Carpets are a blessing when it comes to avoiding cold floors and houses. But when it comes to removing stains, some consider them stressful.
One of the biggest complaints by carpet owners is blood stains. When you need to remove blood from a carpet, know that it is possible. No stain is too tough to remove with the right tools and some old-fashioned elbow grease.
Steam cleaning is one of the most potent cleaning methods for your carpets. Many experts recommend that households with children opt for a steam cleaning service every nine months. When you have pets, the frequency is increased to about every six months.
Let us walk you through the most stubborn carpet stains and how you can remove them.
Pets do have accidents, and sometimes it is unavoidable. When it comes to animal accidents, remember to blot. Even though rubbing the stain is tempting, it won’t help you.
Getting to these mishaps as soon as possible will make your job much more manageable. You want to start with removing any liquids (or solids). Use a wet-dry vacuum to pull up any remaining fluids.
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the area generously. Then it is time to get your paper towels to blot the spot.
If the stain has set, start with a one-to-one vinegar water mix (a few times), followed by a plentiful sprinkling of baking soda to remove any odor.
Blot up as much coffee as possible. Then, combine 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap, 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar, and 2 cups warm water.
Blot the stain with the vinegar mixture using a clean, white cloth. Apply a small amount at a time, blotting with a dry cloth until the stain is gone.
Red Wine Stains
Many people use club soda and blotting as a counteractive measure of red wine stains. While this may work as soon as the spill happens, what if you are late to catch the mess?
Lukewarm water (about two cups), a tablespoon of hand dishwashing soap, and a tablespoon of white vinegar should do the trick. Pour a little onto the stain, frequently blotting until the stain disappears, using only white cloth to prevent color from the fabric from leaking into your carpet.
Oil Or Grease
The insoluble nature of grease makes it harder to remove than most other types of stains. Getting the job done is no easy task.
Remove excess oil as carefully as possible so you don’t spread the mess. You can then sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbents over the stain to absorb it. Vacuum after it has stood for 10 to 15 minutes.
If that doesn’t work, try using the same method to remove the red wine stains above.
Unfortunately, stains can be a pain, but there is good news: effective solutions. It’s essential to treat stains as soon as possible with the right products and techniques.