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August 25, 2015

Back to school means school supplies. With school supplies comes projects, which means stains.

Here are some tips on how to remove stains from the most common school supplies:

Crayon

Hard Surfaces

• Gently scrap any excess crayon from the surface.
• Take care NOT to scratch the surface. This should be sufficient to remove the stain.
• Wipe with a sponge dipped in a solution of baking soda or detergent (not soap) and water.
• Rinse well and wipe dry.

Carpet

• Gently scrap what you can from the surface.
• Add a small amount of cleaner (to prevent damaging the carpet's backing) and blot with an absorbent pad.
• Continue until no more stain remains.
• If a stain remains, dilute with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 2 parts water and test on an inconspicuous spot.
• If the carpet is colorfast, apply the solution to the stain in small amounts, blotting well after each application.
• Allow to dry.

Ink

Hard Surfaces

• Do NOT grab a mop or cleaning rag and wipe. This can cause the stain to bleed.
• Do use a terry cloth to absorb as much of the stain as possible by blotting it up.
• When this is no longer allowing the stain to be removed, apply isopropyl alcohol to the area by blotting onto it.

Carpet

• Moisten the ink stain with either rubbing alcohol or non-oily hairspray
• Lightly blot the ink stain from the carpet with a soft cloth (you should start to see the color transfer onto the cloth).
• Once the area is stain free, dab the area with a towel dipped in lukewarm water.

Marker

Hard Surfaces

• Possible items to use: toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, hairspray.
• Cover the marker stain with the chosen product.
• Vigorously wipe the area clean.
• Repeat if necessary until the marker is removed - you may have to try different products.

Carpet

• Pour a generous amount of hairspray onto a WHITE cloth.
• Firmly dab the marker stain.
• Repeat as necessary until the marker stain is no longer visible.
• If hairspray doesn't work, try applying a generous amount of dish soap to a wet, clean cloth and blot the stain.
• The marker should start to gradually fade as you apply pressure to the affected area.

Glue

Hard Surfaces

• Bring a pot of water to boil.
• Place clean towels on the surface of the adhesive.
• Pour the water slowly over the towels, allowing it to saturate through the towel to the adhesive.
• Leave the towels in place for a few minutes and wipe the surface of the floors with the towels. The adhesive should be melted enough to be loosened.

Carpet

• Soak a soft, white towel in warm water.
• Apply the towel to the affected area of the carpet.
• Dip the towel into the water again and reapply until the glue has softened.
• Wipe the glue with a clean, dry towel after you can feel it has softened.

Also, be sure to check your flooring manufacturer's website to review a list of safe products for stain removal. For more floor care tips for your home, contact the professionals at Rite Rug Flooring

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Back to school means school supplies. With school supplies comes projects, which means stains.

Here are some tips on how to remove stains from the most common school supplies:

Crayon

Hard Surfaces

• Gently scrap any excess crayon from the surface.
• Take care NOT to scratch the surface. This should be sufficient to remove the stain.
• Wipe with a sponge dipped in a solution of baking soda or detergent (not soap) and water.
• Rinse well and wipe dry.

Carpet

• Gently scrap what you can from the surface.
• Add a small amount of cleaner (to prevent damaging the carpet's backing) and blot with an absorbent pad.
• Continue until no more stain remains.
• If a stain remains, dilute with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 2 parts water and test on an inconspicuous spot.
• If the carpet is colorfast, apply the solution to the stain in small amounts, blotting well after each application.
• Allow to dry.

Ink

Hard Surfaces

• Do NOT grab a mop or cleaning rag and wipe. This can cause the stain to bleed.
• Do use a terry cloth to absorb as much of the stain as possible by blotting it up.
• When this is no longer allowing the stain to be removed, apply isopropyl alcohol to the area by blotting onto it.

Carpet

• Moisten the ink stain with either rubbing alcohol or non-oily hairspray
• Lightly blot the ink stain from the carpet with a soft cloth (you should start to see the color transfer onto the cloth).
• Once the area is stain free, dab the area with a towel dipped in lukewarm water.

Marker

Hard Surfaces

• Possible items to use: toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, hairspray.
• Cover the marker stain with the chosen product.
• Vigorously wipe the area clean.
• Repeat if necessary until the marker is removed - you may have to try different products.

Carpet

• Pour a generous amount of hairspray onto a WHITE cloth.
• Firmly dab the marker stain.
• Repeat as necessary until the marker stain is no longer visible.
• If hairspray doesn't work, try applying a generous amount of dish soap to a wet, clean cloth and blot the stain.
• The marker should start to gradually fade as you apply pressure to the affected area.

