Post Party Clean Up - How to Remove Difficult StainsWe're all allowed to let our hair down, right? And who doesn't love hosting a house party? If only we didn't have to cope with the post party aftermath (and we're not talking hangovers here.) No, this nuisance is much more resilient - carpet stains! Forget the old wives tale that a dash of white wine and salt removes deep red wine stains - it really doesn't... you need something much more industrial than that to ensure carpet care.
Below we have listed 5 tips that will hope to remove or prevent the most difficult of stains.
1. A proper vacuum
Do not be in a hurry when vacuuming the carpet as you might not be able to remove deeply embedded dirt at the first instance. Make sure to go over each section of carpeting several times, from several different directions using a crisscross pattern and overlapping strokes. For homes with pets, sometimes come odours, so for this sprinkle your carpet with a specialist product at least 15 minutes before you vacuum.
2. Treat that stain quickly
Yeah you've had a drink but you can't be completely oblivious to what is going on in your house (can you?!). Buy a hand held carpet spray to have on the side board. Treat spots promptly, but spot test before to make sure you are not damaging or fading your carpet's dye or color when you use a cleaner.
3. Be tactical about the way you remove that stain
Don't just rush in there with toilet paper and a bit of bleach. Make sure you treat your carpets with care, even when removing a stain. Always work from the outside of the stain inwards to minimize stains spreading. To clean off any remaining marks use a clean, damp cloth soaked in warm water to blot the stain. Use a dabbing action with the cloth and then blot out the remaining liquid again with a dry kitchen towel. Do not rub the pile surface of your carpet or over soak the stain.
4. Get yourself a door mat
A large, strong doormat will reduce dirt from outside being spread around the house. You will be surprised, even the rudest house guests will use it. Interior doormats stop dirt from being tracked inside, but only if they're kept clean. So, remember to give your doormat a shake out before the party to prevent mud being trodden in to your house.
5. Invest in a carpet that won't stain
Maybe you want to have plenty of parties and don't want to worry about being on your hands and knees scrubbing the next day. Easy clean carpets are truly ‘life-proof'! Accidental spills are shrugged off by specialist carpets. Everyday household stains, such as wine and soft drinks, become a thing of past as spills are repelled for years to come.