General Cleaning and Stain Removal Tips

Universal Stain Removers, Yes or No?

You can use an universal stain remover but you will hardly be 100% successful.

With universal cleaners, there is also the risk that the material looses its color or natural surface structure and such damages can be irreversible.

If you have a time and money to waste on professional dry-cleaner, do so. Invest a little time and money and you can expect much better results than with any household experiments. Professional dry-cleaners have the most suitable detergents and solvents and what is the most important, they know how to use them properly.

If you are really determined and would like to clean the stains yourself feel free to check out our mini-series of cleaning and stain removal how to´s.

When to Start

Immediately. All spots must be removed immediately after they appeared. There is no time to wait as if the spot dries or eventually reacts with other chemicals in the object (carpet, upholstery) like pet urine or sweat, you will never get rid of it.

Where to Start

I know that it will sound funny but to clean one spot I suggest you first make another one. The second spot should be made on some less visible part of the carpet (reverse), upholstery (next to the wall) or whatever you are going to clean. This new spot will become our testing center where we can try the efficiency of the cleaning agent.

How to Clean and Remove The Stains

Why are the stains so persistent? What is the secret I need to reveal to be able of cleaning them?

The problem with any stain is that the material that caused the spot actually is a compound of many chemicals of different matter.

Generally, these chemicals can be proteins, fats, pigments or some water-solvable substances. Each of these chemicals must be cleaned differently and also the order of cleaning steps matters very much.

The experience taught us that the most effective way how to get rid of such multi-chemical stain is to clean it in several phases:

  1. Mechanically (by hand or with a little help of your vacuum cleaner) remove all the loose particles like dust, clay, etc…
  2. Clean the fats;
  3. Repeat 1.) again to remove the new solid particles that were created during the process of the fats cleaning;
  4. Clean the proteins (low temperatures only, anything over 40 Celsius degrees is potentially dangerous as proteins start to coagulate which – again – makes our work more difficult);
  5. And at the end only clean the pigments.

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