Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

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Upholstery stains on pH sensitive fabric cause unexpected things to happen.  For example, a client knocked a glass of white wine over, which spilled on her grey suite and in the morning the stain had turned red.

As expert carpet and upholstery cleaners with over 20 years’ experience we have been noticing for sometime that a number of manufacturers are using fabrics that are pH sensitive.  Which means they can possibly change colour if spills are either acidic or alkaline.  Another client peeled an orange and some of the juice went on the sofa, the result was a pink stain.

Baby Wipes & Upholstery Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

We see a lot of pH damage owing to baby wipes because they are slightly acidic.  When clients have used them to wipe a spill the colour change may not happen immediately, but it will over a short period of time.

Treating Upholstery Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

Can we rectify the problem of upholstery stains on pH sensitive fabric? The answer is yes, but.  Only if the client has not tried to remove the stain with another solution.  Because this will most certainly fix the stain into the fabric permanently.

Fixing Upholstery Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

Now, its time for a chemistry lesson.  To get the stain out is quite simple.  Because all you need to do is find the pH level of the stain and bring the level back to neutral.

For once something we learned at school has come in handy!  7.5 is pH neutral (water).  0 to 6 is on the acidic side and 8 to 14 is alkaline.  So, if you have a stain that is on the acidic side, say pH 5 the application of an alkaline solution of say 9 should solve the problem.

For Advice Pick Up The Phone Or Send A Message

We are always happy to give free advice, with no obligation. We always say it is best to call us BEFORE trying to treat the stain yourself. This is because if you use the wrong kind of cleaner on your carpet or fabric it may fix the stain making it difficult, if not impossible for us to treat.

You can buy what we use, our own brand Professional Spot & Stain Remover and Neutraliser, please call to order. We’ll make sure you buy the right product to get the best results.

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Carpet Stain Removal

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We all know that carpet stain removal can be difficult and scrubbing at a carpet stain is a definite no, no!! We’ll explain why this is and also tell you why getting rid of stains like chocolate and beer is so hard to do.

Carpet Stain Removal For Chocolate

Chocolate is made up of a number of ingredients and typically contains oil, grease, cocoa, butter, colouring, sugar and milk.  So, guess what? A single carpet stain removal product is not going to get rid of it.

This is what you need to do to get rid of a chocolate stain on your carpet or upholstery:

  1. Scrape as much chocolate off as possible
  2. Apply Knight & Doyle Professional Spot & Stain Remover and blot the stain, do not rub
  3. Alkaline spotter and blot
  4. Apply Tannin spotter and blot
  5. Apply enzyme solution and blot
  6. Rinse with cool water and blot until dry

Carpet Stain Removal for Beer

Just like chocolate, beer is made up of several ingredients.  These ingredients include hops, malts, alcohol, albumins and tannins.  So, it is very unlikely that you will be able to fully remove the carpet stain using just one carpet stain removal product.

  1. Blot with a clean, preferably white towel or kitchen roll
  2. Apply Knight & Doyle Professional Spot & Stain Remover and blot, do not rub
  3. Apply Tannin spotter and blot
  4. Rinse with water and blot until dry

Never Rub At A Stain On Carpets Or Upholstery

Blotting a stain is the only thing to do. If you rub at a stain you run the risk of opening up the fibres and driving the stain deeper.  You can also cause the fibre to burst which will make the stained area look different to the rest of the carpet or fabric.  This means that even if you are lucky enough to get rid of the stain the distortion of the fibres will be noticeable, and this cannot be repaired.

Advice From Knight & Doyle Is Free

We are always happy to give free advice if you have had a spill on your carpet or furniture and recommend that you call us before you try to clean up the stain with an off-the-shelf product from the supermarket.  We say this because if you put the wrong kind of cleaner on your carpet or furniture fabric it is much more difficult for us professionals to treat. If not impossible.

You can purchase our own brand Professional Spot & Stain Remover, please contact us to order.

Do’s And Dont’s Of Stain Removal

Stain remover that caused damage

In this blog we highlight some of the do’s and dont’s of stain removal on carpets and upholstery. We also bust some of the myths that we all know.  For instance home remedies like pouring white wine on red wine. As you will see, these myths could actually cause damage to your carpets and upholstery. And, while on the subject of myths, we will tell you the truth about the all-purpose stain removers you buy in the supermarket, especially the ones that say they remove 100% of stains, read on!

