5 Common Carpet Stains & How To Remove Them Yourself.
"Carpets might feel nice when you’re walking around on them, but when it comes to stains… not so nice. Nobody likes a carpet full of stains. I’m going to walk you through five of the most common carpet stains and I’m going to show you how to remove them them yourself.
Before We Get Started!
Here are a few quick pointers before we get into the stain removal tips. First of all, there are different kinds of carpets, so find out what kind of carpet you have before you actually start cleaning it – that way you can take any special cleaning instructions into consideration.
Also, an important point here – any stain solution you’re trying, you always want to check it in an hidden area first to see how it affects your carpet. If you have a big stain in the middle of your room, you don’t want to use something that might permanently damage the carpet, so go find a little corner and test it over there.
A couple other things to keep in mind: 1) don’t use too much product, it’s so hard to get out liquid from carpets, so use as little as possible, and 2) don’t scrub or rub, always use a patting or blotting motion.
Finally, if it is a really stubborn stain, you can always bring in a carpet cleaning professional – they have equipment and products that you don’t have , and they can really do wonders on carpet stains!
Anyone with animals has had them have accidents on the carpet. What I’ve learned over the years is that blotting is SO important! Get a roll of paper towels and just pressing down, lift up, get a new piece of paper towel, press down, lift up, a new piece of paper towel… you get the idea. You want to suck up as much of that urine as possible, and remember, don’t use the same piece of paper towel each time.
Once that’s done, just mix up a solution of equal parts, white vinegar and water. Put that in a spray bottle and mist it over the area, then, start blotting it up with clean paper towels. You want to repeat this several times so that you really lift out as much as you can and get rid of that odor.
Let’s say you didn’t see when it happened, but you certainly smelled it a few days later. What you can do is apply the process I’ve explained above with the vinegar and water solution, then, once you’ve done that a bunch of times, you can sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit. Baking soda is a great for absorbing odor and when you let it set for about 24 hours it’s going to do its work in terms of getting rid of those odors. You’ll also likely see some yellow stuff come up too – perfect. Now, you can scrape it up and then vacuum.
Oh no, you spilled your coffee! Now you’ve got a cleanup job on your hands. Well, the first thing to do, obviously, is to blot , get out your paper towels and just blot up as much coffee as you can from the carpet.
Then get yourself a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and fill a clean spray bottle with it. Get yourself some old towels – preferably white towels – (If they’re colored you run the risk of dye transfer, and you don’t want that!).You’ll also need a steam iron (and make sure that it’s full so that you have a lot of steam) and a large bowl of water.
How To Remove The Stain
- Start by spraying the hydrogen peroxide over the coffee stain.
- Take a towel, dunk it in the water, wring it out and lay it on top of the stained area.
- Take your steam iron (on full steam) and just put it down on that towel right over the stain and let it do its thing for about 15 to 20 seconds.
- Once that time is up, remove the towel (you should see some of the coffee in the white cloth) and then get a fresh towel and repeat steps 1 – 3.
You might have to do this 15 or 20 times but the stain will come up.
A couple of warnings – first of all, make sure that you test hydrogen peroxide on your carpet before you attempt this. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain surfaces. Second, make sure that the heat setting on your iron is appropriate for the task that you’re doing. You guys know your iron, you know what’s going to burn something and what’s going to be okay, so make sure that you use the appropriate setting.
No one wants a blood stain on their carpet and thankfully, there’s a quick solution to get rid of it, but keep in mind, because this one has a little bit of soap in it, you don’t want to go over the top! You need to be really careful with how much product you use.
In a small container, mix up two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. . Stir that up and start applying it gently to the stain then let it sit for a couple of minutes. The hydrogen peroxide is going to need some time to do its work. Next, take a clean cloth and blot the stain, re-apply and repeat. Remember – we’re not rubbing, we’re just pressing hard, blotting and repeating.
Once the blood stain is gone you need to use clean cold water and a clean towel to flush the area clean to remove any of that soap or else you’re going to get a ghost stain from the soap.
Red Wine Stains
One of the toughest carpet stains you can get is a wine stain. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to clean it. As usual blot up as much as you can with paper towels or an old white towel and then simply add some club soda, not a ton, just enough to cover the stain. The bubbles are going to help break the stain away from the carpet fibers and allow you to lift the stain out. Blot up the club soda and repeat as necessary.
Gum isn’t technically a carpet stain but I am going to include it anyway. There’s a pretty simple thing that you can do to get rid of this sticky mess. First , get an ice pack. That’s right! Get some ice and put it in a Ziploc bag. Put it on top of the gum and let the gum freeze. You might need to leave it for 15 minutes or you might need to leave it for an hour and change out the ice pack. The gum can’t just be cold, it has to be frozen.Once it’s frozen, you can use your fingers or an object like a butter knife and just start to pick up that frozen gum. It’ll sort of chip off – and you can throw it away. You might be left with a little stain behind but that’s something that you can easily clean with that hydrogen peroxide, dish soap solution that I just told you about for blood.
Stains are definitely a pain but the good news is there are solutions, and they do work."