Atlanta – 5 Most Common Stains And How To Treat Them

There’s only so much you can plan for. You’re a facilities manager, so you know that keeping your property looking its best is critical. When it comes to your carpeting, you’ve partnered with a reputable commercial carpet cleaning company in Atlanta, and you have seen to it that your employees are properly trained in terms of vacuuming. Everything is perfect, right?

Well, not necessarily. Keep reading for the most commonly occurring stains, and the best ways to make sure they are gone for good.

  • Blood stains on carpeting can be a serious problem. It’s not just because they are a biohazard, they are also extremely tough to remove and require a lot of persistence. Never use hot or warm water to treat a blood stain, since blood has a tendency to coagulate with heat. Use cold water to prevent carpet fibers from staining. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and 2 teaspoons of a liquid dish detergent that fights grease. Spray the mixture on the stain until it is completely soaked, then use a dry white cloth or paper towel to blot the area, which will transfer the blood from the carpet to the cloth. Rinse the area with cold water and repeat if needed.
  • There’s no doubt, especially during mornings, that guests and employees will be in the area with coffee. Since we’re usually not at our best first thing in the A.M., someone is bound to spill. With a dry white cloth, blot the area thoroughly until dry. In case of large spills, be careful not to spread out the stain even further and use multiple towels. Next, mix water, vinegar, and a gentle non-bleach detergent into your spray bottle. Spray the area thoroughly, rinse with water, and repeat if necessary.
  • Along similar lines, summer is the ideal time of year for bottles of juice to come out with adults and children alike. Juice spills can be tricky if the person cleaning rubs the stain instead of blotting because the stain can soak through into the carpet pad. Instead, mix in your trusty spray bottle 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwasher detergent, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and cold water. Thoroughly spray the area and let the mixture soak in for 5-10 minutes, then blot with a clean and dry towel until the stain is gone.
  • Ink stains are no fun to deal with, and they can be problematic on a pristine carpet. First, use isopropyl alcohol to dampen a clean white cloth. Always blot the stain, and never scrub it. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes, rinse with water, then use a vacuum cleaner friendly to liquids to remove the moisture. You may need to repeat the process a few times. If you don’t have isopropyl alcohol handy, some nail polish removers, vinegar, or white wines may do the trick. Try a test on an inconspicuous area of the carpeting.
  • Even if you have “No Pets Allowed” signs prominently posted, someone will inevitably bring their pet in, and there will be an accident. After cleaning up the mess if it’s solid, blot the area to soak up the moisture. Do this repeatedly until the area is dry and the stain is gone. If that method doesn’t work, moisten the area again and apply a carpet cleaning product specializing in pet stains. To remove any odors, mix ¼ cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water, spray the area thoroughly, and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Blot the area until the stain disappears and the area is dry.