Cleaning Stains on Carpet

I bet you’re wondering why you just put white carpet in the living room. Well, no matter what color your carpet is, these are a few helpful hints in getting some tough stains out. Carpet Cleaning isn’t easy; be patient with the process.

Wine or juice: Whether you spill red wine, white wine, grape juice, or another vibrant beverage, start by spritzing with club soda. Blot with a clean microfiber cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Chocolate: Use a dull knife to scrape away as much chocolate as possible. If the chocolate is melted, place a resealable plastic bag filled with ice cubes over the stain to harden the remaining chocolate before scraping. Vacuum the area to pick up any loose flakes or pieces. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water, and use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the stain, working from the outside toward the center. Leave the solution on for at least five minutes, then blot until the stain is gone.

Blood: Apply cold water or club soda, then blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Fat-based stains (butter, margarine, gravy, etc.): Use baking soda as a carpet cleaner for fatty stains. Sprinkle the stain with baking soda and let it sit for six hours. Vacuum and then blot with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dry-solvent spot carpet cleaner following the label instructions.

Coffee or tea: Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster and Loving Your Home Every Day, recommends mixing 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon dish soap. Blot the spill first, then apply the solution. Let it sit for a few seconds before carefully working the solution in with your fingers. Rinse the stain with water, blot, and repeat until the stain is removed.

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