How to Clean up a Grass Stain on Carpet

How to clean up a grass stain on carpetThere is nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut grass, but if that grass has been trotted through your carpet, then it’s not so delightful. Grass stains on carpet are among the most common (and unsightly) Even the most welcoming of ‘welcoming’ mats, aren’t always able to prevent a grass trail up the stairs. Below is Renew’s step-by-step guide to cleaning up a grass stain on your carpet, so you can be sure the great outdoors is left, well, outdoors…

 

 

 

How to clean a grass stain from carpet

Two important things to remember when cleaning up a grass stain on carpet – only use cold water (never hot or even lukewarm) and never rub the stain.

  • Vacuum up any clumps of grass or soil.
  • Mix one cup of cold water with a couple drops of laundry detergent. Leave to work for 10 minutes.
  • Using a white cloth, gently clean the area working inwards.
  • When the stain is gone rinse the area with cold water to remove any soapy residue.
  • Leave to air dry.

How to clean up a grass stain on carpet

 

Some grass stains, especially if left for a period of time are tougher to remove. If this is the case and our method above hasn’t worked, then continue on with the steps below (Always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first, and wear appropriate clothing and gloves)

  • With the stain wet, apply an ammonia based cleaning solution to the area.
  • Blot with a clean, white cloth.
  • Cover the stain with white vinegar, and blot again.
  • Rinse with cold water and use a clean towel to blot dry.

How to clean up a grass stain on carpet

 

If you’ve tried both methods but to no avail, then it’s best to call the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning not only remove tough stains, but they leave your carpet both clean and healthy. To find out more about Renew’s services or to book your appointment today, please contact us here.

 

 

How to Clean up after a Bleach Spill on Carpet

After you’ve finished crying (let’s face it, looking at a bleach stain on your carpet can be THAT emotional) be sure to act quickly! The longer you leave the bleach, the more damage it will do. When dealing with bleach always wear protective clothing, the last thing you want is a double tragedy with your favourite jeans in the firing line too. Also, make sure the area you’re working in is well ventilated.

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpet

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpet

  • Take a clean white cloth and blot up as much excess bleach as possible. Be sure to blot and not rub as this will damage the carpet fibres.
  • Mix together washing up liquid and water and apply to the stain.
  • Alternatively, you could use white vinegar and water, but as the smell can be intense you would want a very strong stomach!
  • Working inwards, gently clean the area with a white cloth until the stain is gone.
  • Rinse with cold water and blot up any excess water with paper towel or a clean towel.

 

Unfortunately in some cases, the area where the bleach has spilled will be completely stripped of colour. This will need the added help of a fabric pen or carpet kit. Always check the manufactures instructions before using any of these. DIY hacks such as kid’s crayons and hair dye may also work to replace the carpet colour, but as with any DIY job there is a risk, and it could end up making the area look even worse.

 

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpetWith difficult stains such as bleach it can be hard to deal with them on your own. Calling in the professionals will give you the best chance of reversing the damage to your carpet and have it looking in tip top condition. Renew Carpet Cleaning have over twenty years experience. They are the trusted carpet cleaning company for some of the biggest commercial names in the country. Word of mouth and repeat custom make up over 80% of their residential custom. To book your carpet cleaning today or to find out more about  Renew’s services Contact us today.

 

 

 

How to Clean up an Ink Stain on Carpet

Ink stains are one of those notorious carpet stains that nobody wants to meet. Whether it’s a leaky biro or an accident doing homework, an ink stain can be more stressful than a fifth class maths problem. And, a close second to your child whining, ‘That’s not how my teacher does it.’

There are two types of inks – water based and non-water based.

Water based inks such as highlighters and magic markers are considered temporary, as they can be dissolved in water. These are pretty straight forward to remove.

Non-water based inks such as standard ink pens and permanent markers are not soluble in water and are usually considered permanent. These can still be successfully removed from carpet, they just need a little extra work.

Ballpoint pens can be either of the above, depending on the type.

How to clean up an ink stain on carpet

How to clean up a non-permanent ink stain on carpet

  • Blot up as much of the ink stain as possible using a clean cloth or paper towel.
  • Mix together washing up liquid and lukewarm water and use to dab the stain.
  • Continue until the stain has gone.
  • Rinse with water to rid any soapy residue.

How to clean up a permanent ink stain on carpet

  • Use a clean towel or paper towel to blot up as much excess ink as you can. Be sure not rub, as this will work the stain further down into the carpet.
  • Moisten the ink stain with a rubbing alcohol such as surgical spirits.
  • Using a clean white towel, carefully dab the area. (You will see the ink transfer onto the towel) Use a clean piece of towel each time, until the stain has gone.
  • Mix a few drops of detergent with warm water to remove any mess afterwards.
  • Rinse the area with lukewarm water and allow to air dry.

