When you buy a carpet for your home or commercial space, you think about the interiors and how beautiful they will look with your brand-new carpet.
What you need to remember here is that your carpet would require regular maintenance to look as beautiful as you bought them.
In an unforeseen event, you may spill some edible items and beverages on your carpet and end up with fruit Juice stains, dark-coloured liquid patches, vegetable stains, dried up juices and much more. You may worry about what will happen to your carpet after such a hideous spillage.
Well, worry not. You can work on spot removal with some commonly used and handy products in a straightforward way, just like professionals do.
Also, call professional cleaners if things go out of hand and the stain is enormous.
How to Remove a Fruit or Vegetable Stain from a Carpet
When you have carpet in the living room area, you may end up staining it with green vegetable stains, juices spills, food stains and more. If you work on them immediately, you may save your carpet fabric. But if you forget or miss them, they get dried up and become difficult to remove.
You can try what professionals recommend when you run out of time.
Let’s see what you can do to get your carpets rid of fruit and vegetable stains that ruin the carpet deeply.
● If The Stain Is Fresh, Blot It First
For fresh fruit stains, begin with blotting the fruit juice and the extracts from the carpet. Do not rub. Put the blotting towel or paper over the stain and press a little. Repeat till the juice gets transferred on the paper or the towel. This will take the excess liquid or residual out of the carpet fabric.
● If The Stain Is Dried, Scrape It First
When you have dried stains that you missed, scrape off the residual and clean the carpet from any solid waste from the fruit juice and vegetable stain. You need to remove the dried stain to make the carpet free from it, the stain visible and assess its severity.
● Pour Lukewarm Water
After there is a visible coloured mark from the fruit or red vegetable that causes a lot of damage, pour some lukewarm water to help it get loosened up from the carpet fabric.
When you use warm water, stains lose their hold on the fabric and become light. You can use blotting paper to soak the water and lighten the stain.
● Use A Mix Of Vinegar And Water
When there is only the stain and no residual, use a mixture of vinegar and water. Vinegar has natural strain-cleaning properties that make it a natural stain remover. Spray the mix on the stain and let it settle for some time. You can use white vinegar too, but before that, you need to clean the stain with a mild detergent to make it cleaner, and then put some white vinegar on it,
● Use Water And Baking Soda
Another solvent that works best on yellow vegetable stains is water and baking soda mix. You can put the paste to the stain directly and let it get all the coloured stain out of the fabric. The paste should be thick and settle on the stain to work correctly. It will absorb the stain and make the fabric soft and less tinted. You can repeat till the fabric gets clean.
● Use Dish Soap And Water
For fruit jam/ jelly stains, you can use mild or organic dish soap. Dish soap is soft and gentle on the delicate carpet fabric. So for less hardened and dried stains, you can use dish soap. First, remove the jam and jelly from the material with a spoon. Then directly put some dish soap and water mix on the area. Leave it for some time before you clean it.
● Use Carpet Shampoo Or Stain Removers
You can also use stain removers or carpet shampoos to be gentle on the fabric and get stubborn stains like cooking oil stains, dried vegetable stains and such out on the carpet. You need to use organic solvents to help your carpet stay safe from harsh and harmful chemicals.
● Let The Solvent Stay On For Few Minutes
No matter which solvent, mix, or paste you choose to clean the carpet, let it stay on the fabric for 10-15 minutes to have effective results. If the stain seeps deep into the fabric, you may need to leave it on it for some more time.
● Clean The Solvent
After all the stain gets absorbed and lightens, clean the solvent and the stains. You will see with the solvent, the stains also lighten. It is essential to choose only organic solvents as they should not bleach the carpet or decolourise it.
● Repeat If There Is Still Marks Of Stain
Repeat the steps of cleaning and washing if the stains remain. Do it till you see a complete fade-out. It is crucial to reduce the potency of the solvent with each clean-up. Don’t be harsh on the fabric by overdoing it.
● Wash The Area
After cleaning the statin, wash the stained area. Wash it with hot water if the stain is stubborn, and wash it with cold water if the stain has faded out completely.
● Dry The Affected Area
After washing the stain, dry the carpet. Dry the stained area and the rest of the carpet if water is in it. If the carpet or any part of it remains damp, it’s not suitable for its fabric.
● Deodorise And Sanitise To Neutralise The Smell Of The Stain And Kill Germs
In the end, deodorise and neutralise the carpet to make it smell good. If you want no germs from rotten fruit and vegetable stains, sanitise it too.
The carpet gets a new life after each clean-up. You can hire professionals to do it for you.
When the fruit or vegetable stain is too deep, call experts to safeguard your carpet fabric and prevent it from any damage.