Whether it is a grease stain on your sofa or some oil stain on your white shirt, a significant splatter or spill is enough to disorganized an individual. In the frenzy, one can make one or two cleaning mistakes while trying to remove the stains immediately, and getting it wrong would mean making matters worse. Nobody can stop you from panicking once you encounter a sudden stain, however, we are saying you should try your best to avoid making those rash decisions that can complicate matters.
At London Carpet cleaners, we share a lot of cleaning tips and hacks that can help one remove even the most stubborn stains from clothes, furniture, and carpets. But there are also some things you should never do. We will be discussing some of those common mistakes people make while trying to get rid of stains below;
Trying to scrub a stain: When a stain occurs, the same basic instinct might tell one to start scrubbing straight away. Well, this should not be the case because dabbing or blotting out stains is a more viable option. Scrubbing at a stain can do more harm than good in that it would potentially increase the diameter of the stain and even weaken the fabric at the same time. So instead of rubbing at a stain, stay calm and blot it out.
Drying the item before the stain is completely reduced: Once a stain occurs, you should make the first move of trying to make sure you remove the stain. Removing the stain may prove to be a little stressful, but you need to go through that stress before drying the material. Just as hot water can make stains permanent, sun-drying can do the same. They both have one thing in common; heat. So treat the stain first, no matter how stubborn it may be, then wash the item, before drying it. As long as the stain was removed before drying, you are good to go.
Immediately trying to rinse with hot water: Before you use hot water to attack that stain, take a second to reconsider. Basic instinct may suggest that hot water can dissolve the stain in an instant, but is that all? The same hot water can also set some stains permanently to the material, especially stains that are protein-based like blood. Hot water makes it more difficult to be removed. So instead of rushing to use piping hot water to directly attack a stain, consider using cold water to at least rinse it out.
Allowing stains to sit too long on the fabric: Once you have come up with a plan to tackle the stain, take action immediately. Resist the temptation to just throw it into the laundry bin and let it stay there till you are ready to wash all the clothes. The longer stains sit on materials, the more difficult they are to be removed.
Using a mixture of stain removers: Contrary to what most people believe, mixing different stain removers is never a good idea. Some think that the potency of cleaning becomes double once you mix stain removers but that is not true. The effects are the opposite. First, it can create some harmful gases depending on the solutions being mixed. Then, it can have a damaging effect on the fabric. So if you use a product and you do not get the required result, try another after the first one, instead of mixing them.
Application of too much stain remover: Yes, we understand that you want to get rid of the stains as soon as possible. But oversaturation will not do you so much good. If the product is used in excess, it becomes a lot more difficult to rinse it out completely, especially when the item is a carpet or upholstery. Instead of oversaturation, apply in lesser quantities but do it repeatedly if necessary.
Attacking stains from their centre: Doing this ultimately increases the chances of spreading the stain. Instead of this, try to tackle the stains from the edges and slowly work your way to its centre. That way, you will keep it from seeping or spreading.
Taking the right cleaning tips and avoiding these mistakes will make it possible for one to clean effectively. So what are you waiting for? If you require professional cleaners for your rugs and carpets, please contact London Carpet Cleaning services, and we will convince you we are the best.