How To Get Rid of Carpet Stains

By Subodh / July 1, 2011

Carpet stains can be both unsightly and embarrassing. Therefore, it may be time to do something about them if you have not already.

Introductory Guidelines

The cleaning steps required depend upon the severity of the stain. In any case, sources of dirt on carpets include the following: saliva, urine, candy, food, mud, or drinks. Glue, paint, and other art stains could also be a source of carpet stain.

This is not an exhaustive list but it gives you an idea of what you are dealing with. Another very important bit of information as far as carpet stains is concerned is that they may be harder to clean out of fluffier and shaggier carpets.

Oftentimes serious scrubbing is needed. However, in some cases just a brisk and light scrub and simple blotting is the answer.

Some types of stains and solutions for getting rid of them are shown below:

  • Food stains– Simple washing and scrubbing with mild soap and water can do the drink most of the time in this case. However, heavier stains such as those created by catchup, mustard, or curry could be more challenging to remove.

These latter food stains may require more soaking with detergent than would milder food stains such as say milk or dried-on cooking frosting.

You would be surprised but in this case the food stains could be cleaned off with brake cleaner This special formula does a number on stains quite well.

Chlorine bleach stains-No amount of cleaning or washing can help in this case for removing a bleach stain. This is a very strong chemical which removes colors permanently.

On the other hand, there are two ways to correct this issue that requires dying with a similar color. Besides this, the only way to restore discoloration is to use a neutralizing chemical.

  • Coffee and chocolate stains– Of course, the best way to remove these stains is to take care of them as soon as possible after they occur. Just blot out the stain first using a cloth dipped in mild dish soap and water.

Then, you should use vinegar and water to sanitize and rinse the area. After which you can blot the area to dry it using a cloth that is completely dry.

  • Mud– Removal of this substance can be quite a challenge at times. Doing so usually requires two steps. First, you should use a butter knife or other dull scraping tool to remove the loose, dried dirt pieces and chunks.

Then, you should wet the remaining mud left just enough so that you can blot it up. A capful or so of ammonia or hydrogen peroxide along with a clean towel does wonders.

  • Gum stains– One of the most common removal methods is to apply ice to the spot and then scrape off the substance. Sometimes using a hair dryer and wiping or scraping off the substance also helps.
  • Egg and milk stains– Washing off with a wet rag is a logical first step. If you want to make sure the odor is eliminated you can also blot it out with vinegar or ammonia during the rinse step.

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