Carpet stains at work can be a real pain to deal with, but they happen. While you can’t prevent the office carpet from getting the occasional stain, you can make cleanup easier and more effective when you know the right technique. Here are the most common workplace carpet stains and how to remove them.
For best results, try to get to a coffee spill as quickly as possible, when it is still wet. Press a paper towel or a dry cloth onto the affected area to absorb as much coffee as you can. Mix up a solution of water, vinegar, and gentle dish detergent, then spray it directly onto the stain. Let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes, then use a clean, damp cloth to gently blot the area. The coffee stain should come right up.
Ink is a notoriously tough stain to get out, and a common one in offices. If a pen leaks onto the carpet, isopropyl alcohol can help you remove the stain. Apply some isopropyl alcohol to a clean, dry cloth, then use the cloth to dab (do not rub) it onto the ink stain. Let the isopropyl alcohol sit for 5 minutes, then use a new clean, dry cloth to gently dab at the area to lift up the moisture and the stain with it. You may need to repeat this process several times until the stain is completely gone.
If you have an office dog or visitors who come by with pets, you are likely to have the occasional pet accident on your carpet. Don’t fret, you can get rid of that spot that Spot left! If the area has already dried, wet it thoroughly with a cloth (microfibre is best). Just dab the area with the cloth to wet it, do not rub. Then, mix a little vinegar with warm water in a spray bottle and spritz it onto the stain. This will help neutralize any odours and lift the stain. Let the vinegar mixture sit for a few minutes and then use your cloth to gently blot the stain. It should come clean.
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