How to clean up an ink stain on carpet

Did you know hairspray and salt (not together) can remove ink stains?

Simply spray the ink stain with hairspray, use luke warm water to dab the area. Rinse afterwards.

Using salt, pour salt over the stain (if it’s dried in, wet the area first) leave overnight and vacuum the next day. Rinse afterwards to remove any salt residue.

Some stains, however, need professional help. Renew Carpet Cleaning can successfully remove all types of stains from carpet. Contact us today to book your carpet cleaning, and check out our website for more easy stain removal tips!

How to Clean a Blood Stain from Carpet

How to clean blood from carpet

Accidents happen as they say, and when the remnants of one has dripped on your carpet, you need to act quickly (after the first aid of course!) Blood contains many proteins which can make it a tough stain to remove, especially if it has dried into the carpet. Below is Renew Carpet Cleaning’s step by step guide to removing both fresh and dried in blood stains from carpet.

How to clean blood from carpet

Method 1

  • Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cold water (be sure to use only cold water as warm/hot water will settle the stain into the carpet)
  • Using a clean cloth carefully sponge the area, working inwards so as not to spread the stain.
  • Repeat until the stain has gone.
  • Rinse the area with cold water to remove any soapy residue.

How to clean blood from carpet

Method 2

  • Mix together cold water and salt until it forms a thin paste.
  • Spread the paste over the stain, and rub it in using a clean towel.
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes so the salt can absorb the blood.
  • Blot the stain, making sure not to scrub as this can damage the carpet fibres.
  • Continue until the stain has gone.
  • Vacuum up the salt residue.

How to clean blood from carpet

How to remove dried in blood from carpet

  • Use a blunt knife or brush to loosen the dried blood, and vacuum up any bits.
  • Use method 1 (above) mix a washing up liquid and water solution, before blotting the stain.
  • If the stain turns brown after drying, then mix two cups of warm water and one cup of white vinegar and use a clean cloth to sponge the area. Repeat as necessary.

 

If you have tried to remove the stain yourself with no luck, it’s best to contact the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning remove all types of tough stains successfully and leave your carpet both clean and healthy. Contact Renew today to book your cleaning. For more quick and easy stain removal tips, check out our website.

 

 

How to Clean up After a Tea Spill on Carpet

How to clean up after a tea spill on carpet

As a nation of tea drinkers , regular tea spills are inevitable in every homes. Whether it’s a Hansel & Gretel tea trail from the kitchen to the couch, or a full cup completely up ended – an unsightly brown tea stain can seem a real pain to get rid of, especially on light coloured carpet. However, help is at hand! Below is Renew’s quick and easy guide to removing a tea stain from carpet.

For best results be sure to get to work on the stain straight away!

How to clean up after a tea spill on carpet

  • Use kitchen roll or a clean towel to blot up as much liquid as possible.
  • Pour a small amount of cold water on the stain to dilute the tea, blot again until no more liquid is transferred.
  • Mix together 2 ounces of white vinegar to 4 ounces of warm water. Test this cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.
  • Using a clean cloth and the above cleaning solution, rub the area working inwards so as not to spread the stain.
  • Continue until the stain is gone.

How to remove the smell of vinegar after cleaningHow to clean up after a tea spill on carpet

If the smell of vinegar lingers after you’ve finished cleaning up the tea stain, then follow the simple steps below

  • Blot up any excess liquid left after the stain removing process.
  • Sprinkle baking soda onto the area and leave for 1- 2 hrs (This will help absorb the odour)
  • Vacuum the area.
  • Repeat the above steps if necessary, until the odour has completely gone.

 

Renew Carpet Cleaning remove all types of tough stains. We recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year to maintain a clean and healthy home. After cleaning we use a protective treatment that acts a barrier against future staining (good news for tea lovers!) Contact Renew today to book your carpet cleaning, or to find more about the cleaning services we provide.

 

How to Clean up after a Medicine Spill on Carpet

How to clean up after medicine spill on carpetWhether you’ve spilled Calpol in a zombie like state in the middle of the night, or your little one has spat back 5 mls of what they deem to be poison, a medicine spill on carpet is not what you need. Cough syrups, liquid antibiotics, and pain relief for kids are usually a sticky consistency that cling onto carpet fibres and can seem tricky to remove. Carpets made from natural fibres such as wool will absorb the stain further, where as synthetic carpets keep the stain afloat making it easier to remove.

No matter what the carpet type, Renew’s step-by-step guide will give you the best chance of removing the stain yourself…

For best results get to work on the stain straight away. Always test out any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.

