Removing types of carpet stains

Removing types of carpet stains

When you spill a drink on your carpet, you may initially panic. The same can be said for when your beloved pet has an accident. Your heart stops, and your first thought is, “How will I ever get this stain out?” We’ve compiled a quick guide of different stains and how to solve them!

1. Water-Soluble Stains. Water-soluble stains include alcoholic drinks, berries, sodas, ice cream, mud, latex paint, and excrement. For these, dab the stain (never rub!), and use a simple cleaning solution made of ¼ teaspoon of detergent (non-bleach) or white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water. Let the solution sit on carpet for a few minutes, then dab to remove.

2. Other Water Soluble Stains: There are some special water-soluble stains that include coffee, blood, chocolate, wine, and vomit. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water, and dab at the stain to remove. This solution should not be used on wool or wool-blend carpets, so use a mix of detergent and water for those kind.

3. Fats, Oils, and Waxes: From candle wax to bacon grease, greasy or oily stains can be a nightmare if not cleaned properly. Place a paper towel over the stain, and gently iron on a warm setting. The stain should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.

Even if you don’t have any accidents, carpet should generally be thoroughly cleaned every 12-18 months. A professional carpet cleaner can be your best bet, but there are small things you can do to keep the carpet fresh during that time. Use 3 cups of borax and 1 ½ tablespoon of baking soda for a dry carpet cleaner.

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