Removing Carpet Stains the Quick and Easy Way

Person Cleaning Carpet

As homeowners who have placed carpets in various areas of your home, you know that this installment has given you something more than just adding a personal touch on your floor. It is within your knowledge that these installments have helped improve your home’s environment in ways you never could have imagined.

Some of these advantages usually include:

  • Regulated air temperatures brought by insulation
  • Reducing in-home noise because of the carpet’s texture and material
  • Creates a soft padding for you children
  • Brings out the maximum comfort levels of a certain room

Now, because of these various benefits, you, as the homeowner, do your best to keep your carpets in tiptop form. Proper maintenance, cleaning, and inspection all help in increasing the longevity of your carpets; however, there are certain situations wherein you have very little control, and will need immediate attention after the damage is done – one example would be stains.

Why is it Important to Remove Stains Immediately

Wines, spaghetti sauces, and almost every liquid imaginable, are viable suspects for creating the most horrendous stains on your carpets. Why, you might ask? Because stains can be very difficult to remove and can cause serious damages on your carpets, especially when they are left to dry. In due time, these substances will weaken your carpet’s integrity, resulting in unsightly damages such as color runs, tears, and discoloration. Repairing these types of damages can get costly, especially when you decide to hire professional help.

How to Remove Stains Out of Your Carpet

Luckily, mending your carpets, after they have acquired stains, does not have to be expensive. By following these quick and easy tips, you will be able to save your carpets each time someone spills something over it.

Dab or Blot out the Stain Immediately

Do not give the stain any chance to dry. Using a paper towel, dab the afflicted area to stop it from spreading on your carpet. It is always wise to dab or blot, rather than wipe the stain off of this installment, because wiping it would not completely dry its surface and possibly spread the stain on its material.

Using the Right Method on a Specific Stain

Since not all stains are made of the same substances, using the wrong method can lead to a more disastrous result. So before the initial removal process, you must first determine what kind of stain you are facing.

Water-Soluble Stains

Examples: alcoholic beverages, berries, gravy, excrement, etc.

Create and use a simple cleaning solution made up of ¼ teaspoon of non-bleach detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 32 ounces of water.

Special Water-Soluble Stains

Examples: blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, etc.

Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water, but if your carpet has wool or a wool-blend however, use mild detergent and water instead. If the stain still persists, you can try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water. Remember, to use this latter mixture only on solution-dyed carpets, because bleach will harm the other types.

Fat, Oil, and Wax

Place a paper towel over the afflicted area before ironing it out. Make sure that your iron is on the warm setting.

Cigarette Burns

Gently rub the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife.

Glue

Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press on the afflicted area. Once it is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until it is cleaned.

Wax and Gum

Use ice to freeze the wax or gum then shatter it with a blunt object. Vacuum the pieces before they soften, and then blot the carpet with a white towel.

Nail Polish

Blot the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover.

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