How to Remove Carpet Stains at Home
Want to know how to remove carpet stains at home? We can help. A new carpet is a great thing; it gives your home a renewed freshness and crisp appearance. Unfortunately, carpets only stay new for so long before they succumb to stains. If you have children, pets, or a significant other who likes to wear his or her dirty shoes in the house, chances are you will end up with a few stubborn stains on your new carpet.
One way to remove these stains is to have your carpet professionally treated. This option can be costly, and most of us can’t always afford a deep treatment. Thankfully, there are a handful of great home remedies for stained carpets.
Check out these 6 carpet cleaning hacks and learn how to remove carpet stains at home!
1. Remove carpet stains using an iron
Have you ever thought to remove carpet stains using an iron? Won’t the heat just set the stain deeper into the carpet? Logically, it seems that it would, however, this isn’t usually the case. In order for the iron method to work, you must first vacuum the area, and then saturate a cloth with a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water. Put the damp towel over the stain, and use the iron to heat the towel. Move the iron over the towel- doing this should allow the stain to lift off the carpet and onto the towel. Stop ironing when all (or most) of the stain has transferred onto your towel.
2. Remove carpet stains using a homemade deep cleaner
Deep cleaning is sure to get most stains out of your carpet. The detergent for electric powered carpet machines can cost a pretty penny, though. So if you have a carpet cleaning machine, why not save some money and make your own detergent? Just combine ¾ cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons dish soap, 5 drops of essential oil, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener, and one gallon of hot, but not boiling, water. Use this solution in your rug cleaning machine to save some money and get a thorough clean.
3. Remove carpet stains using soap and water
This is a classic method of stain removal, and for dark-colored foods like chocolate, it works like a charm. Mix a solution of 1 part dish soap to 4 parts warm water and apply the solution to the stain. Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then come back with a sponge and gently scrub the stain. To make sure all of the stains are removed, rinse the area with lukewarm water afterward.
4. Remove carpet stains using milk and cornstarch
In the case of a nasty stain, a bit of spilled milk and cornstarch might save you from a bad day. Simply mix half a cup of milk with enough cornstarch to make a paste. Put the paste on the stain and allow it to sit for several hours until it dries. Brush the dried paste off of the stain and vacuum it up to complete the process.
5. Remove carpet stains using baby wipes
If you have young children around the house, you probably have a baby wipe or two as well. While they’re great cleaning up messes on the skin and hands, they also work wonders for carpet stains. When a stain first happens, quickly get out the baby wipes. Blot the stain with the wipe to lift it off of the carpet, and absorb both the extra liquid and the stain.
6. Remove carpet stains using Windex
Most people have this or a similar product around their homes. If you don’t, however, try using one of the other methods on this list. For those of you that do have Windex in your cupboards, though, you should know that Windex has another purpose besides cleaning windows. It can also remove tough carpet stains. To use Windex as a stain remover, first spray the soiled area with Windex to make it wet. With an old towel, rub the area vigorously. Once most of the stain has been removed, fold the towel 2-3 times and place it over the area. Stand firmly on the towel to help dry the area and make sure any excess Windex comes off. If this method doesn’t work the first time, try it again, and keep repeating until all of the stubborn stain has been removed. It should remove all of the stain eventually.
Removing stains can be a daunting task, especially if they’re the stain of something like ink, or blood. Using the above methods can help remove carpet stains quickly and easily. These methods work best if they’re used right after the stain is created, but they can also work on old stains, although the results may vary. On older stains, the number of treatments needed to remove carpet stains can vary as well. I hope these home remedies to remove carpet stains come in handy!
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