Removing Grass Stains from Carpet
Grass stains on the carpet can be a frequent occurrence especially if you have children and/or pets. Whether the source of the grass stain on your carpet is your kids, your pets or you after a day in the garden, one thing is true, removing grass stains from carpets can be a real challenge. Fortunately the grass stain removal experts at KickAss Vacuums have a number effective carpet stain removal products and tips that will help you permanently remove grass stains from carpets and rugs.
Why Are Grass Stains So Hard to Remove?
Grass stains are difficult to remove because they are made up of protein and organic materials. Grass stains typically include dirt, mud or other natural materials making them particularly difficult to clean and remove. Furthermore, grass’s green pigment is made from compounds like chlorophyll, xanthophylls and carotenoids which means grass stains are basically a dye. Finally, the compounds found in grass are very similar to natural fibers such as cotton and this encourages grass stains to penetrate and bond to carpet fibers. However Scotchguarded carpets do resist the ability of grass stains to bind to fibers which means your “grass” stain is mostly made up of dirt and other organic materials.
Tips for Effectively Removing Grass Stains
The most important part of removing grass stains (or any stain) from your carpet is to treat the grass stain as soon as possible, ideally while the grass stain is still fresh. The faster you treat a grass stain, the better your chance to remove it. Anytime a stain has a chance to dry and become embedded makes it very difficult to remove. KickAss Carpet Stain Removers can eliminate old grass stains but may require multiple treatments.
Next be sure to test KickAss Carpet Stain Removal products on an inconspicuous area. Today there are a wide variety of carpet materials (like suede or synthetics) which may not react well to stain removers so again, please test first. Also never use ammonia, a degreaser or alkaline detergents as they are known to set grass stains.
Removing Grass Stains from Carpet with KickAss Carpet Stain Removal Products
For best results removing grass stains follow these steps:
- Remove any grass, dirt or soil by hand or with a vacuum.
- Use a clean, damp paper towel or cloth to remove any excess moisture from the grass stain.
- Test an inconspicuous portion of the carpet to ensure that discoloring or damage do not occur to the carpet.
- Treat the grass stain while still fresh if possible (old grass stains can be removed but are usually more resistant).
- Allow KickAss Stain Remover to remain on the grass stain for at least five minutes.
- Gently blot with a damp, colorfast cloth or sponge until the grass stain no longer transfers to the cloth. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center of the stain. Do not rub the grass stain as this may damage the carpet fibers. (Note: If stain persists, repeat the process until the grass stain is removed or no longer transfers to the cloth.)
- Rinse and wip clean using warm water. Be sure to remove all of the stain remover solution from the carpet.
- After the grass stain is removed, use paper towels or colorfast cloth to absorb any remaining moisture. Use weights like a glass or ceramic object to help absorb. You can let them sit overnight.
- When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.