Lifting Latex Paint Stain from Carpet


Carpet Cleaning

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Most people would be right to point out that ninety nine precent of all paint stains never, ever come out. Indeed paint is hard to remove, after all that’s its purpose. Latex paint spills and spots are quite common, especially if you did one of those DIY redecoration projects.

Water based paint can actually be removed from the carpet, as long as the timing and method are correct. In all instances, speedy action is the make or break aspect of the stain removal process. Once the paint has dried up, then you are better off replacing the affected section of the carpet.

Here is a three-step latex paint removal scheme that works well on both natural and synthetic fibre carpets:

STEP 1 – Sponging the stain with cold water

-use a regular sponge to blot out as much paint as possible from the stained area;

-optionally, you can use an absorbent dry cloth;

-now soak the sponge in cold water, wring it and continue blotting the leftover paint;

Blotting paint is a meticulous, even painstaking process so be patient and take your time, it is for the best. When you decide that you have blotted as much paint as possible, move on to step two, explained below.

STEP 2 – Application of Soap or Paint Remover

Carpet Cleaning-mix one cup of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent;

-use a mild detergent in order to avoid damage to the carpet, paint will come off even when using a mild detergent;

-soak a sponge in the solution and dab away at the stain, remember to blot NOT rub;

-continue blotting until the paint has completely disappeared;

Alternatively, you can purchase a specially formulated latex paint remover which will definitely do the trick, keep in mind though that these chemicals are quite potent and will require you to use gloves, even goggles and a face mask.

STEP 3 – Soaking the Stain

Soaking the stain is a method used to lift larger amounts of latex paint from the carpet. This technique will only work if the stain is still wet. STEP 3 will require you to use an industrial grade wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

-while the stain is still wet, pour a large amount of fresh water over the stain; latex is a water based paint system so it will dilute.

-get someone to help you with pouring the water, or doing the vacuuming.

-pour water and vacuum the diluted paint as many times as necessary, in due time you will get the required results.

Window Cleaning – The Advice You Really Need


Window cleaning is hard work and takes a lot of effort to yield the required results and is a hard task for end of tenancy cleans.
 Some useful advice though should go a long way, and make your window cleaning experience a better one.

When cleaning your windows consider the following:

Window Cleaning-never wash windows with the sun shining on them because panes will dry too quickly and leave water streaks.

-when polishing windows, use horizontal strokes on one side of the pane and vertical strokes on the other side of the pane, this way you will know if one side needs extra buffing.

-when polishing window panes, use lint-free soft cloths or a chamois cloth, natural linen towel is also an option.

-if you are not allergic to newspaper ink, use crumpled newspapers to polish window panes, newspapers leave no lint and provide for more dust resistance.

Easy made window cleaning solutions:

-When windows are soiled and greasy, mix a quarter cup of ammonia to two litres of warm water and apply directly on to the pane.

-When windows are lime scaled and soiled, dilute a quarter cup of white vinegar in two litres of warm water and apply directly to the glass pane.

-When windows are heavily soiled and greased, mix half cup of ammonia with two cups of rubbing alcohol, dilute in one gallon of warm water and apply directly.

Technical cleaning advice:

Window Cleaning-When washing windows, wash the sills and cross pieces first;

-For cleaning touch ups, keep one of the above solutions in a spray bottle, ready to use;

-Use white vinegar in order to avoid water streaks, for scaling use undiluted vinegar;

-Cut glass can be cleaned using baking soda sprinkled directly on a towel, wash window with fresh water afterwards;

Seamless repairs you can do yourself:

Window panes do get scratched, scratches can be somewhat hard to see, but when they become visible they are a real nuisance. One of the relatively easy ways to touch up small scratches (not gouges) on the window pane is to use toothpaste.

Use the creamy type toothpaste, gel type toothpaste does not have the same properties and will not work.

Equip yourself with a microfiber cloth and put a small amount of toothpaste on it. Apply the paste directly on to the scratched area, working the cloth in circular motions.

Circular strokes ensure that particles in toothpaste fill the scratch from all directions. When you are satisfied with the result, remove excess toothpaste using dry rag and polish the treated area with a soft, no-lint cloth.