How to clean up after a medicine spill on carpet

How to clean up after a medicine spill on carpet. Renew Carpet Cleaning's step-by-step guide to removing a medicine spill on carpet.Scrape off excess medicine with a blunt knife or spoon.

Mix one tablespoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of washing up liquid, to two cups of warm water.

Use a clean cloth to sponge (not rub) the stain with the solution, until it has completely gone. Be sure to work inwards so as not to spread the stain.

Rinse the area with cold water to remove any vinegar/ soapy residue.

Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot up any excess liquid.

 

How to clean up after a medicine spill on carpet. Renew Carpet Cleaning's step-by-step guide to removing a medicine spill on carpet.Some stains require professional help! Contact Renew Carpet Cleaning today to book your Carpet Cleaning. No job is too big or too small! To find out more about Renew’s cleaning services, or for more easy stain removal tips, check out our website

How to Clean up Vomit from Carpet

If you’re researching how to clean up vomit from carpet…then things are tough enough without complicated instructions or witty intros. So, we’ll get straight to the point. Below is Renew’s quick and easy guide to removing vomit from carpet.

How to clean up vomit from carpet

Use disposable gloves if possible, and for best results try to tackle the stain straight away.

How to clean up vomit from carpet

  • Remove any solids from the stain.
  • If the vomit has hardened use some cold water to loosen the stain.
  • Mix together some laundry detergent with water. Clean the area using a scrubbing brush or cloth / sponge. Continue until the stain is gone.
  • Use cold water to remove any soapy residue from the carpet.
  • Remove any excess liquid with a clean towel or paper towel.

Cleaning vomit from carpet is usually straight forward, unless the person who vomited had been drinking say, red wine (see how to remove red wine from carpet) It’s the smell of vomit that can seem daunting to get rid of.

How to get rid of the smell of vomit from carpet

  • Mix together some baking soda and water to form a paste consistency.
  • Apply a thin layer of paste to the area and use a brush (even an old toothbrush) to work it into the carpet.
  • Leave to set (may need to be left overnight) and when the paste has hardened, scrape up as much as you can with a blunt knife.
  • Vacuum up any remaining residue and the smell should come away with it.

 

How to clean up vomit from carpetIf you don’t have baking soda, vinegar is also effective in removing the smell of vomit from carpet.

  • Mix two parts water to one part vinegar.
  • Rub the solution into the area with a sponge or cloth.
  • Don’t panic if the smell of vinegar seems to be lingering just as much as the vomit smell, they both will go away together.
  • Leave the solution for 1-2 hrs to work into the area.
  • Use a clean towel to soak up as much of the residue as possible

 

 

 

Renew Carpet Cleaning are experts at removing all types of stains – we’ve seen them all! If you need help removing a tough stain or you want your carpets professionally cleaned – Contact us today. To find out about all our cleaning services or for more easy stain removal tips, check out our website.

 

 

 

How to Remove Candle Wax from Carpet

How to remove candle wax from carpetWho doesn’t love a fab scented candle in their home? There’s the ‘good’ candles we don’t light, and of course the ones we use regularly to create a calming ambience and scent. Candles are a must in almost every home. Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a special occasion, it’s the memories we want afterwards and not a tricky wax stain to clean up. When candle wax spills, its a double whammy as it starts off as liquid and dries solid. When it spills on carpet it seeps down in to the carpet, before solidifying onto the fibres. Although candle wax stains are not ideal, they’re definitely not impossible to remove yourself.

How to remove candle wax from carpet

Method 1 –

  • Place a bag of ice over the wax to help harden it, making it easier to scrape off.
  • Use a dull knife to gently scrap off the wax from the carpet fibres.
  • Vacuum up the wax pieces.
  • If the wax is coloured and has left a stain on the carpet, then use a rubbing alcohol or a stain remover to clean it up.

How to remove candle wax from carpet

Method 2 – Always try this out on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.

  • Place a paper bag over the wax. Carefully iron over the stain on a high heat, be sure not to use the steam setting and if an option, turn it off. (You can also use a paper towel and hair dryer on a high heat)
  • As you iron the wax will lift away onto the paper bag.
  • As the wax is absorbed onto the bag, swap for a clean piece.
  • Repeat the above steps, until the stain is completely gone.

 

Renew Carpet Cleaning are experts in all stain removals, and no job is too big or small for our trained technicians. If your carpet requires professional help, then give us a shout! To find out more about the services we offer, or to book your carpet cleaning contact us today.

How to Clean up after a Foundation Spill on Carpet

How to clean up after a foundation spill on carpet

If it’s not bad enough that your favourite foundation has taken a tumble, spilling the equivalent of half your wages on the floor, when that flooring is carpet it’s extra painful. A foundation spill on carpet can feel like a nightmare, especially if your carpet is a light colour and now has an unsightly brown puddle that would get Peppa Pig and her gang excited! However don’t panic, help is at hand with Renew’s step by step guide below…

Like with all stains – get to work straight away, not giving the stain time to set. Also be sure to test out all cleaning solutions on a hidden area of carpet first.

