Top 5 Carpet Stains
Let's face it, it is bound to happen to all of us at one time or another. You take every precaution to protect your carpet in hopes that no accidents or carpet stains will ever occur and compromise its beautiful appearance, and in an instant, a mishap occurs with a sippy cup of Kool-Aid, drop of blood, or your beloved pet that just could not hold it any longer. What do you do but panic and frantically reach for the nearest available cloth to remove the carpet stain? Whoa - hold on and take a moment before you treat the stain! There are many ways that you can remove carpet stains, but it is to your advantage to be educated and armed with some tried and true techniques and methods to remove the top five carpet stains that can present you with a larger challenge if they are not treated with the proper care when they occur. So take a deep breath, read on and that stain will be vanished before too long!
- Blot—don't scrub—the stain to remove excess liquid.
- Mix 1 cup warm water with ½ tsp mild liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn. (Dishwasher and laundry detergents can be too strong and leave residue on carpets.)
- Apply mixture to the stain, starting from the outside and working your way in. Blot with towel.
- If the stain remains, repeat steps 1-3, or try one of the following methods.
- If the stain is gone, rinse with cold water and blot.
First, don't scrub the stain, as this can make coffee stains soak in faster.
- Blot with a paper or cloth towel to remove extra liquid, but don't scrub it.
- Place mild liquid detergent on a damp sponge and gently rub into the stain in a circular motion. The stain should gradually disappear.
- If that doesn't work, apply a mixture of vinegar and lukewarm water using a sponge.
- Spray the stain with hairspray and blot with a towel. Do not scrub the stain; instead, just press gently with the towel.
- Repeat step 1 as many times as necessary until the stain disappears.
- After the area has dried, brush the carpet with a small brush and vacuum to remove any hairspray residue.
- Make a paste from baking soda and water and apply to the stain.
- Apply distilled white vinegar to the stain, enough to cover the area.
- Blot with a towel.
- Repeat steps 1-3 one or two times, but not more than that.
- Rinse with water and dry with a towel and hairdryer. Your carpet may smell like vinegar for a few days, but eventually, both the urine and the vinegar smell will disappear.
- Blot, don’t scrub, the stain with a damp sponge, starting from the outside edges and working inward. If the stain is dry, brush off with a toothbrush before sponging.
- Dilute club soda with water and then apply to the stain. Blot with a sponge.
- Repeat step 2 until the sponge no longer seems to be picking up any blood.
- Combine 1 part glycerin, 1 part laundry detergent, and 8 parts water in a spray bottle. Shake well. (This mixture can be saved for future use.)
- Spray mixture onto stain and gently scrub in a circular motion.
- Once the stain is gone, apply cold water and blot with a towel.