More often than not, we are one of the culprits who cause stains on the carpet in the office when we accidentally spill our coffee onto the carpet, unintentionally stain the carpet with our pen, or wine stain during a celebration…
Stains on carpet should be attended to as quickly as possible to increase the chance of removing the stain. The longer the stain remains in the carpet, the higher the chance the stain would become permanent mark.
Below is a list of guide to remove some of the common stains found in an office.
However, it is highly recommended to contact a professional carpet cleaning service company to treat the soiled carpet as quickly as possible after spillage take place to ensure all the stains are fully removed from the carpet and prevent micro organism and bacteria from growing especially if you are handling organic spillage like food and beverages.
Stain #1: Coffee Spills
Immediately throw pieces of kitchen paper onto the soiled carpet and apply pressure by using your palm to absorb as much of the excess fluid as possible. Do not rub or scrub the stain or you will end up spreading the coffee stain. Repeat this step until no more excess coffee can be absorbed by the kitchen paper.
After excess fluid is removed, it’s time to blot the stain. First, spray or sprinkle some amount of cool water onto the coffee stained carpet area and start blotting using a clean damp cloth. Do not drench the carpet with water as the carpet should just remain damp during the cleaning process or you may end up damaging the carpet. Repeat the step till stain is lightened.
Next step is to clean stain using stain removal solution. You may remove fresh coffee stain by applying dishwashing detergent, vinegar, soda water, whichever of this solution that you can find in your office pantry. Dilute 1 spoon of dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water, or ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of water, and spray the solution onto the coffee stained carpet. Start blotting using a clean damp cotton cloth. Repeat the step until all the stains are removed. Then rinse the cleaned carpet by blotting the area with a clean damp cloth to remove soap or vinegar solution in the carpet.
Finally place some kitchen paper on the wet carpet and apply pressure on it to absorb the excess fluid from the carpet. You may use a hair dryer to dry the carpet if there is one in the office.
Stain #2: Ink Stain
When you stain the carpet with ballpoint pen, apply some rubbing alcohol like isopropyl (90%) onto a piece of clean cloth and blot the stain carefully from the outer edge towards the centre. Do not rub the stain as the stain may spread. Repeat the step until no more ink mark can be removed.
Then rinse the carpet by using a clean damp cloth and blot the alcohol residue from the carpet. Rinse the cloth and repeat the step until the alcohol residue is removed from the carpet. Dry the damp carpet quickly to prevent any remaining ink in the carpet fibre from wicking up to the surface of the carpet and become visible again. To quick dry, you can either a hairdryer or apply some kitchen paper onto the damp carpet and apply pressure to absorb the excess fluid till the carpet is dry.
If you stain the carpet with fountain pen, repeat the above step using soda water instead of alcohol to blot the stain.
Stain #3: Wine stain
Always remove excess fluid from the carpet as quickly as possible by applying kitchen towel. Apply a small amount of soda water onto the soiled carpet and blot using a clean damp cloth. Repeat the step until the stain is fully removed. For red wine stain, you may use white wine to blot the stain if you don’t have soda water.
After stain is fully removed, rinse the stained area by using a clean damp cloth and blot the cleaned carpet to remove excess white wine or soda water. Rinse the cloth and repeat the step until the white wine or soda water is fully removed from the carpet. Ensure carpet is dried by using hair dryer or using absorbent kitchen paper to absorb remaining fluid in the carpet.