Carpet Stain Guide

There's a certain amount of terror with owning a lovely thick carpet or rug. The qualities that make them desirable are also the ones that mean discovering a stain can be a nightmare. Your carpet cleaning worries are unfounded however, as carpet stains can be easily removed. Although deeper carpets can tend to be more difficult to clean than other carpets and rugs, use this simple step-by-step guide you can restore your carpet to its former glory whatever the thickness.

Carpet Stain Guide

Cleaning process

Before you can get to remove stains, you've first got to spot them. It's easiest to locate and remove stains on area carpets and rugs if they are well maintained, and if you have pets, its best to vacuum the high traffic areas at least once per week.

If you see stains on the carpet or rug, particularly anything left by a pet, they must be addressed as soon as possible. Remove any mess left behind (as much as you can) then dab it with a wet paper towel or alcohol free wet wipe to prevent it from setting into the fibres. For stains like cat urine on carpet, follow this up by using a spray such as Vanish Oxi Action PowerSpray Pet - specially formulated to remove any residue left behind, and designed to deter pets from soiling the same area again.

For other stains or marks, you can also use the PowerSpray, or a foam such as Vanish PowerShot, but alternatively you could try a mixture of water and a small amount of Vanish; working the suds into the stain with a soft bristle brush. Allow this solution to soak into the material for between five and ten minutes, and then rinse with a small amount of cold water. Rug cleaning is just as simple; if it's a large area rug then lay it down and follow the instructions above, as though it were a carpet. If the rug is small enough however, you can mix up a solution of Vanish and water and submerge the entire rug in the solution. Again, using a bristle brush, scrub the area of the stain until it disappears, then hang the rug out to dry. When the rug or carpet is ready, simply give it a vacuum.

Certain stains can leave behind an unwanted smell even after they're gone. If you notice any lingering odours, then simply sprinkle the area with a quality carpet cleaner such as the Vanish Carpet Power Powder. This helps to remove the tough ground in dirt and dust trapped deep in the pile. Rub the powder into the carpet or rug with a soft brush and allow the powder to sit for about twenty minutes. Then simply vacuum the rug until all the residue is removed. This will not only keep the rug smelling fresh, but also make it exceptionally soft due to the conditioning ingredients.

So follow this Vanish guide to looking after your carpets and rugs, and you can too enjoy the luxuriant softness that a carpet provides whatever your preferred thickness without the worry or the hassle.