Top Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Carpet Cleaning | 0 comments

Common carpet stains can be frustrating because of how difficult they are to remove. Fortunately, there are some tips to removing those tough stains and getting your carpet back to normal.

Kool Aid and other juices containing dye

Start by blotting the stain with a dry towel, never rub the stain because it will become more saturated in the carpet fibers. Next, fill a spray bottle with ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and water and spray on the affected area. Let the solution soak for about 5-10 minutes and then blot it with a dry towel until the stain is completely removed.

Coffee

Blot the spot with a dry towel in order to dry it. Using the same solution that is mentioned in the Kool-Aid removal can also remove the yellowish-brown stain of coffee in your carpet. There are also specific products sold in stores specifically to remove coffee stains, but always perform a spot test to make sure that no chemical damage to your carpet will occur.

Ink Stains

Begin removing ink stains by dampening a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol and dabbing it on the stain. Do not scrub or rub it because this could cause the spot to spread. Let it stand for a few minutes and then use a liquid-friendly vacuum cleaner to remove excess moisture.

Pet Stains

Sometimes, a pet needs a bath after it comes inside from playing. Pet stain removal begins with cleaning up the initial mess by using the blot method if it is wet, and using gloves if it is not. You can neutralize the spot and odor by mixing ¼ cup of vinegar and a quart of warm water and spraying it on the stain. Let the mixture soak for a few minutes and then use the blot technique until the spot is dry and the stain is gone.

If all else fails, you can always hire a professional carpet cleaner. Professionals generally have highly effective tools and methods that the general public doesn’t.

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