How to Remove Carpet Stains

Coffee Stain

Coffee Stain

One of the most important home improvement projects is replacing the carpets with new ones. This helps a homeowner protect their investment in their home. Proper care of the carpet is necessary in order to protect this investment in the home. So far no one has created a stain-proof carpet, even though there are some that are resistant to stains. It is inevitable that spills will happen, but quick action can prevent many stains from becoming permanent.  Below are a few things that you can do to remove some of the most common carpet stains, but if you have more complex stains you may need to contact a carpet cleaning professional.

Quick Actions for Preventing Stains

In general, liquid spills should be dabbed up quickly with a white cloth or paper towel. Be careful to blot the soil and refrain from scrubbing or rubbing as it can damage the carpet and set the stain. While blotting the liquid out of the carpet, work from the outside toward the inside to keep the spill from spreading. Food spills should be cleaned up carefully by gently scraping the substance from the carpet with a dull knife or a spoon.  These are general actions to be taken for liquid or food spills. Here are some tips on how to remove specific stains from carpeted areas.

Removing Tea and Coffee from Carpet

Tea and coffee are two of our favorite beverages. For the homeowner this means that they are frequently spilled on carpets or area rugs. Gently blot up any of the excess liquid with white towels, either cloth or paper. Use a spray bottle to apply some fresh, clean water to the area and then blot it out. This may need to be repeated several times in order to remove all the coffee or tea from the carpet. If it has been awhile and the beverage has been allowed to dry, then make a paste using baking soda and water. Make the paste about the same consistency as toothpaste. Smooth the paste on the stained area and allow it to sit long enough to dry. Once it has dried, vacuum it all up and the coffee or tea stain should come up with the dried soda and be gone.

Removing Pet Stains

For solid pet waste, first remove the solid portion and allow the residue to dry. This can then be worked loose from the carpet and vacuumed away in most cases. Liquid stains should be blotted up as soon as they are noticed. The trouble with liquid pet stains is that they can be quite odorous. Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with a quart of warm water and apply the solution to the stained area. Allow it to soak up into the carpet for a few minutes and then blot it out until the spot is dry. Typically it is best to use a white cloth or paper towel to blot the liquid from the carpet but another idea is to use a baby’s diaper to blot it up as they are very absorbent. Simply lay the dry diaper on the spot and put something on it to weight it down and the diaper will absorb the liquid right out of the carpet.

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