Tips for Removing Common Stains
Stain Removal Steps:
The following stain removal steps are to be used at your own risk. Always pre-test products (in a hidden area) before application over large areas to be certain fibers will not be damaged. Always wear gloves and follow appropriate safety precautions.
For emergency spotting, a wet/dry vacuum cleaner (a 2.5 gallon wet/dry vacuum from Home Depot less than $30) is the best way to effectively remove stains. Use the attachment with the best suction and vacuum as much of the stain as possible, continuing to add water to the stain as you go. Treatment of the affected area should begin immediately upon discovery.
The more time that elapses before treatment, the more difficult a stain will be to remove. For the best results, use POOF.
- First scrape the food spill gently with a spoon or dull knife, removing as much solid material as possible. If detergent is required, use it sparingly and gently rinse the area with water while moving the vacuum wand back and forth. Use a towel to absorb as much leftover moisture as possible.
- If spot removal product is necessary use POOF or another low-residue carpet spot remover.
- If stains remain after cleaning, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain–free. No rinsing is necessary. Do not apply to natural fiber carpets (wool, cotton).
- Apply a pad of white terry cloth or paper towels and weigh down with a heavy colorfast object, allowing remaining moisture to absorb into pad overnight.
- Biokleen’s Bac-Out Odor & Stain Remover can be very helpful in working with pet accident stains and odors. Bac-Out can be purchased at Whole Foods in the cleaning product section. After removing/absorbing as much of the offending material as possible, apply Bac-Out heavily to the affected area allowing 10 to 15 minutes dwell time, then rinse per above instructions.