How to clean up after a foundation spill on carpet

How to clean up after a foundation spill on carpet

  • Remove as much of the product from the surface of the carpet using a spoon, taking care not to push the make-up further down. (If you can re-use some, we won’t judge you ;))
  • Using 3% hydrogen peroxide is extremely effective for cream/ white carpets. (Do not use this solution on dark or coloured carpets as it will bleach them. If your carpet is coloured you may need a specific stain removal product. Always follow the instructions on these carefully, so as not to cause damage to your carpet)
  • Add a small amount of the hydrogen peroxide solution to a clean white cloth.
    Firmly blot the stain to lift as much of the makeup as possible from the carpet. Do not rub the stain.Continue to dab the stain with more solution (moving on to a clean piece of cloth each time) until the stain is gone.
    After the stain has been removed, spray the affected area with water to rinse out any solution.
  • Use kitchen roll to dab any excess liquid and leave to dry.

How to clean up after a powder make-up spill on carpet

How to clean up after a foundation spill on carpetPowder make-up is a lot more straight forward to remove from carpet than liquid foundation.

Below is our easy 3 step guide:

  • Mix together a couple squirts of washing-up liquid with a cup of warm water. Mix so as to make a lather (shaving foam can also be used instead of washing-up liquid)
  • Soak a clean cloth in the cleaning solution and gently dab at the stain, making sure not to rub as this can damage the carpet fibres.
  • Use cold water to rinse away the soapy residue and dab any excess liquid with paper towel.

Help is at hand…

If the stain isn’t budging and you think you might need help from the professionals…fear not, Renew carpet cleaning are just a phone call away! With over twenty years experience and setting the bar for carpet cleaning companies across Ireland, there is no stain too tough for Renew’s team! Contact Renew carpet cleaning today to book your appointment, and check out Renew’s website for more great stain removal tips.

 

Vacuuming does NOT mean carpet cleaning

Okay, so vacuuming your carpet may not be a complete waste of time, of course it removes surface dirt, crumbs, fluff etc and has the added benefit of a home workout, but vacuums are sneaky and like to give the illusion of being more than they actually are…

vacuuming carpet isn't carpet cleaningYou wouldn’t be alone in thinking that vacuuming your carpet is cleaning it too. The good news is that it’s recommended that you only need to vacuum your carpet once a week, the bad news is that it doesn’t do all you may think it does. Dragging the vacuum around the house like a stubborn pet is a chore to most (unless you’re one of those people who actually enjoy housework…eh, fair play) The results of vacuuming can give your carpet that clean, swishy, fluffy look with the obvious bits of dirt gone. However, looks can be deceiving and that’s where professional carpet cleaners come in.

 

Let’s be honest, most people don’t vacuum slowly, taking care to reach every nook and cranny or even move all the furniture. Even if you do take your time, vacuuming alone will not give the same results as a professional cleaning or the added health benefits either. Having your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year (more if you have furry family members) can remove 90% more dust, allergens and pet dander than vacuuming alone. It will also improve the overall indoor air quality in your home.

Professional carpet cleaning means easier vacuuming

vacuuming carpet is not carpet cleaningWhen you’ve had your carpet professionally cleaned, you will be offered an after care protective treatment. Unlike trying to dodge the usually aftercare sales pitch, protective carpet treatments are worth their weight in gold. This treatment is applied to the carpet after cleaning and forms a barrier that resists future staining and premature wear. The carpet fibres become more resistant to staining and dirt, making it easier for you to vacuum in future…how amazing is that!

Why pay someone to do a job you can do yourself?

vacuuming carpet isn't carpet cleaning

If you want a job done right, do it yourself…unless it’s carpet cleaning, then hire the professionals!

Professional carpet cleaners are just that – professionals. You’re paying for their expertise, knowledge and the peace of mind that the job will be done correctly. DIY carpet cleaning can in fact cause more harm than good. Carpet steaming done incorrectly can create mould thus destroying your carpet costing you more money in the long run. Pleasant smelling carpet shampoos are great for in between professional cleans to freshen up your home, but they only disguise dirty carpets if that’s what they are constantly sprinkled on.

So the moral of the story – back away from the ‘Carpet Cleaning for Dummies’ and book with the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning use state of the art cleaning equipment and each job is carried out by a fully trained technician, using only Eco-friendly cleaning products. Therefore the results are clean, fresh carpet and a healthier home for you and your family.

Renew carpet cleaning have over twenty years experience.To book your carpet cleaning or to find out more about Renew’s services get in contact today.