Glue

Hard Surfaces

• Bring a pot of water to boil.
• Place clean towels on the surface of the adhesive.
• Pour the water slowly over the towels, allowing it to saturate through the towel to the adhesive.
• Leave the towels in place for a few minutes and wipe the surface of the floors with the towels. The adhesive should be melted enough to be loosened.

Carpet

• Soak a soft, white towel in warm water.
• Apply the towel to the affected area of the carpet.
• Dip the towel into the water again and reapply until the glue has softened.
• Wipe the glue with a clean, dry towel after you can feel it has softened.

Also, be sure to check your flooring manufacturer's website to review a list of safe products for stain removal. For more floor care tips for your home, contact the professionals at Rite Rug Flooring

August 25, 2015

New carpet for your home is a big investment - and sometimes it is hard to decide when it's the right time to upgrade. Often, it's not until after the new flooring is installed that you realize how much of a difference a new look can really make. When you are considering replacing the carpeting in your home, be on the lookout for these signs that it's time to upgrade your home.

1. Stains. If you've had carpeting for a while, stain-resistant finishes tend to fade. Professional cleaning may help, but sometimes stubborn stains may never fully go away. Masking stains with area rugs or furniture may be a sufficient short-term solution, but if you decide to change the look of a room or want an overall fresh feel, new carpet is the best route. 

2. Odors. With pets and kids, carpets can take a beating. Spills, urine and vomit may cause bacteria build up which can lead to bad odors over time. You may also notice odors from moisture in damp environments, like the basement. When odors are not eliminated after a thorough cleaning, the smell may have penetrated into the carpet fibers, in which case new carpet is the only way to rid of your home. 

3. Padding Problems. Carpet padding is the cushy surface below the carpeting that makes it comfortable to walk, sit and lie on. Sometimes when this is worn, it can cause wrinkles and unevenness in the flooring. Not only is this an eye-sore, but uneven carpet may cause people to trip. When the padding is in poor condition, it does not absorb the impact on the carpet as well, which can lead to faster wear and tear.

4. Outdated Look. Carpet can generally last for about 10 years. Your carpet may be in decent condition, but if it is a dated style or color you are no longer crazy about, it can impact the overall feel of your home entirely. Opting for new carpet will not only make your home feel fresher, but it will restore the comfort of your space.

5. Rips or Tears. Sometimes small rips or tears can be repaired, but when they are large and not fixable, they can be unsightly and hazardous to walk on. Again, area rugs or furniture covering the tears may be a practice short-term solution, but eventually you will want to replace the flooring - especially if the rips or tears are on the stairs. 

Replacing the carpet in your home can make a world of difference. If you are still on the fence about if it's the right time to update your look, be on the lookout for these signs that it's time to contact a flooring provider. 

For information on purchasing new flooring for your home, contact the professionals at Rite Rug Flooring

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

New carpet for your home is a big investment - and sometimes it is hard to decide when it's the right time to upgrade. Often, it's not until after the new flooring is installed that you realize how much of a difference a new look can really make. When you are considering replacing the carpeting in your home, be on the lookout for these signs that it's time to upgrade your home.

1. Stains. If you've had carpeting for a while, stain-resistant finishes tend to fade. Professional cleaning may help, but sometimes stubborn stains may never fully go away. Masking stains with area rugs or furniture may be a sufficient short-term solution, but if you decide to change the look of a room or want an overall fresh feel, new carpet is the best route. 

2. Odors. With pets and kids, carpets can take a beating. Spills, urine and vomit may cause bacteria build up which can lead to bad odors over time. You may also notice odors from moisture in damp environments, like the basement. When odors are not eliminated after a thorough cleaning, the smell may have penetrated into the carpet fibers, in which case new carpet is the only way to rid of your home. 

3. Padding Problems. Carpet padding is the cushy surface below the carpeting that makes it comfortable to walk, sit and lie on. Sometimes when this is worn, it can cause wrinkles and unevenness in the flooring. Not only is this an eye-sore, but uneven carpet may cause people to trip. When the padding is in poor condition, it does not absorb the impact on the carpet as well, which can lead to faster wear and tear.

4. Outdated Look. Carpet can generally last for about 10 years. Your carpet may be in decent condition, but if it is a dated style or color you are no longer crazy about, it can impact the overall feel of your home entirely. Opting for new carpet will not only make your home feel fresher, but it will restore the comfort of your space.

5. Rips or Tears. Sometimes small rips or tears can be repaired, but when they are large and not fixable, they can be unsightly and hazardous to walk on. Again, area rugs or furniture covering the tears may be a practice short-term solution, but eventually you will want to replace the flooring - especially if the rips or tears are on the stairs. 

Replacing the carpet in your home can make a world of difference. If you are still on the fence about if it's the right time to update your look, be on the lookout for these signs that it's time to contact a flooring provider. 

For information on purchasing new flooring for your home, contact the professionals at Rite Rug Flooring

 

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