No matter how careful you may be, unfortunately, spills and drips are a part of life. Tablecloths and clothes can be removed and washed but what do you do when it ends up on your fine carpet, rug or dining room chairs?
The most effective technique for cleaning stains is blotting. Press an absorbent cloth or paper towel onto the stain or part of the stain and hold it in place, allowing the cloth to absorb the spill. Lift the cloth and reposition as needed, and replace with a fresh cloth as the cloth gets dirty. Continue until you have removed as much extra liquid as possible.
- Work from the outside of the stain inwards, so that you won’t make the stain bigger.
- Be patient and never rub – it can distort the fibers and spread the stain.
- Use a clean sponge or absorbent cloth to dab cleaning solution onto the stain. Blot the stain and the solution up with a clean, dry cloth. Repeat until the stain is removed.
- Apply cool water moderately (or with a cloth) onto the area where the stain used to be and use a fresh cloth to blot away the moisture. This will rinse away the detergent residue to help prevent resoiling.
Some stains are relatively easy to get out, others seemingly impossible. Try to treat the stain when it is fresh as once it sets into the fibers, it will be harder to remove.
Always have the following supplies available in case of a stain emergency:
- Always have a clean, white sponge or absorbent cloth
- Baking soda or cornstarch
- Table salt
- Club soda
- Detergent solution
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dry cleaning solvent