You’ve been smoking or a previous resident of your home has been smoking and there’s built up tobacco odour in the carper, with nicotine stains and even some tar? This cleaning guide will aid you in removing these stains and the full extraction of the unpleasant odour.
If you’ve processed tobacco you’ll know how much tar the leafs of the plant have, it leaves a heavy sticky residue on the fingertips which is hard to remove. This tar substance is contained in the smoke which humans inhale for what ever reason, which partially sticks to the lungs. Once exhaled the smoke carries the leftover tar residue into the air and onto carpets and upholstery, staining them in a yellowish tint.
Dealing with nicotine and ash stains on carpets
While describing the process of ash stain removal, this method is also good for cleaning out tobacco and nicotine stains out of your carpet. You will need a stain specific detergent, something that can remove sticky residues and can focus down the yellow tint of the stain. Prochem and related companies have products that might help you with that, but before you get to use them you’ll need to remove the hard debris.
- Use some backing soda on the spot – apply thoroughly as to cover the entirety of the stain and all of the debris. Not only with the baking soda break down and neutralize some of the basic staining compounds in the ash, but also remove the odour that comes with it.
- Leave it to sit for about an hour then remove with a hoover – make sure to get as much out as possible. It’s recommended to use an upholstery attachment, a brush will drive the finer particles of the ash even deeper into the fibers. Use quick dabs with the upholstery attachment instead to remove all of the baking soda and ash debris.
- Take a spray bottle and measure out 30 parts water and 1 part of the detergent of your choice – carry out a test in a hard to notice spot to make sure no fiber damage or colour bleeding will occur. Use the misting mode of the spray bottle on the stains, try not to saturate the stain.
- Dab and blot out using a clean white cloth or a cotton towel – use a colourless piece of absorbent textile to make it easier to tell if the stain is coming out or not.
Repeat the process by blotting out until done or the stain no longer transfers, avoid rubbing as it will agitate the fibers and set the stain deeper into the fibers.
Ash stains and a wet spot look fairly similarly, so give your carpet some time to dry. Return to the stain and inspect, if there’s still some residue left over repeat the process. If the stain persists, you might have to call a professional cleaner, they have access to more serious equipment and detergents that can deal with the problem.
Most often they will use an enzyme compound along with a citrus booster to remove the smell of ash out of the fibers, as well as use an industrial vacuum cleaner to extract everything. Such materials are professional use only and untrained consumers are highly discouraged to use them without a consultation or the proper training.