***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
With back to school season here, I am getting a lot more stains as well. Paint, crayon ground into the carpets, mud tracked into the house that my son picked up during gym glass...And then there are the "mystery stains" that cannot easily be identified. (Those are the worst!)
I have tried many stain removal methods, and have found lots that are quite effective. So when I got the chance to try Chem-Dry Carpet Stain Extinguisher, I had pretty high hopes. After all, Chem-Dry is the world's leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service, so a product that consumers can use at home sounded very promising. Not to mention that this product is supposed to be very quick-drying.
About Chem-Dry :
And yes, they now have retail products available that anyone can use! There are stain removers, products to combat grease and oil, yummy smelling carpet deodorizers, and even pet odor extinguishers.
Here are some great back to school stain removal tips from the folks at Chem-Dry:
· Crayons. Vacuum all crayon particles out of the area. Remaining small crayon bits that have adhered to carpet fibers can be removed by placing a brown paper grocery bag over the area and applying a heated iron to the bag for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat as needed.
· Watercolors. Using a paper towel, blot the stain with warm water, pressing gently to draw up as much paint as possible. Next, mix 1/8 cup of ammonia with one cup of cold water in a spray bottle and spray the solution over the stain, letting it sit for two to three minutes. Blot up more of the watercolor stain with fresh paper towels. Then, mix one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of water in a spray bottle and spray the stain. Blot the final traces of the paint with fresh paper towels. Finally, rinse the soap out of the carpet with tap water and dry the area with a white towel.
· Mud. Don’t be too quick to scrub the stain. Instead, allow the mud to dry and then vacuum the area. Next, mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of water and use a white cloth to gently dab the spot repeatedly until the stain is gone.
· Juice Box. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand washing detergent with two cups of warm water. Using a sponge, blot the juice stain to remove as much of the liquid as possible, then spray the area with lukewarm water and blot the stain again by applying pressure. If the stain persists, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water and sponge the solution into the carpet, blotting the area until the juice stain disappears. Follow by sponging with cool water, then blot dry.
Our Review of Chem-Dry Carpet Stain Extinguisher :
The spot in the photo below? Well, I am not entirely sure of its origin. It may be a pet stain, or mud, or food....It's one of those mysterious stains that just sort of showed up, and no one claimed ownership of it.