Let’s begin by talking about what a stain is. What exactly is a stain? Stains are simply when two dissimilar materials combine and have a physical or chemical reaction against each other. So what is the best way to fight them? There are so many different types of stains that it’s tough to talk about all of them, but I will give you a few great examples of what to do and what not to do to get the stains out of your carpet or rug.
Food, blood, wine, etc. stain removal from a carpet or rug
First of all, let’s talk about food stains and the effect that they will have on your carpet. With all stains your number one challenge is time. You need to get to the stain and clean it before it sets in or else it could be a lot tougher to remove. With food stains such as ketchup, the very first thing I do is grab the vinegar. Now you can have a mixture of vinegar and water or you can just use vinegar straight up and dump it on the stain. Remember how quickly you need to get there to do this, because if the stain sets in then the vinegar is even going to have a hard time taking care of it. Now if you don’t have vinegar in your house then you can simply switch to rubbing alcohol and just blot on a cloth. Then use the rag that you dumped the alcohol onto to rub the stain away. Now, if you’re having a hard time fighting the stain or maybe you just didn’t get to it fast enough, then you can make yourself of a very potent mixture to fight the stain. You can do this by using water dish soap and ammonia, but be sure that the dish soap does not have any bleach in it because you do not want to do any harm to your carpet or rug. Once you have that mixed then you can simply add your mixture to the stain and rub it out. After all the bubbles do their job then you just want to make sure to put more water on it preferably with a spray bottle and just give the stain one good rinse. Finish the rug by blotting it with a dry rag, and then your stain should be removed and your carpet should be looking back to normal… if not cleaner. Also, this is the same way that you would get stains of blood, mustard, and even wine out of your carpet or rug.