Thursday, January 19, 2012

Removing Carpet Stains

Here are a few tips on how to remove and clean carpet stains.  Remember to always test in a small, unnoticeable area first to make sure the carpet won’t be discolored or damaged.
Cleaning Stain From Carpet
Cleaning Stain From Carpet
  • Saturate a clean, white cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab the spot.
  • Mix 1/4 cup water with 3/4 cup household vinegar. Spray stain generously but not too much to soak under padding. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then dip a clean, white cloth in the water/vinegar and dab area until it’s removed.
  • Use a bar of Ivory Soap wrapped in with a wet cloth or a gentle bristle brush.
  • Try a laundry stain remover pen or stick.
  • Remove gum from carpet by covering and slathering the gum with a teaspoon of peanut butter. Allow it to sit for a minute or two, then remove peanut butter and gum with a wet cloth. Clean the area with a wet, soapy cloth.
  • Spot clean the area with club soda.
  • Sponge with a soapy sponge, then with hydrogen peroxide or a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and household ammonia (careful on colored carpets, more for light tones).
  • Blot with household vinegar.
  • Try a baby wipe if you have one on hand.
  • OxiClean–I’ve had great success with this product.
  • Mix together 4 tablespoons baking soda, 6 teaspoons household ammonia, 1/4 cup liquid Ivory dish detergent, 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water. Sponge into spot, allow to dry then vacuum.
  • Make a thick paste with cornstarch and water and apply to area, allow to dry then vacuum up. May need few applications to lift all the stain 
 Tips To Remember

  •  Don’t scrub in stain, but blot out and wipe upward if possible. 
  • Avoid applying too much liquid so that it soaks and saturates the carpet’s under padding.
  • Don't take any chances - always test a small area first
  •  If you have pets, avoid using ammonia as it may trigger your pet to relieve himself on the spot.
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