Chem-Dry Stain Removal Products and Tips
Multi-Stained Rugs are part of everyday life. They can be cleaned by Chem-Dry, whether the stains are from disasters, food or beverages. Before the next one happens to you, read the tips and suggestions we have compiled for you here and get some Chem-Dry professional home care products to wipe that stain clean when it inevitably happens.
Stubborn Stains and Spills
There are some spills and stains that are impossible for the householder to deal with. The Chem-Dry professional has the know-how, equipment and solutions necessary to remove most stubborn stains. We therefore recommend that in the event of such an emergency the following procedure will minimise damage. Ink stains tend to smudge when moisture is added. The Chem-Dry professional has a very effective product and machine for removing ink and permanent marker stains.
Spot and Stain Remover
Use a stain or spot remover that is specifically designed to work on carpeting or upholstery. There are many different products on the market that claim that they can remove spots and stains from your carpeting. Be careful when selecting these products.
Many will remove the spots, but will also remove the colour from your upholstery fabrics and may be of such a high pH that they will strip off the stain guard that is inherent in your carpeting or will leave dirt-attracting residues behind where the spot was causing your carpeting to soil prematurely.
RESIST the urge to reach for the washing up liquid from under the sink or to use other soap and water combinations that may have been passed on to you by your mother or from friends – they invariable lead to disaster when removing spots and stains, especially when used on upholstered items.
Stain Removal Tips
Act Quickly -Time is of the Essence. Spills and stains should be dealt with immediately. The longer a spot remains, the more difficult it will be to remove. Most stains that are allowed to dry overnight will become more difficult to remove. This also applies to hot tea and especially coffee, as they become heat set. So whenever possible always deal with any stains as soon as they happen.
Know what kind of stain you are working on as well as the type of fabric or surface it is on so you can choose the best product.
Blot up spills with clean, white, absorbent slightly damp material (a towel is best). Do not use cloths with colours in them, as the dyes may transfer to the carpeting when you are trying to absorb the staining material. Always work from the outside of the stained area towards the middle of the stain. This will ensure that you do not spread the staining material any further.
Always blot the area with a towel – Do not rub or brush the stain. Doing so can damage the carpet fibres or your upholstered materials. Remember to work from the outer edge of the spot towards the centre to prevent rings or spreading of the staining material.
Test all fabrics and carpets before cleaning by spraying a small amount of Chem-Dry Professional Strength Spot Remover or Chem-Dry Grease & Oil Remover on a hidden area (under a sofa cushion, on an area of carpet under or behind a piece of furniture.), blot gently with a clean dry cloth and observe for 10 minutes. Make sure there is no carpet colour removal onto the cloth and that, when dry, there is not a visible discolouration in the area you cleaned.
Do not over wet. Use small amounts of the spot removal agents agitate gently and blot frequently. Let the solution dwell on the stain for 30-60 seconds before you try to remove it by blotting. The solution needs time to break down the stain for easier removal.
Work from the outside edge of the stain to the inside to keep the stain from spreading. To Remove solid built-up materials use a rounded tablespoon, spatula, or the edge of a dull knife. Do not get too aggressive with the removal process as you may damage the carpet fibres. Again, work from the outside of the stained area towards the middle of the stain.
Rinse. The final step is always to gently rinse the area with water, then it is important to absorb all the remaining moisture with absorbent towels. Do not skip this step as over-damp or wet carpets if left too long can start a whole new set of problems by promoting mould and fungi growth..
Be patient. Some stains respond slowly. All spots and stains cannot be removed from every fabric due to differences in fibres, dyes, constructions, finishes, composition of the stain, length of time the stain has remained on the article, etc. Some stains require professional treatment. We understand that you want to fix the problem yourself in order to save money. Sometimes you need to call a Chem-Dry professional before you damage your carpet or upholstery investment!