Prevention, as the saying goes, is better than cure. It certainly pays to be risk aware and to have an awareness of the more difficult stains. Fewer stains means less need for stain removal.
Lily pollen – the pollen is very waxy and is difficult to remove from fabrics. We really like lilies but if you bring them into the house it is a safe precaution to first snip out the pollen bearing anthers.
Certain foods and drinks can leave stains. A famous Scottish soft drink is notoriously difficult to remove. Turmeric, a constituent of curries, is so good at staining fabric it is actually used as a natural dye. It’s not practical to eliminate food and drink risks entirely but you are more likely to be successful in removing stains if you tackle them early.
Some stains are very stubborn and may well prove permanent. In these cases it pays to be particularly careful to avoid contact with your carpets and furnishings. Hair dye is designed to stain natural fibres so have a rule that hair dying is a bathroom only activity. Chlorine bleach, iodine and some plant fertilizers are also best kept well away.
The wrong treatment can also make a situation worse. Never use hot water to remove blood stains as the heat will fix the stain thereby making it permanent.
It may feel natural to try to rub out a stain but this will only spread the stain further. Spills should always be removed by blotting with a paper towel or other highly absorbent medium. On large spills work from the outside in, as this will also prevent it spreading. Blot by pressing with the heel of your hand, using dry towels until the stain is gone.
Our Stain Removal service
Stain removal is a key part of our cleaning process. The act of cleaning the stain often leaves a patch of carpet with a cleaner appearance than the rest. The reason we first tackle the stains and then clean the overall carpet is to produce a stain free result with no visible patches.
When carrying out an initial inspection of your carpets and fabrics we identify any spots and stains that require separate treatment prior to the overall cleaning process. We use a range of different specialist products to carefully extract the particular stains present without damaging your fabric or carpet.
Different types of stains present a variety of challenges and can take time to get out but we don’t rush this part of the work as a stubborn stain spoils the appearance of a cleaned carpet. Here are some of the tricky stains with which we have had success:
- tea and coffee
- nail varnish
- lily pollen
- shoe polish
- emulsion paint
- candle wax
One of the problems is that the stain might be so old that the customer cannot always remember exactly what caused the stain. In these cases we test a small part of the stain to determine whether it is acidic or alkaline in nature. This information provides a clue to the identity of the stain and therefore what treatments are likely to be successful.