How to Remove Tough Stains

Posted on 31st October 2016 by Direct Cleaning Services

Whether it’s a spill or from general wear and tear, stains and discolouring in your carpets and furniture can be a real blight on your company or home’s appearance. However, seeing to tough stains can be a demanding process if you don’t know where to begin, with different stains requiring different procedures to tackle them. Here, we’ll be detailing just a few of the things you can do to remove tough stains.

Red Wine

One of the most notoriously hard stains to get rid of, red wine stands a league apart, but it isn’t untreatable. First, the stain should be covered in salt. Eventually, the salt will begin to absorb the darker colours of the wine. Biological detergent can then be used on the stain and you can leave it to soak for a while. Scrub and dry out the fabric and then the stain should come up.

Red Wine

Coffee

Coffee can also be a common stain appearing on your premises. However, coffee stains are as easy to treat as they are common. Stain remover can be applied to the coffee stain and then you should allow it to sit for up to ten minutes. Warm water and a detergent can then be used to wash the fabric. Scrub until it comes out, but use an oil solvent if there is milk in the coffee.

Chewing Gum

Because chewing gum litters our streets, the likelihood of someone unknowingly bringing gum on the bottom of their shoes into your premises is high. Gum and other sticky substances like glue can have a huge detrimental effect on your carpets and furniture, so knowing how to tackle them is important.

Firstly, place some ice cube in a plastic bag on the chewing gum. Once the gum hardens, you will be able to peel it off without staining the fabric.

Chewing Gum

Mud

Particularly after it rains, you can expect to have to deal with mud issues on your carpets following someone tracking it into your business or home. You should allow it to dry out before seeing to it. You can then brush off as much as possible before applying a gentle detergent and warm water. Work this up into a bit of a lather and scrub carefully until the stains come out.

Ink

In the workplace, if there is one thing that you can take more or less as a given as having to deal with at some point it’s ink stains. Ink stains can be dealt with by spraying an appropriate cleaning solution on them and dabbing away at them with a clean cloth. Repeat until clean.

ink

Blood

Accidents happen all the time, and sometimes it can be difficult to avoid getting blood from a cut on the carpet or a piece of furniture. If you work in a physical environment, it may be significantly more likely that you could be harmed and bleed on a stainable surface. Left untreated, the stain can be particularly tough to tackle.

Water should be applied to the blood stain first of all. Work the stain until the water and the stain begin to pinken. Then apply a stain remover to continue the cleaning process. Hydrogen peroxide in particular can be quite useful on white or light-coloured fabrics, but use responsibly. The blood stain should be out in no time at all.

If you’re having trouble cleaning up your premises, and especially if image is all important for your business or home, you’ll need professional aid to treat the most stubborn stains. At that point, Direct Cleaning Services can be there to help.

Direct Cleaning Services provide an array of cleaning services in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire. Please feel free to contact us today to discuss commercial cleaning for your company. We also offer comprehensive domestic cleaning services, too.