The Best 10 Carpet Stain Removal Tips [Infographic]
As much as we may try to avoid it, we’re likely to get stains on our carpet from time to time. Whether you accidentally spill coffee on the floor when you’re in a rush to get to work, the kids spill juice when they try to pour it themselves, or your loved ones track mud into the house, carpet stains are bound to happen at some point. This is also true if you have pets who have “accidents” on the carpet or run into the house after playing outside in the rain or snow.
We listed below the top 10 techniques to remove common stains on your carpet.
Here are some helpful carpet stain removal tips that can keep your carpet in great condition for years to come.
1. The Detergent Solution Method
For this removal method, you use two spray bottles. One for cold water and the other for warm water and dishwashing liquid. Once you have a spray bottle filled with the right ingredients:
- Spray the detergent mixture on a cloth
- Rub the wet cloth on the stain
- Spray the cloth with cold water
- Use the cloth to rinse the detergent from the carpet
- Use paper towels to soak up the wet spot and cover the paper towel pile with a pot so the weight can lift more water from the carpet overnight
Remove the pot and paper towels and after that fluff the damp air with your fingers to blend it with the rest of the carpet fibers. Let it air dry.
2. Use Baking Soda
To freshen up your carpet, lift tough stains, and remove odors, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet a few minutes before you vacuum. Moreover, you may want to change your vacuum bag before cleaning the carpet to make sure your vacuum’s suction feature is picking up all the fine particles of baking soda.
3. Try an Enzyme-Based Carpet Cleaner
If you have a pet, your furry friend may leave urine or dirt stains on the carpet occasionally. When this happens, you can try a cleaning solution that contains enzymes. To ensure the cleaner is effective:
- Spray the solution onto the carpet
- Use a dry cloth to work the cleaner into the carpet
- Treat the stain with a damp cloth to rinse excess solution from the carpet
- Cover the area with the cloth overnight
Moreover, these cleaners are important for removing both stains and odors from the carpet so your pet won’t damage the same area of the carpet over and over.
4. Use Wine Away
Wine Away is a special solution designed to lift wine stains from the carpet. You should saturate the area and leave the solution on the carpet for a few minutes. Moreover, using a damp cloth, blot the stain –don’t scrub or rub too harshly. Once you can no longer see the stain, use a clean, dry cloth to remove the remaining solution from the carpet.
5. Try the Detergent and Vinegar Solution
A combination of warm water, dishwashing detergent, and vinegar is an effective carpet stain remover for getting rid of stubborn stains like coffee. To make this solution, you need:
- A tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent
- Atablespoon of white vinegar
- Two cups of water (make sure the water is warm, but not too hot)
Furthermore, dip a clean cloth into the mixture and dab it onto the stain. Apply the solution a little at a time and use a dry cloth to blot excess water. Repeat this until the stain is lifted from the carpet. Sponge the spot with cold water and gently blot the area until it’s dry.
6. Use Carpet Machine
If you have children, pets, or entertain often, you can use a carpet cleaning machine to maintain the appearance of your carpet. It’s best to purchase and definitely a worthwhile investment. It’s less costly than renting one regularly. Plus, you’ll have an on hand machine to deal with stains when it happen.
7. Use a Solvent
You can search your local grocery store or hardware store for a solvent solution that will lift stains from your carpet. Or, you can use non-acetone nail polish remover for stains that won’t come up with detergent or vinegar. Remember to use a little gradually until the stain is removed. This solution works on natural and synthetic carpet fibers.
8. Try Ammonia
Ammonia is a great way to get rid of urine stains and odors on your carpet. Also, be sure to dilute the ammonia with water before applying it to the carpet.
9. Ice Rub Method
If you’re trying to remove wax stains from the carpet, fill a plastic bag with ice and rub it across the stain to lift the wax. When the wax hardens, break it with a spatula and after that vacuum the particles. The objective here is to freeze the wax as much as possible so when it solidify it will come off easily.
10. Make a Solution with Fabric Softener
For cleaning maintenance and lifting dirt from carpets, mix fabric softener with hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid. You can also spray this solution directly on your carpets. Fabric Softener is not just a low cost product but is also non-toxic that deodorizes and softens the carpet fibers.
Removing carpet stains can be a hassle, but when you know the right solutions for getting rid of these marks, you can save yourself time and money while keeping your carpet in great condition.
This article was published by Tim Summers from NO1 Carpet Cleaning Melbourne. If you liked this article please follow us on Faceboook & Twitter.