, put on gloves, pick it up and dispose of it. If it’s a wet spot, then use the blot method to absorb the liquid without smearing or rubbing. Keep doing this until the spot is almost dry to the touch and the stain is removed. To neutralize the odor and treat the spot at the same time, try combining ¼ cup of white vinegar to a quart of warm water, put in a spray bottle, then spray the spot, allowing the vinegar to penetrate the fibers for several minutes. Then use the blot technique till the spot is dry.

Ink Stains

These stains may not always come from your customers, but perhaps even from the regular action of changing the ink in your business office printer. Ink stains do happen occasionally, so it’s handy to know how to treat them.

How to Treat: Dampen a clean white cloth with isopropyl alcohol. The higher the concentration, the better it will work. Proceed by dabbing—not rubbing or smearing—the spot with the wet cloth. Let the spot sit for a few minutes, then use a liquid-friendly vacuum to remove any extra dampness. You might need to keep treating the stain with alcohol—even some white wines might work, depending on the percentage of alcohol.

Carpet stains—especially these common ones–are a challenge for any establishment, but these methods are likely the best to keep your hotel or B&B carpets clean.

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