Quick Tips for Cleaning Common Carpet Stains

Quick Tips for Cleaning Common Carpet Stains

by Heidi Estes, October 14, 2016

No matter how careful you are around your carpet, accidents are bound to happen. The secret to effective carpet stain removal lies in four factors; chemical, time, mechanical action and temperature. Getting the right combination for the stain can mean the difference between removing the stain and spreading it further. Below are some of the common carpet stains and what you can do to remove them.

Pet stains

Pet stains are typically accompanied with unpleasant odors so you require more than just cleaning the stain. Begin by cleaning the initial mess. For stool, wear gloves and pick it up. For a wet stain, blot the spot until the carpet is dry and the stain gone. Next, mix equal parts warm water and white vinegar and spray liberally on the offending spot using a spray bottle. Allow the liquid to set for a few minutes, and blot the area until it is almost dry and any stain gone. With the area still slightly damp, sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the area. Next, mix a teaspoon of ordinary liquid dish soap with half a cup of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide. Work the mixture on to the baking soda into the carpet fibers and allow it to dry before vacuuming thoroughly. This step helps to remove the odor.

Coffee stains

Start by blotting the liquid with a clean, dry cloth. Next, mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, quarter cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water. Spray the offending area thoroughly and allow the mixture to soak for 10 minutes. Blot the area with a dry towel until the stain disappears. Alternatively, there are cleaning products that you can use and are specifically designed to remove coffee stains. Simply follow the instructions on the bottle. It is advisable to first test the product on a small, non-descript area of the carpet to ensure that it won’t damage the carpet.

Blood stains

The most important factor in removing blood stains from carpeting is to work on the stain immediately it happens. The sooner you address the problem, the higher chance you have of completely eliminating the stain. Begin by mixing two teaspoons of grease-fighting dish soap and cold water in a spray bottle. Spray the offending spot liberally until the carpet is completely soaked. Carefully blot the stain using a dry, clean cloth or paper towel until dry, and repeat the process if necessary. The key to cleaning common stains is to get to them as soon as possible. Read the instructions carefully before using any commercial cleaning product on your carpet, and wear gloves for safety.

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