Well, since it's Easter, no doubt, some of you are going to have problems with chocolate stains on your furniture and carpets. So, here are a couple of tips as to how to safely and quickly remove such blemishes from your world. Sorry, I can't help you with the several pounds you've added to your thighs as a result of this weekend's chocolate feast.
Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Synthetic Carpet and Wool Carpet:
Blot up or scrape as much of the excess as possible.
To prevent setting stain, flush with club soda.
Try an application of Folex Carpet Stain Remover or a concentrated solution of a non-alkali carpet cleaner..
After drying and vacuuming, if stain remains:
Mix 1 tablespoon ammonia to 1 cup cool water and carefully drop small amounts onto the stain. (On wool carpets, test in an inconspicuous corner first, as ammonia can harm wool.)
Blot with an absorbent pad.
Flush or sponge carpeting with cool, clear water. It is important to remove all traces of ammonia.
Place a clean absorbent pad or towel over the area and weigh it down or simple stand on the towel..
When no more liquid is being absorbed, allow it to thoroughly air dry.
Chocolate and candy on big-ticket items like furniture and upholstery are best removed with a dash of rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid blotted on using a white paper towel, clean rag or cloth diaper.
Simply wet the stain with a small amount of either, then immediately blot dry. Check for remaining brown smudges. If any residue remains, repeat this step until the smudge disappears.
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This is, by far, the most common stain issue we deal with here at SmithWerks Carpet Cleaning in North Vancouver. If you have a pet, you most probably understand the frustration that comes with house or litterbox training. Proper cleaning and stain removal is not only desirable for a fresh and clean house, it's also essential in training of your pet. as well.
Follow these simple steps and help to eliminate some of that frustration. Remember! The quicker you address the spot, the more likely that you'll be successful with your efforts. I'm going to focus our discussion today on dog or cat urine. I'll address pet vomit and feces in another blog post.
1. Soak up as much of the spot using a dry thick towel or cloth. I recommend having a collection of old towels on hand, the thicker the better. Second hand towels from a thrift store for instance. Blot up as much of the stain as possible. If the towel is thick enough, place it on the stain and stand on it to force the urine transfer to the towel. The stain should be barely damp at the end of this first step.
2. Now, rinse the spot with cool, clean water. Warm or hot water could set the stain. You may want to add a couple of caps of white vinager to your rinse water. This will help to deodorize and disinfect the effected carpet. Repeat the first step. Blot up as much of the moisture as possible. Again, at the end of this step, the spot should be slightly damp.
3. This last step involves the use of a store bought spotter. I recommend Folex. It's fairly neutral in terms of its PH and is safe to use. I recommend spraying a few squirts on to a clean white rag and blotting the remaining spot, checking the rag for color or stain from the urine.
This should take care of any fresh urine spots before they become "one with the carpet".