How to remove stains from carpet

Carpet is nice for walking around and doing all the stuff we do on it and feel comfy but when it comes to stains, it has a problem letting it go.
In this post, I’m going to talk about some of the most common carpet stains and I’m going to show you how to remove them with regular household products.
Few important points to pay attention to before you attempt to remove stains: first, find out if there are any special cleaning instructions for the kind of carpet you are dealing with.

Second, test any stain remover solution in an inconspicuous area before use. You do not want to damage the carpet trying to remove a spot.
Third, do not rub or scrub the stain with or without cleaning solution as this will spread it and make a bigger mess. Instead, blot and absorb it into towel.
Last, deal with it as soon as you can because most of the stains become hard to remove as they dry.
With that out of the way, let’s tackle some stains.

Removing pet stains

Pet urine stain is a two-fold problem because in addition to ugly spot it causes a stink too. Act fast and blot up as much of it as you can with paper towel. Press down, lift up and go for a fresh piece of towel each time. You don’t want to leave anything behind.

blotting up pet urine
blotting up pet urine

Now mix up white vinegar and water one to one in a spray bottle and mist it over the area, then, start absorbing up again with clean paper towels. You want to repeat this several times so that you really lift out as much as you can and get rid of that odor.
Let’s say, in a different scenario, you didn’t see the pet pee but you certainly smelled it few days later. What you can do is the process with the vinegar and water solution and pressing up as much of the liquid as you can. Once you’ve done that a bunch of times, you can sprinkle baking soda over the area, which is a great natural odor absorber, and let that dry. Leave it for about 24 hours and that’s going to do its work in terms of getting rid of the odors and you might see some yellowy stuff come up too. Now you can scrape it up first and then you can vacuum it all up and that should take care of the stain.

sprinkle baking soda and vacuum after 24 hours
baking soda

Removing coffee stain

The first thing to do, obviously, is to blot up as much coffee as you can from the carpet. Remember, remove as much liquid as possible, it leaves you way less to work with.

blotting up coffee stain
blotting up coffee stain

You’ll need a few things to completely remove the coffee stain: 3% hydrogen peroxide, a steam iron and a bunch of white towels. Note that the towels have to be white, otherwise color may bleed onto the carpet. Also test this procedure on a hidden area to make sure that it won’t remove the carpets color or burn it.
Spray hydrogen peroxide over your coffee stain and place a wet towel on it. Next, put your iron down on that towel, right over the stain on full steam for about 20 seconds. Once you lift it up, you’ll see that the stain has transferred to the towel.

coffee stain transferred to towel
coffee stain transferred to towel

Using a clean area of the towel or with a fresh one, repeat the process a few times until the stain is fully removed.

Removing wine stain

To remove wine stain from carpet soak it up with paper towel immediately after it’s been spilled. Try to remove as much as possible as fast as possible. Apply fresh and bubbly club soda and let it sit for 3-5 minutes.

coffee stain transferred to towel
coffee stain transferred to towel

Bubbles help separate the stain from the carpet. Blot it out. Repeat if necessary.
Stains are definitely a pain but the good thing is, if you treat them fast and with the right products and technique, you can remove them.
I hope you found these stain removal tips helpful. Share it with your friends and if you have any questions leave them in the comments.

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