Carpet stains are the bane of a home owner’s existence. There are many different kinds of stains and not all of them can be dealt with in the same way. Some stains are more difficult to handle than others.
In this article, we’ll look at the basic means by which to deal with stains as well as specific methods for dealing with some of the more common carpet stains. By the time you’ve finished reading, you should have an idea of how to deal with any type of stain.
Carpet Stain Overview
Before we get into the specifics, let’s look at how a typical stain should be treated. First off, you should never scrub over a stain. Scrubbing a stain may work but it will damage your carpet. The best course of action is to take hot water and completely soak the location of the stain. For smaller stains, you may just need the water and that’s it.
For stronger stains, such as the ones below, you’ll need a mixture of natural cleaners to clear them out properly. Read on to learn more about the best methods for removing the following types of stains:
You might expect hard drinks to be difficult to remove from your carpet. Actually, they’re one of the easiest in our list. Simply mix a small amount of detergent (around a teaspoon) with a jug of hot water. You can use boiling water if you like but be careful not to touch it as you may burn yourself.
Let the water and detergent soak into the stain for a minute while gently dabbing at the spot with a rag. Once the stain has been removed, rinse out the area with pure, boiled water to get rid of the detergent.
The detergent you use should be free of bleach. If your detergent contains bleach it may affect the color of your carpet. An alternative to detergent is white vinegar. If you choose to use white vinegar, then add an extra tablespoon instead of just a teaspoon.
Wine stains, as many of you know well, are much more difficult to get rid of. You can simply use detergent and expect it to come out. The best solution we’ve found is to use the exact same method, but replace the detergent with ammonia. You may also need to add two teaspoons of ammonia to the full jug, just to make sure it works well.
As for the application, you should be able to mimic the previous one. Pour the mixture over the stain and dab at it with your rag.
Oil won’t come out with boiling water. A very different method must be used for it. Take a dry paper towel and cover the area where the oil was spilled. Place an iron over the top of the paper towel and turn it on. As the oil heats up, the paper towel will absorb all the oil and leave your carpet nice and clean!
You should still rinse the stained area with boiling water afterward. While the oil may have been removed there still could be some residue in there. It’s always best to be safe when it comes to the quality of your carpet.
Ink stains require an acidic touch to get rid of them. You could use the same method as we used for removing a spirit. I would recommend using white vinegar over detergent. Ink isn’t all that strong so any simple acid will do the trick!
What does one do when they’re bored with their nail polish? Why, they use nail polish remover, of course! The same can be said for a nail polish stain. Place a small amount of nail polish remover on a rag and dab at the stained area. The fingernail polish remover MUST be acetone free. Be sure to test this on a small area first to ensure it won’t change your carpet color.
You may need to repeat the process a few times but the nail polish should come out after a while. If not, try using more nail polish remover at once on the rag.
Any parent is fully aware of how to remove urine from your carpet. (Unless you’re an incredibly lucky parent) Unfortunately, not all are aware that washing out urine with plain hot water doesn’t fully cleanse the area.
Urine stains actually sift to the bottom of your carpet, causing minor wear overtime even after the surface area has been cleaned up. If you’ve noticed your carpet starting to smell after a few months then you now know why. (Assuming the smell comes from an area where you cleaned up a urine stain)
Even if you follow all of the above methods for removing stains, you should still get your carpet professionally cleaned every six months or so. A professional cleaning will make sure that no residue stays in your carpet.
If you want your carpet to last as long as possible, then adding this final tip to your plans ought to do it. Stay clean and stain-free, my friends!