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Remove Stains From Carpet With Ease

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

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Image: talklocal.com

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.

Candle Wax or Gum removal from carpet

Image: tqn.com

Image: tqn.com

My very favorite stain to get rid of it is candle wax. The first time I ever had to deal with candle wax being spilled on my carpet I thought I was going to lose it, but then I read the simple solution online. All I needed to do was take some ice and freeze the wax and once it was frozen you can simply break it up and then vacuum. Let me tell you it’s a lot easier than letting it set and then picking up the wax for days and days. The very same method is applied to gum too.

Ink stain removal from carpet

Another possible stain in your carpet or rug is ink. So what is it that needs to be done to get rid of this ink stain? First of all, you need a good lubricant like WD-40, a sponge, and a bowl of water. Like with all stains, this is another matter of time being of the essence, so be sure to get there as soon as possible. Start removing the ink-stained by spraying the WD-40 directly onto the stain and let it set for 30 to 40 seconds. Next take your sponge and your soapy water and just blot the carpet where the lubricant has drawn the ink up. The final step in removing ink from your carpet is to rinse the spot with warm water and use a dry cloth to bring the water back out. There, good as new.

Remove urine stains from carpet

Image: instructables.com

Image: instructables.com

Not all stains are necessarily spills. For example, let’s just say that you were gone too long and your dog could not hold it and you come home to a nice wet puddle of urine in the middle of your carpet. The first thing you want to do is grab some towels and try to make it so that they absorb as much of the urine as possible, and then blot the stain with a clean damp cloth. The very next thing that you are going to want to do is spray and blot with a solution that has the same white vinegar and dish soap that we used earlier. Once again, be sure that your dish soap does not have any bleach in it. Spray, rinse and repeat. You can finish by taking another towel and blotting the area dry and you are finished. Being how this is a urine spot  you may want to look into other items that will help get rid of the smell altogether because the last thing you want to do is have your dog mistake your carpet for the new urinal.

Remove coffee stain from carpet


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This next trick for getting stains out of your carpet or rug is similar to the very first one, but it is a little bit different so I thought that it would be worth mentioning. You may want to stock up on vinegar if your household is accident prone because the last stain that I’m going to talk about is the dreaded coffee stain. You might like your coffee black, but your carpets and rugs sure don’t. I mean there’s a reason you are trying to have that cup of coffee in the 1st place because you need to wake up. Unfortunately, you weren’t quite awake when you stumbled over your child’s toy and spilled your coffee on your nice white carpet. I am going to teach you how to remove this stain and you can start your day over without this little mishap. Let’s start by giving all of our things that we need to take care of our little problem here. Ingredients such as a couple clean white clothes, a bowl, a couple cups of warm water, dishwashing soap, and our old friend vinegar. Start by using the white cloths to blot up as much of the coffee as you can, but whatever you do not rub. Next, add a couple squirts of dish soap with a couple caps of vinegar inside of your bowl filled with warm water. Even though you are in a hurry to get to the stain before it dries it would be smart to try the new solution in an area of your carpet or rug that is not visible because you want to be sure that it will not discolor the material. If the solvent tested good then it’s time to continue with the next step. Next, we dip our cloth into our solution and gently blot the stain until it looks better and then we get a clean rag and blot it with that. Now simply rinse and repeat until the spot is gone, and then enjoy another fresh hot cup of coffee and start your morning out right.

christabailey • August 29, 2016

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  1. Jennica November 28, 2016 - 12:17 pm Reply

    My problem was a wall until I read this, then I smashed it.

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