With so many guests coming and going over the New Year it is inevitable that your carpets and soft furnishings will be subject to more spillages than usual.
The most important thing to remember is not to panic. Reaching for every different cleaning solution under the kitchen sink and adding them to the stain in an attempt to remove it could easily damage the fibres or fabric.
However, the spillage is more likely to be successfully removed if you tackle it straight away. Here’s how:
- Scrape up any solids into a piece of kitchen roll with the blunt edge of a table knife.
- Blot the area with a clean piece of kitchen roll to remove as much of the liquid content as you can – do not use a rubbing or scrubbing action and do not add any water until you have removed as much of the spillage as possible.
- Remove any of the remaining traces of the stain by applying a little detergent solution (half a teaspoonful of gentle (woollen) detergent to one litre of luke warm water), this can be applied with a piece of cotton wool, being careful not to over-wet the area and blotting with dry kitchen roll as you go.
If the stain persists then you would be advised to acquire professional assistance from an NCCA member.
The NCCA is an association of professionally trained carpet and soft furnishing cleaners. Your local member will usually be happy to give you free ‘first aid’ advice, on dealing with stains, over the telephone. If that fails then you may have to arrange for them to come to your home with some specialist treatment and equipment to deal with the residual staining.
You can contact an NCCA member by:
- Looking in your local Yellow Pages
- Call the NCCA office for companies in your local area on: 07763578051
- Or visit the NCCA website under ‘find a cleaner’: www.ncca.co.uk