Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tips on Removing Carpet Stains with Peroxide

Oxygenated bleaches are safe on carpets unlike the harsh chlorine bleach which may cause the carpet to fade. An oxygenated bleach, such as hydrogen peroxide or oxygenated bleach powder, creates oxygen bubbles when exposed to water. These bubbles loosen stains and lift them from the carpet. You can make your own economical, efficient stain remover by using a common 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.

  1. Remove as much of the product causing the stains as possible by blotting the stained area with paper towels or a white rag. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this may further spread it or harm the carpet fibers, according to cleaners Acton.
  2. Dab a mixture of 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent at the affected area using a clean sponge. Make sure to blot the stain from outer edge towards the centre to prevent spreading it. Rinse with plain water.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of water and ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide. Apply the solution to the stain and leave it on the carpet overnight. There is no need to rinse the area as the hydrogen peroxide degrades quickly when exposed to light. Use a dry cloth to blot up excess moisture.
  4. Repeat as many times as necessary to remove the stain completely. Use full-strength hydrogen peroxide to treat particularly tough stains. However, test the peroxide on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it won't discolour your carpet. If the carpet changes colour, consider hiring professionals, such as carpet cleaning Acton, to remove the stain instead of using the peroxide and damage your carpet permanently.


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