Is a Berry Stain on the Carpet Really a Disaster?
Posted on Jun 7 2011 at 07:58:42 AM in How-To
Berries are so delicious and full of essential vitamins, but they contain a very strong pigment which causes terrible stains. But is a berry stain a real disaster? The simple answer to this question is: No, it isn't!
If you find a squashed berry on the carpet or just spill some berry juice on it, there is no need to panic and call carpet cleaning Wimbledon. Simply follow the tips listed below and you will most likely be able to deal with it yourself.
First thing you need to do is to react as soon as possible. Letting the stain stay longer will make it set-in. Take a clean soft cloth or rag and blot up as much of the stain as you can. Be careful not to rub because this will push stain molecules deeper into the carpet. If there is a large amount of berry juice on the carpet, you should try using a wet vacuum cleaner.
Spray some clean cool water on the stain and blot it up again. Change the towel or cloth you are using every time it gets too dirty. Repeat until there is no more berry juice coming out. Remember not to use warm water, because heating the stain will make it permanent.
If the stain is still there, try adding a few squirts of non-moisturising dishwashing liquid. Use the same method described above.
For extremely stubborn berry juice stains, add a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the water. Using the same technique repeat spraying and blotting up the stain. Keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide has light bleaching properties. Before using it on a brightly coloured carpet, try it on a small hidden spot to check the colour fastness of the fabric. If everything is OK, you can proceed with cleaning the stain.
If none of these measures work, you might have to ask for help some of the Wimbledon Cleaners. There is no stain they cannot handle. Just do this as quickly as possible and do not forget to show them the spot.