How to Clean Carpet Stains
Don't worry! You can get rid of those spills and stains on your carpet. Work fast with these quick tips on how to clean carpet.
Water-Based Spot Treatment
The first step is to absorb the liquid with a cloth while it is still wet. This step is needed because when the liquid is dried, the carpet becomes much harder to clean. If left to penetrate the carpet and dry, it may even leave a stain.
Step two is to create a solution for water-based stains (if it is water-based). Mix one part vinegar and one part water. Apply this mixture to the stain and let it soak for about ten to fifteen minutes. Then use a sponge or cloth to absorb the liquid and rinse the stained area with warm water.
Difficult Stain Treatment
Gum may seem very tricky at first, but you may remember the janitor in school freezing off the gum underneath your desk. This method is how we will approach removing gum from carpet. First, take some ice and then apply it directly to the gum. Peel, rip, or scrape it off, whatever gets the job done. If it needs to be re-frozen, repeat as necessary.
Similar to the gum scenario, you can freeze wax and scrape it off as well. Because wax is oil-based, you will need to remove the remaining residue with dish soap, white vinegar, and water. You can also use a carpet cleaning spray to remove the residual wax.
An excellent method to remove oil from carpet is to use paper towels and iron over them with a warm setting. The heat will allow the oil to expand easier into the paper towels. If you still find oil, using dish soap, white vinegar, and water may lift out the residual oil.
Blot as much of the wine as you can with paper towels, then cover with salt to leave overnight. In the morning, you can vacuum the salt, and that may take care of the red wine stain.
Treat this one as soon as you can. Spray cold water onto the blood without soaking the surrounding area (doing so may stain other areas of the carpet). Blot off as much of the blood as you can with a paper towel, and repeat the process until it has gone away entirely.
First, you should dab hydrogen peroxide onto the dried blood area with a cotton swab or cotton ball (don't soak the dried blood region). Then, allow the peroxide to sit for a few minutes, then blot with water and paper towels to remove the dried bloodstain.
Use enzymatic pet stain removal spray on the stain. (Use as directed)
If you don't have this spray, try to use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar.
Coffee or Tea Stains
These liquids are acidic and can be difficult to remove. Blot the stain with a paper towel to soak up excess fluid. Next, create a mixture of two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of colorless liquid dish soap. Wait two minutes, and then apply the solution to the carpet delicately with a soft-bristled brush (you can also use your fingers, but a brush is better). Rinse the stain with cold water but don't soak the carpet— then blot dry. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. If the carpet becomes soaked, cover the area with paper towels and weigh them down with something heavy.
Non-acetone dye-free nail polish remover works well to remove nail polish stains because it breaks it down on a chemical level. Cautiously blot the polish first to remove the excess, pour your non-acetone dye-free nail polish remover on a cotton ball or white paper towel and gently dab the stain until it fades. Rinse with warm water afterward and blot dry.