After every party and cooking, there’s always a trail of mess that seemed to get stuck in cracks of the floorboards, the fibres of the carpet, and the tiles – it seems like an endless nightmare of coloured paints on places you don’t want!
While it can be remedied, there are just some stains that won’t come off even with the strongest chemicals you can find on the shelf. Some of these come from accidental tipping of glasses and utensils falling from the table, sprinkling some of the heavenly sauces on the floor.
But don’t lose hope, there’s always a cure on every stain and mess that seem to look permanent – meaning there are definitely hacks to everything. While the stains are still fresh, you can quickly remedy it with quick action and avoid making it stain.
The best way to avoid the worsening of the spillage is to take action when the stain is still fresh:
- Blot. When the spill is fresh, make sure you don’t rub it – especially in carpets and the like – to avoid it being absorbed by fibres and making it worse. It might actually stain for real and you will have a hard time removing it. Make sure you get absorbent towels and clean rags to absorb the spilled liquid. By working on the outside in, you can avoid the spread of the stain throughout the rug.
- Dilute with water. Depending on the stain, it’s important to know what water you should use to carefully lift up the stain. Mostly, it’s ideal to use cold water with protein-based stains to avoid the coagulation of the substance and permanently sticking on the carpet or wooden surface. Dab a small amount of water until the entire area is wet and covered.
- Blot the excess. Like how you cleaned up the excess stain, gently dab the clean towel on the stain and absorb the excess water. Be careful not to rub the stain too much and make it worse. Let the towel absorb the excess liquid and continue doing so until the stain is gone.
- Apply an organic cleaning chemical. This is crucial – you should know if this kind of chemical will either make the stain worse or make the colour of the carpet fade. In order to know, test the chemical on a small area first and observe if it bleaches the colour or not. If it doesn’t stain, simply apply it in small dots and carefully apply it without unnecessarily spreading it on the carpet. You can dab on the stain and make sure it absorbs the solution. Depending on the kind of chemical you have, you can apply water and dab the excess and clear it up once and for all.
- Repeat the process. Hints of the stain remain on the carpet after a tedious clean? You can repeat the steps again and continue to do so until the stain completely lifts. While it may sound tedious now, it will soon be a habit whenever there will be stains on the floor. It will become an easy task whenever it happens!