Helpful Tips for Tackling Carpet Stains Yourself

No matter how hard you try to avoid getting stains on your beautiful carpet….they always happen! Whether its juice spilled by your toddler, a little present from your puppy, or a spilled glass of wine during a great party, spills and stains just seem inevitable!

What can you do to manage many common carpet stains yourself? Here are some tips for common stains using products that you may already have in your home.

Water Soluble Stains
Water soluble stains include alcoholic beverages, excrement, mud, milk, wet latex paint, and cola.

Combine 1 tablespoon of dish soap with 32 oz of water in a spray bottle. Make sure your dish soap not contain any bleach. Bleach will damage carpets. Spray the solution onto the stain. With a clean white towel, blot the stain. Repeat the spraying and blotting until you are satisfied with your treatment. Do not rub the stain. Rubbing can cause the stain to spread. Rinse the spot with water and repeat the rinsing and blotting with a clean white towel until the stain is gone. If your stain is very severe, you may need to add more dish soap to your mixture.

Special Water Soluble Stains
Special water soluble stains include blood, chocolate, coffee, tea, vomit and wine.

Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray, blot and rinse the stain. Repeat the spraying, blotting and rinsing until the stain is gone.

Do not use ammonia on wool carpeting, it can cause damage. If you have wool carpeting with one of these kinds of stains, use dish soap instead of ammonia. Follow the same procedures as described for the ammonia solution.

Special Stains
Special stains include wax, gum and nail polish.

Wax: You can remove wax from your carpet with the help of an iron. It is best to use a clean white terry cloth for this job. Wet the towel, but do not soak it. Set the towel over the wax spot and apply the iron over the towel at intervals of 4 seconds. Repeat this as necessary until the wax has transferred from the carpet onto the towel. Be careful that your iron isn’t too hot. Your carpet may be sensitive to the heat of the iron. Wool carpets are especially sensitive to high temperatures.

Gum: For gum, take a piece of ice and hold it to the gum until the gum hardens. It is helpful if you have a towel handy to mop up any water that melts from the ice. When the gum is hardened, take a spoon and shatter the gum into pieces. Then throw the frozen gum pieces away or vacuum them up with your upholstery tool.

Nail Polish: Blot the stained area with nail polish remover until the stain goes away. Rinse the area with clean water when you’re finished and blot it to dry.

These are just some of the simple home remedies that you can employ when you have a dreadful spot or stain. It is important to remember that not all stains can be removed, even with the equipment that a carpet cleaning professional will have. The best defense against a stain is to attack it as soon as it happens. The longer a stain stays on your carpet, the more likely it will remain!

Take back your carpet!