Top Tips for Stain Protection

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Reading, Earley, Woodley, Newbury, Thatcham, Wokingham, Caversham, Henley-On-Thames, Sonning Common, Marlow, Bourne End, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Bracknell, Ascot, Maidenhead, Eton, Windsor, Slough, Gerrards Cross, Stoke Poges, Virginia Water, Amersham, Chesham, Chalfont St. Giles, Chalfont St. Peter, Little Chalfont, Princes Risborough, Wallingford, Thame, Aylesbury, Great Missenden.

If you need to attempt a DIY approach
we hope the following tips might be of interest.

Stay Calm

  • Keep the fabric or carpet as dry as possible
  • Do not over wet, so as to soak into backing materials/underlay
  • Scrape up or blot up any excess spillage prior to treatment
  • BLOT/DAB as much of the spillage into white paper towels/kitchen roll or a plain absorbent cloth, (use as many paper towels as necessary)
  • Do not use inappropriate detergents on carpets or upholstery i.e. (washing up liquid, washing powders, household bleach, disinfectants.) These will usually cause discolouration or set the stain
  • Always work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading
  • Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent spotting material not directly onto the carpet or fabric
  • Deal with stains as quickly as possible for increased chances of success

Dried In Stains

  • Mix up a detergent solution of two litres of tepid water + a quarter of a teaspoon of carpet shampoo + one eggcup full of white vinegar
  • Rewet the stained area using the detergent solution applied on a piece of cotton wool
  • Blot using kitchen roll as above.

Greasy Stains

(i.e. chocolate, butter, lipstick, some oily food stains, some Inks)

  • Apply small quantity of surgical spirit to some cotton wool or cotton bud
  • Using the lightly soaked cotton wool apply to the edges of the stain working inwards to the centre
  • Gently press (blot) with plain kitchen roll, and repeat as necessary until the stain no longer transfers. Do not allow penetration into the backing of the carpet or foam filling materials on upholstery. Some fabrics may darken initially during this process
  • Using a detergent solution on cotton wool, dampen the area and follow up by blotting with kitchen roll
  • Dry, using hair dryer, continually moving over the damp area. (This will help to prevent water marking)

Water Based Stains

(i.e. tea, coffee, fruit juices, wine, some basic food stains)

  • Soak up spillage immediately using absorbent material, or suck up with a wet pick up vacuum. (Do not use a normal vacuum cleaner, as this can be very dangerous to you and damage the motor)
  • Rewet the area using tepid water on a small piece of sponge or cotton wool
  • Blot with dry absorbent material such as kitchen roll, and repeat as necessary
  • Dry with hair dryer keeping the dryer moving all the time, (this will help to prevent watermarking).

To discuss your stain protection requirements in more detail or to receive a free no obligation quotation, please Call Us on free phone 0800 1955 044 or fill the form.

