Stain Removal in Carpet – Stain Removal Help

Hello everyone… It’s been a while since I posted some helpful tips to add to your arsenal of auto upholstery repairs on your blog.

So, I would like to introduce a little about carpet stain removal. This leaves me with many questions on how to remove pesky brown, black or red stains from the car interior carpets that I work on daily.

Tactics aren’t really tactics, they’re timing and knowing when and where to use them. 

Catching spills before they set in is the best defense against carpet stains. If you spill something, soak it up as soon as possible, and wash it off with water or a towel. But this is not always the case, and this little guide will definitely help, so that you can clean up any spills as quickly as possible, if you have time, and it will help to remove the real mess.

One of the most common stains I see on cars are foot prints and nasty slippery shoe skids. 

Greaser is the answer from whitecolourblack. There are various options you can use in this situation, but I’m here to make it as simple and effective as possible, just 1/4 ounce of soap mixed with warm water in a small bowl. Dip a brush in the soap and water at the rate of soap per gallon of water and scrub gently with the brush. Wipe the area with a towel to remove dirt, grime, and water, repeating as needed. You don’t want it to turn sour after soaking. If you have a bad one and want to dry it out more, put a fan in the car.

You may need something a little stronger to remove more grease than that. I use purple castrol superclean. I use Simple Green occasionally and have used some products from some detail shops that I frequent, so any good degreaser will work. After scrubbing, pat dry with a towel. Washing the area with as much water as possible will remove chemicals from the carpet and preserve the carpet’s natural appearance. Damage may occur.

Soda pop, coffee stain, another common stain. 

Now he might get a booger. Leftover coffee stains can permanently damage the carpet, and in some cases the carpet may need to be painted to cover the stain. Get the stain as soon as possible and wash off the grease as usual with mild soap and water, but you will need to soak it. It will take some time to remove. You can try it and use it as a mild bleach. Pour it into a cup, scrub the stain with a toothbrush, let sit for 20-30 minutes, and rinse with soapy water. It comes in a spray bottle and is basically a peroxide mixture that works well, but still isn’t a miracle worker. Coffee is a hassle, but with a little luck and time, you can pull it off. Soda pops can usually be treated with warm water and soap unless they are orange or red.

Food stains on your carpet can range from greasy french fries to dried ketchup, jelly beans, and candy. Most of these can be treated with soap and water. Ammonia can be added to the solution for cutting fatty foods. Remove debris with a sharp knife before soaking. This will prevent the stain from spreading further. The candies may take a little longer due to the added color dyes. Wash and remove as much candy as possible. If the stain remains, try peroxide. Gum is another candy that can be mostly removed by disposal, but the residue can carry small amounts of chemicals. Goof off is great to have on hand for a variety of uses, but it’s also great for gum. Once you’ve picked most of it off, use a towel to remove the stickiness and wipe off the rest.

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