Not all stains are created equal.  Some carpet stains are easy to get rid of but others require more specialized knowledge plus more than just a little elbow grease.

Here’s a list of the hardest to remove carpet stains and tips to make your work easier:

Cordial

Cordials and other juices leave sweet sticky messes on your carpet.  To remove them, lightly blot a fresh spill with a clean white cloth until most of the liquid is removed.  For a spill that has already dried, spray a little water on the stain.  Next, dilute a teaspoon of bleach-free dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water.  Blot some of this solution into the stain until it disappears.  Spray the area lightly with water to rinse it, blot gently, and then let it dry.

Red Wine

To prevent the red wine stain from becoming permanent, see to it right away and blot it up gently but quickly.  For the cleaning solution, mix together a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent, a tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of water.    Treat the stain with this then blot gently with a clean, dry cloth.  Continue treating the stain and blotting until the stain vanishes.  Spray the area lightly with water to rinse it, blot gently, and then let it dry.

Coffee

Say good riddance to blackish or brownish marks on your carpet from spilled coffee.

Pick up any coffee grounds with a spoon.  Lightly blot the stain with a clean, dry white cloth or white paper towels, until most of the stain is gone.  To remove the remaining stain and neutralize the odour, use one part vinegar diluted in two parts water.  Apply this on the stain and blot.  Rinse by spraying lightly with water and then blot to dry.

remove carpet stainsLipstick

Gently scrape off any broken lipstick.  Squirt some isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a white paper towel, and blot the stain.  For any leftover stains, apply diluted dishwashing detergent.  Blot again.  Rinse the area by spraying with water, blot some more and then allow to dry.

Permanent marker

The stain removal method for lipstick stains can also be used for permanent marker stains.  Squirt some isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a white paper towel, and blot the stain.  For any leftover stains, apply diluted dishwashing detergent.  Blot again.  Rinse the area by spraying with water, blot some more and then allow to dry.

Oil

Scrape off as much of the oil or grease as you can.  Dust the stain with baking soda, let it stand for around 15 minutes, and then vacuum.  Apply a dry-cleaning solvent and blot.  For more stubborn stains, use a solution of one tablespoon dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar diluted in two cups of water.  Rinse by blotting softly with water and then blot dry.

Urine

When you have pets or small kids, the occasional little accident is to be expected.  Use paper towels or an old, clean rag to blot up all of the stain.  A cup of white vinegar mixed with a cup of water is the best cleaning solution for this type of stain.  Use this to blot up remaining stains.  Sponge with water to rinse and blot again until dry.

Poop

The only thing worse than cleaning up urine is cleaning up feces.  Pick up any droppings first before treating the stain.  Make a solution of one tablespoon dishwashing detergent, one tablespoon white vinegar and two cups water and apply this gently on the stain.

Blot to remove the stain.  Repeat applying the solution and blotting until the stain disappears.  Rinse by blotting softly with water and then blot dry.

Vomit

When it comes to nasty stains, poop and vomit would be at the top of the list.  Similar to treating oil stains, scrape off all of the vomit.  Dust the stain with baking soda, let it stand for around 15 minutes, and then vacuum.  Apply a dry-cleaning solvent and blot.

If the stain is still there, use a solution of one tablespoon dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar diluted in two cups of water.  Rinse by blotting softly with water and then blot dry.

Blood

Don’t let bloody stains horrify you.  Dilute one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent in two cups of water.  Sponge the stain with this solution and blot gently.  Continue to sponge and blot until the stain is gone.  If this doesn’t work, an ammonia solution (one tablespoon of ammonia and half a cup of water) can be used to blot the stain.  Rinse the area by dabbing with cold water and blot to dry.

Don’t forget to pre-test any cleaning solution you’re about to use on an inconspicuous part of the carpet before applying it.  Follow these tips and that difficult stain will be nothing but a bad memory.

 

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