Carpets are expensive and easily stained all at the same time. It makes keeping them looking their best difficult even without stains. But when stains occur, you have to get them out quickly. Here is a short guide to getting out the most common carpet stains to keep your carpets looking brand new. Remember, for every carpet stain, it is important to blot and not scrub, since rubbing the stain will drive it deeper into the carpet’s fibers.
The common idea regarding red wine stains is to counter it with white wine. But what if it’s a rose? Or white wine? Admittedly, reds and roses are worse because they can stain the carpet, which is why you need something other than a chardonnay to counter the stain. Besides, why waste wine on a stain?
The best way to counter red wine is to get to it as soon as possible. Take some paper towel and blot the mess, working from the outside inwards. Once you have blotted out as much as you can, get a small bowl. Mix together two cups of warm water, one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Apply with a sponge and then blot again until the stain has lifted.
Pet stains happen, especially with young and old animals. For urine, blot as much as you can with paper towel, working from the outside in. After that, soak the area in white vinegar and then pour on some baking soda. Cover the stain with a plate or bowl and leave for a couple of days. Then simply vacuum it up.
For the other kind of pet stain, dispose of the bulk of it and then blot with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. If the stain isn’t going away, try adding vinegar to the mix. It can help get rid of the smell as well.
You can clean coffee stains the same way as red wine. Blot as much as you can, apply the warm water/vinegar/dish soap mixture with a sponge, and blot until the stain is gone.
Believe it or not, cheap lacquer hairspray is the best cleaning agent for ink stains. Spray the area thoroughly with hairspray and blot with clean paper towel. Once it is all cleaned up, wait for the area to dry and vacuum.
Blood is a bit different than other stains because it reacts differently to oxygen. The trick is to use cold water. Start by brushing any dried blood with a steel brush. Then mix cold water and dish soap together and blot until the stain is removed. Then pour on some cold water without dish soap and blot again.
Keeping carpets clean is an ongoing struggle, which is why most home experts recommend you steam clean your carpets twice a year (or more if you have small children and/or pets). Regular carpet maintenance not only helps your carpets stay pristine for longer, but it also keeps your home clearer of common allergens and dangerous bacteria. In the case of stains, however, the best thing to do is address it right away follow the above suggestions.