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How to Remove Office Carpet Stains

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Offices are busy, fast-paced environments so naturally accidents happen. We are all guilty of ink stains, spilling coffee or even wine on a Happy Friday Celebration.

It is recommended that offices use professional cleaning companies for regular carpet maintenance to remove debris and allergens.

However, in the event of a carpet stain, anyone can attack it as soon as it happens to minimise the chances of a permanent stain.

Below are carpet stain removal solutions for the most common stain scenarios. These spot cleaners can be safely and inexpensively made from everyday store cupboard items.

Coffee stains

Non-toxic carpet stain remover

  • 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

First things first, remove the excess liquid from the carpet. You can do so by pressing a paper towel on the stain to dry it. Make sure you don’t rub or scrub the stain as it will spread and will be even harder to remove. Now it’s time to prep the stain. Dab the problem area with cool water. This will remove the remainder excess and the stain will lighten.

Clean the stain using the mix above by dabbing it with a damp cloth. Repeat the action until the stain is removed. Finally, you can use a paper towel to dry the area once the stain is removed.

Ink stains

DIY carpet stain remover

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Non oily hairspray

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Ink stains happen more often than you know. The most effective way to clean an ink stain from carpet or upholstery is to use rubbing alcohol. Damp a clean cloth in the rubbing alcohol and dab it on the stain until it disappears. Make sure you don’t rub the stain as it might spread. You can find rubbing alcohol in the first aid kit or in first aid sections of stores. Alternatively, you can use hairspray as long as it is not oily. Once the stain has disappeared, make sure you clean the excess alcohol (or hairspray) from the carpet using water and a cloth.

Finish with a paper towel to remove any excess water.

Wine stains

Natural carpet stain solution

  • Salt
  • Soda Water

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We all love a casual Friday or an office Christmas party. Social engagements are great for staff morale, however this can lead to wine or food carpet stains. Make sure you start by removing the excess liquid using paper towels. Once the excess liquid has been removed, cover the stain with salt then saturate it with soda water. Work the solution into the stain area, making sure you move from outside in so the stain does not spread. Let the solution sit for a couple of minutes, as it dries it should absorb the stain. Use a damp cloth to remove the solution. If the stain is not completely gone, repeat the step above. Make sure the carpet is dried at the end of the process. You can do so by using paper towels or even a dry-wet vacuum.

Using these safe and effective methods to clean office carpet stains as soon as they happen will help to prevent further damage.

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Tracy has been working with Total Clean for 3 years, developing online and offline marketing strategy, planning and managing campaigns and copy-writing for the website. “Cleaning is an essential part of all of our lives so we should all take an interest!"

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