Because we are experts we give you the right information on the do’s and dont’s of stain removal on carpets and upholstery.

Do’s And Dont’s Of Stain Removal – The Myths

Myth: Pour White Wine On Red Wine Spill

Answer: Not effective – plus, less wine to drink! Most people swear by this one. They say that by pouring white wine is the best way to remove red wine stains. This is not effective all you have managed to achieve is possibly lightening the stain and made it bigger, plus you have already wasted a glass of red so why waste half a bottle of white! You will get much better results from hiring an experienced professional – we often treat red wine stains on carpets and upholstery with excellent results and you will save yourself half a bottle of white.

Myth: Rub The Stain To Remove It

Answer: Fatal mistake, rubbing at a stain will only increase the problem. Rubbing could cause irreparable damage especially to a carpet you run the risk of opening up the fibres and driving the stain deeper, you can also cause fibre burst which makes the stained area different to the rest of the carpet fibre and even if you are lucky enough to remove the stain the distortion of the fibres will look worse and can’t be repaired.

Myth: Use Washing Up Liquid, Dishwasher Liquid, Washing Powder

Answer: Please don’t – These products are a detergent using it as a spot cleaner will leave behind a sticky residue. As a result, your furnishings will get dirtier quicker. This is because it is designed to be washed away with a substantial amount of water – too much to use on carpets or upholstery if you don’t want to risk dampness damaging your furnishings! Also washing up liquid contains a colouring, think about it, we have seen furnishings damaged as a result of using red coloured washing up liquid.

Myth: Supermarket Off The Shelf Items Remove All Types Of Stains 100%

Answer: No, they wont. They can  make the problem far worse. If you ask any professional carpet and upholstery cleaner what their worst nightmare is it will almost certainly be “the client used an off the shelf product”.

The image above is a great example. A client used a well-known cleaning product and it caused black marks. The reason was the cleaner was foam based and not suitable for the fabric the furniture was made of.

Myth: Professional Spot And Stain Removal Is Expensive

Answer: Home remedies may seem like a low-cost solution for stain removal, but contacting a professional is the smart choice. Home remedies or ill-informed DIY can damage your carpet and upholstery, leading to a costly replacement which exceeds the amount charged for a stain removal.

Do’s And Dont’s Of Stain Removal – So, What Should You Do In The Event Of A Spill?

Act Fast But Don’t Panic

With any type of spillage, not just red wine, you should react quickly. Yes, you’ve made a mistake and wasted your drink, while ruining your carpet or upholstery in the process. But, by taking action before the spillage has chance to turn into an actual stain, you’ll be able to minimise the amount of damage it causes. However, it’s vital that you stay composed. Don’t act fast in a flustered manner. Instead, follow the tips that we’re going to provide you with, and you will notice a difference.

Apply Pressure

So, now you know that speed is the key factor, you’re going to need to know what to do with it…

Either get some kitchen roll, or get a white towel, and begin pressing on the spillage with all your weight behind it. Your aim is to try and soak up as much as possible, so that less is left on the carpet. Keep blotting away. At no point should you start scrubbing, just maintain the pressing or blotting motions. Once you notice nothing more is soaking up, grab a new towel again, wet it slightly, and press on it again. After doing that for a few minutes, and clearing up any excess, you’ll want to acquire a dry towel. Place the towel over the spillage, put something heavy on it, and leave it for a number of hours.

Know When To Seek A Professional

Check the stain, and if you can still see some staining then it’s time to seek a professional.

Is There A Product That Can Be Safely Used?

Yes, a number of professional carpet and upholstery cleaners have a general spotter that is effective on a number of stains, we in fact give these to some of our clients post cleaning, but most importantly they are safe to use on most furnishings. We also sell our our brand Professional Spot & Stain Remover. Ideally, you need to use our Neutralising Solution with it for the best results.

So to conclude, there are quite a few do’s and dont’s of stain removal on carpets and upholstery that it is well worth knowing. We hope this blog has been useful and if you do need expert advice on any kind of stain on your carpets or furnisings please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to give you expert advice.

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