For those who are enthralled by soft, lined-vacuumed carpets, Stains are the bane of our lives. While they are a bit frustrating and annoying, it’s likely that something other than water will make its way into your flooring.
There are a lot of commercial cleaning products available that are specifically designed to remove stains; However, most staining issues can be removed by using the products you have in your home. Learn how to remove the tough-hitting stains and restore your carpet to its original splendor.
For most stains- including marinara sauce and soft drinks- follow these steps:
- Start with two bowls. Fill one with cold water, and in the other one, combine ¼ teaspoon mild dishwashing detergent, and 1 cup of warm water.
- Soak some of the soapy solutions into an absorbent cloth. Dab it onto the stain. As it begins to dissolve, dab intermittently with a clean, dry section of the cloth, and then follow by dabbing with the clean, cold water. Continue this process until the stain is no longer visible.
- Cover the area with a stack of paper towels and apply something heavy- like a pot or bowl- to the stack. The item’s weight will help the paper towels absorb any lingering moisture.
For trickier stains, such as wine, employ the following:
- Create a cleaning solution by mixing two cups of warm water with a tablespoon of dishwashing soap and a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
- Use a cloth to apply a small amount into the stain, and blot frequently until the stain lifts. Make sure to use a white cloth so that the pigment doesn’t bleed into your carpet.
For dark stains- like coffee- try this:
- Like any stain, it’s essential to start by blotting the stain as thoroughly as possible. Mix white vinegar, and dish soap (one tablespoon both) together with 2 cups of water that is warm.
- Follow the instructions above for Blotting the solution with a clean cloth followed by blotting using a clean cloth soaked in water, and then again using your solution, until it completely is gone.
- Use a sponge to get rid of any remaining soap. After that, dry.