Handling Stubborn Carpet Stains

Carpet stains can be the blight of your business. If you don't handle them immediately they can leave your flooring looking shabby, unclean and unprofessional.

Dealing with stains on the spot will stop them becoming ingrained and to do this you need to understand how different stains act and which chemicals you need to combat them.

Dealing with carpet stains on the spot will stop them becoming ingrained

Food and Drink

Handling food and drink stains in the most basic sense can be manageable without chemicals in the first instance. A simple cloth and water will be able to lift most of the stain as long as you deal with it immediately and then you can treat it with a detergent based cleaner such as Prochem Citrus Gel. Leaving the detergent on the stain for up to 15 minutes should lift the rest of the stain and it can then be wiped away.

Coffee, Tea and Tannin

These types of stains are slightly different to your average food and drink. Specialised coffee stain removers are high in their acid content and can lift yellow and brown discolouration from any carpet.

Oil and Grease

Oil and grease are further by-products of food stains that can be dealt with by using traditional cleaning solvents. Jangro Carpet Spot and Stain Remover focuses on grease and oil spot and has an alkaline base which lifts them easily. You'll probably find your traditional carpet cleaning solvent is used most regularly and can handle elements of all stains. It may take an hour of processing time but it will lift almost every oil stain.

Wax Stains

If wax gets into your carpet fibres it can seem near impossible to remove. Waxy hard stains can include chewing gum as well as traditional wax and can often be treated with the straightforward freezing of the area by applying ice. Ice will help loosen the wax and then it can be broken up and vacuumed. Solvent based cleaners should be used to remove the remaining debris.

General Dirt

General dirt from the bottom of shoes to things that get dragged in whilst the doors are open are the most important to treat. Areas with high foot traffic are bound to end up dirty if not kept regularly cleaned. It's integral these areas are treated and cleaned regularly as stains here will be the first to be noticed by arriving clients and could hamper potential business contracts and relationships.

It's important that you have a full range of chemicals and cleaning equipment available and designed to handle the types of stains that are prevalent in your industry. Some businesses may see the value in outsourcing their cleaning to professionals whereas others have the necessary know-how to hire their own cleaning staff and direct them themselves.

Understanding the difference between the types of stains which generally occur will have a significant impact on how you treat them and the success you have. The main rule of thumb is to treat them as soon as possible. The problems that arise with an ingrained stain are completely different and can be much harder to deal with.

For more product information visit our range of floor cleaning chemicals including Carpet Cleaning Products, Carpet Odour Neutralisers and Carpet Stain Removers. For further advice on your floor care concerns or help with floor care training please contact Wray Bros.

Further reading

5 Steps to Remove Common Spots and Stains