Carpet Stain Removal
There’s lots of things to remember when removing stains from your carpet. The number one rule for carpet spills is to clean them immediately. This way, you have a good chance of removing it totally. Many common stains can be taken care of with natural ingredients. Here in this guide, I have given you natural and commercial carpet cleaning solutions for all your every-day messes.
1. Crayons and Glue Carpet Stain Removal:
If you have kids, then you might find mysterious crayon stains or globs of glue on your carpets. Both of these can be removed with undiluted vinegar. For carpet stain removal of crayon stains, dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the stained area. White glue on your carpet can be removed with a vinegar and water solution, just blot it with a sponge soaked in the solution. It that does nothing, you can warm up the vinegar and dab it on the stain, undiluted. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrape it away.
2. Grease Carpet Stain Removal:
An easy to pick up grease from your carpet; just sprinkle a little cornmeal down and leave it for 5 minutes. Then sponge the area with vinegar and water.
3. Brown Foods/Drinks Carpet Stain Removal:
Things like Cola, Chocolate, and Coffee can be removed with a vinegar and water solution. First, you mix 1 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water.
For chocolate, liberally sponge in the solution, but make sure to blot, not rub, to keep the stain from spreading. Continue to blot, rinse, and wring out your sponge until the water runs clear.
A coffee, tea, or cola spill on the rug should come up easily if you catch it right away, but if the stain is set, then you can use the vinegar and water solution to pick it up. Just sponge it in, then rinse and wring until the water runs clear.
4. Red Wine Carpet Stain Removal:
For any fresh red wine spills, sprinkle with salt and let sit for 15 minutes. The sale will absorb the spill and turn pink. Brush or vacuum the salt away, then finish it off by cleaning the spot with a 1/3 cup vinegar to 2/3 cup water solution.
5. Commercial Cleaner Tips
When natural products aren’t working, you can always try a commercial carpet cleaner. Remember these tips before tackling any carpet cleaning jobs. Before you start, test the cleaner in an inconspicuous place to make sure there won’t be any damage or discoloration. Remove as much of the spill as possible from the carpet before applying cleaner; make sure not to rub or you may spread the stain to a larger area. For spot cleaners, make sure to work from the outside of the stain in to keep it from spreading.
6. Potty Training “Accidents”
Sponge at the stain with a mixture of 1tbsp dish soap, 1tbsp white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat if necessary until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the sponge. If the stain is persistant, then carefully apply hydrogen peroxide with an eyedropper, and then apply a drop or two of ammonia. Then sponge with cold water and blot dry.
7. Blood Carpet Stain Removal:
Absorb as much of the blood as you can, then apply a solution of 1tbsp dish soap and 2 cups warm water. Sponge the stain with the detergent solution, blotting until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat until the stain disappears. If the stain remains, mix 1tbsp of ammonia with ½ cup of warm water and sponge the stain. Blot until absorbed, then go over the stain again with cold water and blot dry.
8. Gum or Wax Carpet Stain Removal:
To remove chewing gum or candle wax from your carpet, rub with an ice cube until the blob hardens, then just pull off the carpet.
9. Mud Carpet Stain Removal:
When mud is tracked into your house, just wait for it to dry and vacuum. For carpet stain removal of lighter carpets, if there are brown stains, then blot, do not rub, some club soda onto the stain repeatedly until the stain is gone, then vacuum once it is dry.
10. Mildew Carpet Stain Removal:
Mildew forms in your carpet is damp. This can be done a number of ways; your bathtub overflows, your roof has a leak, you spill something on the floor. It’s easy for a rug or carpet to have mildew, as they are very good at retaining dampness. You can kill mildew with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water. But you have to make sure the rug is dried thoroughly or all the effort will be in vain. If you can’t set it out in the sun, try using a hair dryer or pointing some electric fans at the spot until it dries.
Special Carpet Problems
When your carpet is burned, stained, or discolored, you could simply move a big chair over the spot and forget about it. Or you can use one of the following simple methods to restore your carpet to its original good looks.
Try touching up discolored spots on your carpet with acrylic paint. If that doesn’t work you can use a felt tip marker or permanent-ink marker of the correct color. Slowly blend the color into the fibers.
To raise depressions left in a carpet by heavy furniture, try steaming it. Hold a steam iron close enough for steam to reach the carpet, but don’t let the iron touch the fibers, especially if they are synthetic, because they could melt. Left the fibers by scraping the with a spoon.
For larger burns, cut out the damaged area and replace it with a patch that is the same size and shape. Secure it with double-sided carpet tape or a latex adhesive. For fibers that are a little charred, just snip the burnt part off. No one will notice that the fibers are a little shorter in one area.
Other Carpet Tips
Vacuuming your carpet regularly prolongs it’s life. It is suggested to vacuum your carpets once a week, and sometimes more in higher traffic areas. Go over a spot more than once, especially with plush carpet where it is easy for dirt to hide. Add baking soda to the bag to prevent odors.
One of the easiest things you can do to prevent your carpets from getting dirty is taking off your shoes at the door. This will keep you from tracking in anything from outside. You do still want to wear socks, though, as the natural oils in your feet attract dirt.
3. Removing Odors
An easy way to remove odors from your carpet is to sprinkle baking soda on your carpet. Leave it for 30 minutes to an hour before vacuuming. Baking soda absorbs odors and moisture. Try adding some lavender oil to further improve indoor odor.