Tulsa Area Rug Cleaning Professionals Discuss Common Area Rug Stains 

At Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, there is a process we use from start to finish on area rug we clean.  Like we wrote about before, the very first thing we notice when we inspect your area rug is the smell.  Are your area rugs holding onto any unpleasant smells? Your Tulsa Area Rug experts can help with smells and with stains.

After identifying smells that we need to remove, the next thing we notice as we inspect your rugs are any stains that may be present. Just like anything, and sometimes it seems everything, can stain your clothes, there are an endless possibility of things that could stain your area rugs.

You may be asking, “with so many things that can stain my area rugs, is there anything I can do myself to remove them, or do I need a professional area rug cleaning for every stain?” The Tulsa area area rug cleaning experts at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa have some helpful tips for you to use to tackle stains in between your regular cleanings.

Most Common Stain Types

The possibilities of stains on your rugs are endless. Food, drinks, art & crafts, makeup, hair dye, markers, pet stains, foot traffic stains, grass, construction…the list is truly endless.  It can be overwhelming to think of all the things that can stain your rugs! Here are just a few of the most common types of stains and what you can do yourself to try to keep them from discoloring your area rugs.

Pet Stains:

I think every single pet owner knows the frustrations that come with pet stains.  Whether during the potty-training stage of a new puppy, or an upset stomach of a cat with a hairball.  Every pet owner would agree that pet stains are likely the very most common type of area rug stain.  As frustrating as pets can be, we still love them and could not make it through life without them.  So thankfully, there are some methods and substances to use that can not only get rid of the odor associated with pet stains, but also help to remove any staining left behind on your rugs.

pet stain on an area rug

First, clean up the initial mess.  The sooner the better.  As soon as you know your pet has had any type of accident, clean it up! If there is solid debris from the mess on the rug, use gloves, paper towels or toilet paper, pick it up and dispose of it. If it is wet, just blot it up to soak up the moisture.  You don’t want to smear or rub the mess.  So just blot at it to remove as much moisture as possible.  Blot repeatedly until the rug is almost dry to the touch and the stain is gone.

If the stain as already dried into the fibers of the area rug.  Moisten it back up.  Then follow the first step.  You may need to apply some sort of carpet cleaning product that is specifically formulated for pet stains at this point.  Any over-the-counter product you get from a big retail company should work just fine.  The key point to remember when using any carpet product yourself is to be sure to get all the product up out of your rugs after you apply it.  Simply follow the instructions provided with whichever product you use.

Be sure to rinse really well!

After cleaning with the product, then use a towel dampened with water and go over the spot numerous times to make sure all cleaning product is removed.  If you leave product behind, you will make your rugs look worse over time.  Cleaning products left in the fibers of your rugs can actually attract more dirt and create more stains.

To help neutralize the odor from the pet stain, try using a mixture of one part vinegar to one part water.  Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it into the spot. Allow the vinegar spray to soak for several minutes, and then blot the area with a clean, dry towel.

Coffee Stains:

Another one of the most common types of stains that we see as your Tulsa Area Rug Cleaning professionals is coffee stains.  Coffee stains could discolor your rugs and leave them looking like an ignored pet mess.

A coffee cup spilled over with coffee on a white area rug

If you have spilled coffee on your area rug, the first thing to do is blot the area.  Be careful not to spread the stain.  Use a new towel if one gets too saturated.  And remember to not rub or smear, just blot.

After you blot up the spill, you can make a mixture of vinegar, water, and a gentle non-bleach detergent.  Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the stained area down.  Be sure to rinse all the mixture out of your rug and repeat if necessary.

Many big retail companies offer products that are specifically designed to target coffee stains.  You can try these products but remember to be sure to fully rinse any products out of your area rugs.  It is also a good idea to test an inconspicuous area of your rug first before trying any of these products.  Some of them contain bleach-like chemicals or even bleach – all of which could discolor your rug even worse.

Blood Stains:

Blood stains happen more often than you might think, whether it’s a drop of blood or a lot of blood. There is a lot of anxiety associated with blood stains on our area rugs.  However, blood stains are not as bad as they first may appear.  Just like any other rug stain, the quicker you act the more effective stain removal may be. 

blood drop stains on a white area rug

First, remember to always use cold water when working with blood spots on your own.  This is important because blood coagulates with heat. Cold will help prevent the blood from permeating deep into the area rug fibers.

Fill a spray bottle with 2 tsp. of a grease-fighting detergent, such as Dawn dish soap, then cold water and spray on the stain.  Liberally moisten the spot so that the whole stain is soaked. Then use a paper towel or a white, dry cloth to blot the spot so that the blood will be transferred to the cloth. Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary.  Be sure that all the soap is thoroughly rinsed from the rug or you will create an even bigger mess.

A good product to use on blood stains is OxiClean.  Because it is bleach free and has abilities to oxygenate with most stains, it is ideal for blood stains.  OxiClean instructions say to dilute with warm water, but cold water works too and is what you will want to use for blood stains.  But the diluted OxiClean onto the blood stain, blot dry, the rinse and repeat as necessary.

Removing blood stains may take persistence and a lot of work, but after several tries, you should be able to get the blood out.

Ink Stains:

Another common area rug stain is ink stains.  We all know how difficult and even damaging ink stains can be.  Some of them act like a dye and do have the abilities to permanently discolor your rugs.  But there are some household items you can try before losing hope.

ink pen stains on a white area rug

Dampen a clean white cloth with isopropyl alcohol (the higher percentage of the active ingredient the better). Then dab/blot the wet cloth on the ink stain.  Be very careful not to scrub or rub! You don’t want to smear the ink stain and spread it. Let it soak for a few minutes and then use a liquid friendly vacuum to remove the excess moisture.

You may need to repeat this process a few times.  Other household items may have enough of an alcohol content to work the same. Hairspray or nail polish removers are examples of other products that may work.   Just be certain that you fully rinse any of these chemicals out of your rugs, then blot or vacuum until completely dry.

It’s also always a good idea to perform a test run on an inconspicuous spot of your rug before putting chemicals down to be certain they don’t do damage to the types of area rug fibers you have.

Call the Tulsa Area Rug Cleaning Professionals

With all the many different types of stains that can affect your rugs, we understand if you want to try some ways on cleaning them up on your own.  But the best solution is always to call in the Tulsa area rug cleaning experts at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa. So many things can go wrong when trying to clean up a stain on your own.  We have specially formulated products that we use on your stains.

Additionally, we have the best equipment on the market that insures we don’t leave bigger messes behind.  We love putting our skills to the test when you call with your toughest stains.  Make life easier on yourself! Don’t fret about those stains.  Just call us today! We will give you a free quote over the phone.

And always remember, if you have problems with the carpets or tile and grout in your home or business, call our partners at Solid Ground Carpet Cleaning or Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa.  Either company will do the best job for you.