It is cold and flu season and many have already felt the affects. Sometimes we don’t realize that other things are affected by the flu or cold season as well. What could that be, you might ask? Well, sometimes our carpets are indirectly affected. For those who have spilled or even discovered cough syrup or medicine stains on your carpet or upholstery, Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning will share how to remove these stubborn stains out of both your carpets and upholstery.
General Carpet & Upholstery Stain Removal Tips
Before you get started, keep some basic rules in mind. When water is used it’s best to always use distilled water and not tap. Tap water is filled with minerals and can leave behind white ring stains, especially on upholstery. When cleaning with a cloth, always use a white cloth. Colored cloths can bleed dyes into the carpet or upholstery. Lastly, never scrub or rub at a stain. Always use a blotting or dabbing motion. Rubbing can spread the stain even more. To clean both upholstery and carpet, use these following steps.
How to Remove Melted Cough Drops & Spilled Syrup Stains from Carpet & Couches
Step 1. Mix together 1 tbsp of liquid laundry detergent, 1 tbsp vinegar, and two cups of distilled water.
Step 2. Use either a cloth or sponge and dip it into the mixture and blot at the affected area. Don’t over soak the sponge or cloth. They only need to be damp. Again, do not rub the stain.
Step 3. Continue to blot at the stain. The cough syrup should begin to absorb into the cloth or sponge as you blot. You may need to rinse out the cloth or sponge as you blot. Continue to blot at the stain until the color from the medicine is gone.
Step 4. One the stain is removed you will want to rinse the mixture out of the carpet or upholstery. With a new cloth, dampen it with cold water. Once again blot the affected area. If some of the stain remains at this point, continue to the next step. If the stain is gone, then blot dry with a dry cloth.
Step 5. For more stubborn stains, take a fresh cloth dampened with either rubbing alcohol or a mixture of 1 tbsp of cold water and 1 tsp of non-chlorine bleach. Next, use a sponge or cloth and blot at the stain with either cleaner. Note: some upholstery may be sensitive to the non-chlorine bleach, so make sure to read the upholstery label before use.
Step 5. Once again rinse the affected areas once the stain is removed. Only use distilled cold water when rinsing. With a dry cloth blot the areas to absorb the moisture out of the carpet or upholstery. You can use fans to help the area dry faster.
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Cough syrup and other similar medicines can become very difficult to remove if left unattended. It’s much easier to remove the stain as soon as it occurs. If you need help removing stubborn stains or you’re in need of a deep carpet or upholstery cleaning, Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning can help. We can clean your carpets, upholstery, tile, hardwood floor, mattresses, air ducts, and so much more. Contact Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning to schedule our valuable services today.