How To Remove Carpet Stains

Some spills cause stains on carpets that are far more difficult to remove than others. For example, coffee, greasy food, muddy footprints and of course that notorious red wine spill can all leave permanent stains. But this does not have to be the case – using the right cleaning technique will prevent a stain from setting in and even remove one that has already left its mark.

Of course it is crucial to be aware that cleaning a spill using one of the methods mentioned below as soon as possible (which basically means immediately after it has occurred) will give you the greatest chances of success. Keep reading and you will find 4 details stain removal carpet cleaning tips below.

1. Treating Coffee Stains

Wet Coffee Spills

– Use a paper towel or absorbent cloth to blot away as much of the excess moisture as possible.
– Add one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishing washing detergent in 2 cups of warm water.
– Dip a clean, white cloth into the solution and then dab onto the spill.
– Alternate between the wet cloth dipped in the solution and a dry cloth to remove excess moisture until the stain is gone.
– Sponge with cold water to rinse and remove excess moisture with a paper towel or absorbent cloth.

Dry Coffee Stains

– Separate an egg yolk from the white and place the broken yellow only on the stain. Allow to dry.
– Rinse away with warm water.
– Follow the steps above to remove a wet coffee spill.
– If the stain is still not resolving, sprinkle some baking soda over the vinegar solution and allow it to draw out the moisture for a couple of minutes before rinsing and drying.

2. Red Wine Stains

Wet Red Wine Spills

– Blot the spill with a paper towel to remove as much excess water as possible. Alternatively, liberally pour salt onto the spill and allow it draw the moisture out of the carpet for a couple of minutes. Brush the salt away.
– Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish washing detergent in 2 cups of warm water.
– Dab the solution onto the stain, working from the outside in, and alternate with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture until the stain disappears.
– Rinse by dabbing cold water onto the stain and remove excess moisture with a paper towel.

Dry Red Wine Stains

– Mix 1 part dish washing detergent with 1 part hydrogen peroxide.
– Rub the mixture into the stain and allow to work for 30 minutes.
– Dab the spot with a cloth dipped in clean, warm water until the stain and mixture is entirely removed.
– Remove excess water with a paper towel.

3. Muddy Footprints

Wet Mud

– Allow the mud to dry and then follow the steps below to remove dry muddy footprints.

Dry Muddy Stains

– Vacuum up the dry mud to remove as much dirt as possible.
– Mix 1 tablespoon dish washing detergent in 1 cup of warm water.
– Dab the solution onto the stain with a cloth alternating with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture.
– Use a cloth dipped in clean, warm water to rinse and then dry with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.

4. Greasy Food Stains

New Greasy Food Stains

– Mix 1 tablespoon of dish washing detergent with 1 cup of warm or hot water. Dish washing detergent is designed to resolve grease and oil.
– Apply to the spot and allow to work for 5 to ten minutes. Be careful not to make the stain to wet as this will cause it to spread.
– Blot the stain with a dry cloth and then a warm, wet cloth until the stain is removed.
– Dry with an absorbent cloth or paper towels.

Old Greasy Food Stains

– A bio-enzyme detergent is ideal for removing greasy food stains as it is designed to break down organic matter. Most laundry detergents contain bio-enzymes or you can purchase a bio-enzyme detergent created for stain removal.
– Dissolve 1 teaspoon of laundry detergent in warm water, apply to the dry stain and allow to work for 15 to 30 minutes.
– Dab with warm water to rinse and use paper towels to soak up excess moisture until the stain is gone.

It is important to ensure that the dish washing detergent you use does NOT contain bleach unless your carpet is white.

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