Easter comes early this year, and with that, kids and adults alike will be studiously dying the Easter eggs. Allowing creativity and masters of art to be created and displayed. Whenever there is an over abundance of sugar and excitement, accidents strike. When mishaps occur, it always tends to be detrimental. The dye never seems to spill upon the tile where it is easier to clean up, but instead, it tends to land right on a conspicuous area of the carpet.
Carpet Care 2000 would like to offer some tips and advice to remove Easter egg dye from your carpet.
1. Know the materials used to construct the carpet or rug you are lifting stains out of. Some fibers require specific detergents and others have to products to avoid at all costs. If you are uncertain as to the fibers of used, consult a professional.
2. Before applying any commercial cleaners or homemade solutions, perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure the fibers integrity or color is not compromised.
3. Never use hot water during treatment, as hot water can cause the stain to set it.
4. Avoid vigorous scrubbing and rubbing as this can cause the stain to spread out and down into the fibers.
5. When tending to stains, do not use paper towels or cleaning cloths with patterns or that are colored. Use only plain white. In some circumstances, the print on paper towels, or the dye on wash cloths can be transferred onto the carpet, leaving you with a bigger mess than what you started with.
6. Immediately begin to clean a stain the moment it happens. Removing the blemish is easier done sooner than later.
Removing Stains from Carpet
– Using a paper towel or dry cleaning cloth, blot excess moisture.
– In a bucket, bowl or squirt bottle, combine 1/4 tsp liquid dish soap and 1 cup warm water. Be sure it is mixed thoroughly.
– Apply mixture on the offending stain generously but do not soak. Over wetness can cause damage or potentially breed mold, mildew or other bacteria.
– Using a dampened, clean cloth, blot the stain, lifting the dye out. Repeat as necessary.
– Once the stain is successfully removed, apply clear, cool water and blot out the soapy film.
– Blot away excessive moisture using a towel or paper towels. Allow the area to dry completely.
– Vacuum the previously stained area to relax the fibers.
– If stain has persisted, you can try an ammonia solution, but note that ammonia based products can potentially lighten carpet. Be sure to do a patch test.
– Mix together 1 TBS ammonia with 1 cup cold water.
– Modestly sponge the solution onto the stain and allow to sit five minutes.
– Blot up solution with a clean cloth.
– Once solution and stain is blotted away, rinse with a dampened cloth and blot up remaining solution.
– Blot dry with a towel. After the area has been dried, vacuum.
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