If you’re going to put a carpet, you may find yourself collecting carpet stain removers, calculating how many hours you’ll spend to clean the carpet, or removing the stains on it. Even if you don’t have children or pets, you can’t avoid having at least one spill or stain. Regardless of the spill, the ways of removing carpet stains are essentially the same. It’s very simple! Here are some examples of stains and how to get rid of them. For common carpet stains, try these solutions.
1. Wine or juice
Whether you spill red wine, white wine, grape juice, or another vibrant beverage, start by spraying with club soda. Absorb with a clean microfiber cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Using a dull knife, rub away as much chocolate as you can. If the chocolate is melted, pour ice cubes into a resealable plastic bag and set it over the stain to harden it before removing. To remove any stray flakes or particles, vacuum the area. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water, and use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the stain, working from the outside toward the center. Allow at least five minutes for the solution to work, then absorb until the stain is gone.
3. Candle wax
Rub an ice pack on the wax until it hardens. Gently break up the wax, then vacuum up the pieces. Treat the spot with a dry-solvent carpet cleaner, following the manufacturer’s instructions, and blot to dry. Dab the area with a warm, damp cloth, then blot-dry again.
4. Coffee or tea
Mix 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon dish soap. Absorb the spill first, then apply the solution. Let it remain for a few seconds before carefully working the solution with your fingers. Remove the stain by rinsing it with water, absorbing it using a clean sponge, and repeating the process until the stain is gone.
Allow dirt or mud to completely dry before treating. Rub off as much excess as possible, then vacuum. Apply a detergent solution. Let the solution remain on the stain for 10 minutes before absorbing with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
Apply cold water or club soda, then wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.
7. Oil-based stains (butter, margarine, gravy, etc.)
Use baking soda as a carpet cleaner for oily stains. Spray the stain with baking soda and let it remain for six hours. Vacuum and then absorb it with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dry-solvent spot carpet cleaner as instructed on the label.
Peel away as much gum as you can. Harden the remaining gum by placing a resealable plastic bag of ice cubes over it. Scratch away with a spoon or dull knife. Vacuum and remove any remaining stains with a dry-solvent carpet cleaner, as instructed on the label.
Apply an enzymatic cleaner, available at pet supply stores or co-ops and other common retailers.