Carpet Stain Removers
Many households today are very casual when it comes to eating meals. We bring out the TV tray and sit on the couch to eat while watching one of our favorite shows.
Unfortunately, this will mean a spill will eventually happen on the carpet. When this does happen, have your carpet stain removers handy and clean the stain as soon as you possibly can.
The Do's and Dont's of Removing Stains and Cleaning Spills:
Here's a short list of some things to keep in mind the next time you clean up a spill or remove a stain on your carpet.
- If a spills happen, get to it as quickly as possible.
- Blot spills with a clean towel or paper towels and soak up as much of the spill as possible. If the spill is a larger area, lay the towel over it and do the happy dance. Some stains can be avoided by just taking this step.
- Work from the outside of the stained area and work your way in towards the center of the stain.
- Many people make the mistake of rubbing carpeting when removing a stain. Don't do it, it is one of the worst things that you can do. Rubbing the spill will actually push the spill deeper into the carpet and you could fray the carpet fibers if you rub too hard.
Non Foaming Detergent (Such As Laundry Soap):
One of the best carpet cleaning solutions available is simply using regular clothing detergent to clean. Designed to get even the toughest stains out of your clothes, mixing just a tiny bit of detergent approx 1 tsp, in 1/2 gallon of water water and blotting it into the carpet stain can often remove stains easily. Detergent is a surfactant and makes water "wetter", that is it is able to penetrate deep into the carpet fiber- More so than using water alone. Don't use to much soap though because all soap leaves a residue and if enough of this residue is left behind, it will attract future staining.
Another great carpet stain fighter is adding a cup of my favorite stain remover Shout into the water in your carpet cleaner. Developed for the sole purpose of lifting stains off of all sorts of fabrics, it is a very effective way to clean carpets too.
Ammonia seems to be an all-around purpose cleaner, able to tackle even the toughest stains on virtually any surface. Just be sure to use it sparingly since it can damage some delicate carpet fibers. The best solution is one part ammonia to 10 parts water. You can try and stronger strength if you like, as long as you tests it first in an inconspicuous area.
Salt and Club Soda:
Have an extra tough stain you can’t get out? Try sprinkling some salt on it, then pour a bit of club soda onto the salt. The chemical reaction will take about an hour, but you won’t believe your eyes when you return and vacuum up the residue to find the stain completely gone.
The brand doesn’t matter so much as what the cleaner is made with, but using an oxygen cleaner to make a sudsy paste can tackle many organic carpet stains like grass, foods and drink spills more easily than other methods.
Those who have tried the Windex approach swear by its effectiveness. Adding equal parts of Windex and water to your steam cleaner can bring even the dullest, dirtiest rug back to life.
Household strength hydrogen peroxide is a great product. Keep a bottle on hand as part of your cleaning arsenal. Not only will this work for grape juice stains, but wine, coffee, and many other stains as well.
Hydrogen peroxide works like a bleach - without being bleach. As with any new cleaning process, check in an inconspicuous spot first to see how it might react with your carpet.
- Work quickly with this first step and blot up as much of the stain as possible.
- When you have done this, pour some hydrogen peroxide over the remaining stain.
- Cover with plastic wrap and set a book over it. You do this to keep the hydrogen peroxide in the dark because it will turn to water when exposed to light.
- Check the after about half hour. If the stain has lightened, cover for another 30 minutes or so.
Removing Odors From Carpeting:
Use equal parts of white vinegar and warm water to make an excellent carpet cleaning solution. Rub into the carpet; let stand for half an hour and then dab up. Add this cleaning concoction to your carpet cleaning machine (along with your regular detergent) for even better results.
Baking soda is one of the cheapest and best ways to clean a carpet – plus it works! For a simple way to freshen both the look and smell of your rugs, simple sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet and sprinkle with hot water. Let sit until dry and then vacuum. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter and cleaner your rugs look.
For tougher stains, mix some baking soda and hot water into a paste and rub into the area with a scrub brush. Let the paste sit until dry and then vacuum. Repeat if needed.
With so many different carpet stain removers, it can be hard to know which one to try first. So, head to your supply closet to see what’s available and get to work. Clean carpets await.