The heat of summer has officially set in and no matter where you may be located, there is one thing we can all agree on right now; it’s hot! Due to the high temperatures of the summer season, many of us are spending more time indoors to cool off from the heat. With kids having time off of school and families getting together for summer parties and barbeques, this leads to increased foot traffic in homes and can also result in a number of common summer stains ending up on the carpet that can be difficult to remove using generic cleaning products. From grass stains and ice cream to condiments and an assortment of beverage stains such as Kool-Aid and other soft drinks, there’s a good chance one or more of these stains will end up in the carpet at some point this summer. Although some of these stains appear to be impossible to remove, cleaning up these common summer carpet stains is a breeze when using DSC’s carpet spotters and stain removers. Follow these simple steps and it will be like the stain was never there!
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE THE STAIN, KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND:
- Always work from the outside of the stain toward the center to avoid spreading the stain.
- When removing stains, avoid scrubbing or pressing too hard as this could spread the stain into other areas of the carpet or damage the carpet fibers. Be gentle!
- Always be sure to test products in an inconspicuous area before using.
1.) Grass Stains:
With many outdoor activities happening over the summer, grass stains can be easily tracked indoors and make their way onto a carpet. When the outdoors gets brought indoors, follow these steps to remove a grass stain from the carpet:
- Saturate the grass stain with Sure-Pass and allow to set 2 minutes.
- Agitate the spot with a tamping brush, flush with water and then extract or blot dry.
- Apply Surely or Restore and allow to set 2 minutes before extracting or blotting dry.
2.) Ice Cream:
Enjoying some ice cream on a hot summer today can bring happiness to many. However, one may not be so happy when this ice cream ends up spilling or dripping onto the carpet. When this occurs, follow these directions to remove the ice cream stain:
- Spray the ice cream stain with Sure-Pass and allow it to set for 2 minutes. Agitate the spot with a tamping brush, flush with water and then extract or blot dry.
- Apply Surely or Restore and allow the solution to set 2 minutes before extracting or blotting dry.
- For colored ice creams such as Superman or Blue Moon, follow up this procedure with Press-It. After saturating the stain, cover it with a white cotton towel or paper towel and apply steam. Continue pressing the towel into the ice cream stain for about 15-20 seconds while observing the unwanted color transfer to the towel. Be sure to keep the spot saturated and use a clean area of the towel with each press. Once the dye is completely removed or the transfer stops, flush the spot with water and blot dry.
3.) Condiments: Ketchup/Mustard/BBQ:
What’s a summer get-together without condiments to add some flavor to your favorite foods? While condiments may go great with a hotdog or hamburger, they don’t go so well as a stain in the carpet. Remove ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce and other condiment stains from the carpet by following these steps:
- Saturate the stain with Sure-Pass and let it set. After 2 minutes, agitate the spot with a tamping brush, flush with water and then extract or blot dry.
- Apply Surely or Restore and let the solution set 2 minutes, then extract or blot dry.
- If this doesn’t remove the stain, apply Press-It. Cover the stain with a white cotton or paper towel and apply steam for 15-20 seconds each press, observing the unwanted color transfer to the towel. Be sure to keep the spot saturated and move to a clean area of the towel with each press until dye is completely removed or transfer stops. Once complete, flush with water, extract or blot dry.
A glass of Kool-Aid can be very refreshing and help cool you off in the summer. However, it’s not so cool when this glass gets spilled leaving a very bright colored stain on the carpet. Kool-Aid stains may appear to be one of the most difficult stains to remove, however, by following these steps using DSC’s dye remover, Press-It, it will be no problem:
- Saturate the stained area with Press-It dye remover. Apply the dye remover directly to the stain and press into the fibers of the carpet. The product will begin to soak into the stain, allowing it to start lifting from the fibers of the carpet.
- After saturating the stain, cover it with a white cotton towel or paper towel and apply steam. Continue pressing the towel into the stain for about 15-20 seconds using a clean area of the towel with each press. Be sure to keep the spot saturated by applying more Press-It if necessary.
- Observe the unwanted color transfer to the towel until the dye is completely removed or the transfer stops. When this occurs, flush out the stain and blot dry or extract.
During a gathering or party, if there’s a glass of soda pop or an alcoholic beverage around, there’s a good chance at some point a glass is going to be spilled and end up on the carpet. This does not only leave a stain but it can result in a sticky carpet as well. Get rid of the stain and sticky residue from the beverage by following these directions:
- Soak the area with Sure-Pass and allow it to set for 2 minutes. Once done soaking, agitate the spot with a tamping brush, flush with water and blot dry or extract.
- Apply Surely or Restore to the spot next and let it sit for 2 minutes before extracting or blotting dry.
- For colored soda, you will most likely have to follow this procedure with Press-It dye remover to completely remove the stain. If this is necessary, saturate the spot with Press-It and cover with a white cotton or paper towel and apply steam for 15-20 seconds each press. Be sure to use a clean area of towel each time you press and keep the spot saturated with Press-It during transfers. Observe the unwanted color transfer to the towel with each press and continue the process until dye is completely removed or transfer stops. Once this occurs, flush with water and extract or blot dry.
Try it yourself!
Carpet stains such as those mentioned above can be inevitable, especially during the summer season where a carpet is exposed to more stains. Food and beverages are likely to be spilled during the season with get-togethers being more common and outdoor debris can easily be brought inside onto the carpet from outdoor activities. When using DSC’s spotters, you can tackle these common summer stains and many more! That hotdog covered in ketchup and mustard that slipped off the plate and on to the carpet or those grass stains that were tracked in after cutting the grass has nothing on DSC’s carpet spotters and stain removers! If you’re a carpet cleaner or home owner trying to tackle these stubborn stains, there is no need to fret! DSC has your back to achieve the high-quality cleaning results you desire. Find out for yourself by finding the closest DSC distributor to you by visiting www.dscprod.com/wheretobuy or by calling DSC’s office at (231) 777-3012 to request a sample today!