What People Say

Very professional, knowledgable and efficient. Highly recommended.
Karen M.
Karen M.
20:49 23 Nov 22
Darren, Bailey & Tracy! What a fantastic team - superb work and awesome communication. Thank you for being so flexible on our moving day and for making our carpets completely spotless. 10/10 would recommend.
Jessica B.
Jessica B.
14:23 16 Nov 22
Very friendly, pleasant and easy to work with. Did a good job.
Jo G.
Jo G.
09:56 27 Sep 22
AbFab did a great job of bringing my tired slate conservatory floor back to life. Friendly and lovely people, too. Recommended.
John M.
John M.
11:44 08 Jul 22
Very happy with the service we received from AbFab
James M.
James M.
13:39 08 Jun 22
This the second time I have had the carpets cleaned by Darren and Bailey. They work so hard with huge enthusiasm .They are amazing and so are the results. I was despairing about the state of my sitting room carpet….dogs and more dogs over a 2 year period… but they got to work very quickly and transformed it. It looks almost new!I am delighted and suggest you look no further.
Deborah S.
Deborah S.
16:58 27 May 22
We enjoyed having a very efficient experience having our carpet cleaned from the friendliest of people.
James R.
James R.
18:13 17 May 22
I had a filthy rug that'd been down in a box room for decades, but seemed worth cleaning to assess its condition. AbFab immediately responded by text to my online enquiry during a Bank Holiday Weekend, provided estimates and arranged pickup the following week, provided further advice and additional services before returned the rug in spectacularly fine fettle the following week. 'Couldn't have found better, expert service.
Mark B.
Mark B.
09:34 17 May 22
I have used Ab Fab several times over at least a 10 year period and have been entirely satisfied with their work. Always professional, on time and able to respond quickly to requests. I would recommend highly
Yvonne P.
Yvonne P.
10:39 15 May 22
I would thoroughly recommend this family run business. Darren and his son are polite hardworking and do an excellent job. They cleaned and resealed our stone floor so that it looks like new .
Julia F.
Julia F.
15:45 09 Apr 22
This family run firm offers an excellent service. They got in touch straight away after I'd contacted them. The work they carried out at the property was done quickly and efficiently in a friendly and professional manner. I was extremely pleased with the outcome which left the carpets looking very clean and smelling fresh. Would highly recommend. Thank you.
Alison W.
Alison W.
10:53 13 Feb 22
Amazing service from the whole team! Extremely professional, polite, organised and efficient. Would highly recommend, look no further!! 5/5 ⭐️
Nicola C
Nicola C
16:56 11 Feb 22
Absolutely Fabulous Ltd provided an excellent service. They replied immediately when I contacted them.The work was carried quickly, efficiently and I was extremely pleased with our stone floors when the cleaning was completed. Our stone floors look like new.
Janet M.
Janet M.
16:39 07 Oct 20
Great job, great guys. Thanks.
Simon J.
Simon J.
09:05 03 Oct 20
Great response, great result and very prompt service. Darren was delightful and we were stunned by the cleaning quality. Our very pale cream carpet looked like new. We will definitely use Absolutely Fabulous again.
Christine H.
Christine H.
08:33 23 Aug 20
I've used this local family business regularly over the years to clean my carpets and rugs and have always been delighted with their service. I have recommended them to friends, and they were originally recommended to me by a family member who still uses them. Darren and Bailey work hard and effectively and are the friendliest of people. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else when I need carpet or upholstery cleaning done.
Alison H.
Alison H.
08:36 17 Aug 20
Thanks Darren and Sons - Once again a great job. My new house will look perfect once I move in next week.
Robin E.
Robin E.
22:22 14 Aug 20
Ab Fab came out to us in Henley very quickly after I spilt some red wine on our wool carpet. The stains were very quickly dealt with and our wool carpet looks good as new. Thanks guys.
Phil C.
Phil C.
08:43 28 Jul 20
Great service! Thank you so much Darren for making our settee look lovely again!
Ruth C
Ruth C
17:10 25 Oct 19
Brilliant service, fair prices. Have used them twice now, I highly recommend them.
Jill T.
Jill T.
12:57 23 Aug 19
Rather scruffy rug came back good as new. Would certainly use again and recommend. Many thanks to Darren.
Dawn K.
Dawn K.
10:22 16 Nov 18
Fantastic service, my carpets and now absolutely spotless and smelling amazing, I would highly recommend their services to anyone.
Rachel B.
Rachel B.
20:54 08 Feb 18
Great company. Have used before and would do again. Debated over buying new rug and decided to get it cleaned first and go from there. My large cream wool rug is now like new and no need to replace. Don't hesitate to use these guys... They'll prove worth it.
Juliet H.
Juliet H.
14:50 18 Dec 17
Darren and his team have cleaned my carpets and rugs many times and provide a friendly and effective service. They are indeed Absolutely fabulous!
Becky Cockman G.
Becky Cockman G.
10:04 16 Nov 17
Fantastic service from Absolutley Fabulous. Darren and Bailey were very efficent and managed to remove the stain from my cream wool carpet. Would highly reccomend!
Harry T.
Harry T.
18:54 26 Jun 17
Very pleased with the job done by Absolutely Fabulous. My sofa is looking like new. Very efficient and pleasant team.
Edwina J.
Edwina J.
17:19 28 Apr 16
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