From food and drink spillages to children unleashing their inner artistic skills, your floor can be subject to a variety of stains and scrapes. Whatever the case may be, we want to make sure you are armed with the right tools to get your floor looking as good as new after an accidental hiccup. To prevent a stubborn stain from ruining your signature floor, follow these tips on how to remove stains for different flooring types:
Although removing a carpet stain might seem like an impossible task, fear not. The important thing to remember with carpet is to blot rather than scrub to avoid rubbing the stain further into the fibres. Water mixed with mild detergent or white vinegar should remove the majority of food stains plus ink and paint. Rinse the area with water afterwards and repeat if necessary. Finish by using a paper towel to blot dry. Avoid using bleach especially on wool carpets as this can harm and discolour them.
Renowned for it’s easy maintenance, laminate spills are quick to clean if you tend to them straight away. A paper towel or well-wrung cloth is usually enough to remove a liquid spill. If the stain is stubborn, try dampening a cloth with a few drops of vinegar mixed with water and rub the affected area. For scuff marks, an eraser can be used to rub away most of the marks followed by the water/vinegar solution.
Water damage is the main thing to avoid with laminate so ensure the area is thoroughly dry after cleaning.
For general stains on vinyl floors, start with a splash of dish-washing liquid mixed with water and use a sponge to rub the affected area. If the stain remains, try swapping the washing-up liquid for ammonia and diluting with water. It is important to rinse with clean water afterwards and dry thoroughly. Avoid harsh cleaners and scrubbers as this will likely cause more damage.
With liquid spills on wood flooring it is important to act quickly to prevent the spill seeping into the planks. For food stains, try the dish-washing liquid and water solution and rub the area with a soft, damp cloth. Another common stain remover is a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide and placed on the affected area for several hours to draw the stain out. Check with your flooring manufacturer before tackling wood floor stains as species and finishes can react differently to products.
If you are using chemicals to remove stains, it’s a good idea to test it in a hidden space such as underneath furniture to make sure there is no discolouration left by the cleaner. You should always check the products are recommended for your floor and finish as this will vary between households. If in doubt, call our professionals at Floormania for further guidance on stain removal.