Some Common Household Carpet Stains and How to Clean Them

carpetm 10 Sep 2013

While Carpet Cleaning Melbourne recommends that you get your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, we do realize that you can’t call us every time you spill something. That being said, here are some tips for getting out common household stains:

Stain: Red Wine
Remover: Salt, White wine
Method: The best way to get red wine out of carpet is to take some table salt and gently rub it into the stain. Then, take white wine and pour a little on the stain and rub gently. White wine neutralizes the red wine and allows you to get the color out of your carpet.

Stain: Blood, Chocolate, Ice cream, Coffee.
Remover: Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Method: Blot up as much of the liquid as possible without rubbing it into the carpet. Dab on the hydrogen peroxide and wait for one hour. Blot up the stain using warm soapy water. Spray on water and blot out soap with a cloth or paper towels. Repeat until the stain is gone. Make sure to test the carpet for colorfastness in an inconspicuous place before using hydrogen peroxide on it.

Stain: Chewing Gum
Remover: Ice Cubes
Method: Use the ice cubes to freeze the gum and then pull it off when it is frozen. Finish with warm soapy water.

Stain: Mixed Drinks, Soy Sauce, Ketchup.
Remover: Ammonia (1 tbsp in ½ cup water)
Method: Blot up the spill. Apply ammonia solution with a spray bottle, blot out stain. If needed, blot with warm soapy water and rinse with clear water. Repeat until stain is gone. Make sure to test the carpet for colorfastness in an inconspicuous place before using ammonia.

Stain: Beer, Cat Urine
Remover: White Vinegar
Method: Mix equal parts water and white vinegar. Apply white vinegar mixture with a spray bottle and blot until the stain is gone. If needed, blot with warm soapy water and rinse with clear water.

Stain: Makeup, Wax
Remover: Rubbing Alcohol
Method: In the case of wax, peel off what is possible. For the rest, lay down some brown paper on the stain and then go over it with a warm ion. Most of the wax will transfer to the paper. Then, using a cotton ball, use regular, one-direction strokes to gently lift the rest of the wax or the makeup out of the fibers. Finish with soap and water and rinse. In this case, the alcohol acts as a mild dry cleaning agent.

What you will find is that diluted ammonia, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol will get out many stains to the point where they aren’t so noticeable.  The main thing to do is remember to blot the liquids up and to not rub them in deeper into the carpet.  Avoid using cleaners from the grocery store because these products contain ingredients that will bleach and discolor your carpet.

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