We’ve all dealt with them; nobody likes to deal with carpet stains, but unfortunately, they’re a part of life, and if you have kids, you’re probably battling carpet stains much more often than you would like!
Fortunately, there is a way to remove virtually any type of stain you can think of, and it’s much easier than most people would think! It doesn’t matter if the little one spilt the bottle of grape juice or if Fido left a present – there is a way to clean it.
What You Must Know
Before you start cleaning any carpet stains, there are some things you need to know. When you want to remove a stain, you need to blot the spot and dry it, working from the outside in. Next, rinse thoroughly with some clean water and blot again.
You don’t want to scrub the carpet because you run the risk of ruining the actual carpet fibers. You also don’t want to allow the stain to soak into the carpet. Below, you will find specific cleaning advice for different types of stains that you’re bound to end up cleaning.
These are probably the most common types of stains. Milk, jelly, ice cream, gravy, food dyes, excrement, colas, berries, washable ink, mud, berries and alcoholic beverages can cause water-soluble stains.
To clean this type of stain, you can use a simple cleaning solution, which might consist of 1/4th of a teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar, mixed with about 32 ounces of water.
Special Water-Soluble Stains
Wine, vomit, tea, mustard, coffee, chocolate and blood are great examples of special water-soluble stains. Although not as common as typical water-soluble stains, these stain need to be removed quickly. These stains are quite easy to clean.
You can use 1 tablespoon of ammonia and mix it with about 1 cup of water. However, you shouldn’t use this cleaning solution on wool-blend or regular wool carpet. For these types of carpeting, you should use some water and mild detergent.
If the ammonia and water doesn’t do the trick, then you can try a solution that contains five parts water and one part chlorine bleach. However, this chlorine solution should only be used on solution-dyed carpets, which is something like polypropylene. It’s possible for bleach to harm certain types of carpet, so before using a solution containing bleach, you need to know exactly what type of carpet you have.
How to Remove Wax, Oil and Fat
Although these stains are a bit rarer than others, these are some of the worst. If you’ve ever had candle wax or something similar drip onto your carpet, then you probably know how this feels.
To remove fat, wax or oil, you can place a paper towel over your carpet and use an iron on the ‘warm’ setting. The oil, fat or wax will stick to the paper towel, so you can just remove the paper towel and throw it away.
What About Cigarette Burns?
If you smoke cigarettes in your home, cigarette burns on the carpet are inevitable. However, you can remove these burns with the flat surface of a dull knife or something similar. All you have to do is gently rub the pile of burned carpet fibers.
If you have kids, then you’ve probably had glue stains on your carpet. Most people would assume that glue is impossible to remove from carpeting – after all, it is glue!
However, glue can be removed with a moistened cotton ball or soft cloth. You need to moisten the cloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and press it against the glue stain. The glue will moisten and become easily removable.
How to Remove Gum and Wax
You can use ice to freeze gum or wax and shatter the ‘stain’ with a blunt object. Once you’ve shattered the gum or wax, you can vacuum up the small pieces.
To remove nail polish, simply use a cloth or cotton ball moistened with nail polish remover. This is a list of the most common types of carpet stains and how to remove them. See, it’s really not as scary as you might’ve thought.