Top Tips for Removing Carpet Stains

Top Tips for Removing Carpet Stains

Have you ever wondered how a carpet gets stained without kids or pets around?

It's usually a food stain, or our coffee sloshes over the top of the cup. We tread carefully over the carpet, fearing any kind of stain. What we fear the most is the stain going to the bottom of the carpet fiber and/or getting into the carpet pad. We wonder what we can do to clean the stain. No worries, here are the top tips for removing carpet stains.

1. Blot


The first step in carpet stain removal is to blot the stain immediately before it dries into the carpet fiber. If you rub the stain, it will soak further into the fiber. Blot it until you get the moisture out of the carpet.

If the stain results from something solid such as spilled macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes and gravy, then scrape off as much as you can immediately. You might need the edge of a butter knife to scrape away the solid remains. Then blot the stain until you get all the moisture up.

Your next step will be to rinse the stain with clear cold water. Do not rub. Blot all the moisture again. If this doesn't remove the stain, then check out the next tip.

2. Stain Remover


Any carpet manufacturer will alert you to their own formula for stain removal. However, if you don't want any added chemicals, then homemade remedies are available:

Water-Soluble Stains


If the stain came from wine, coffee, tea, colas, milk, gravy, berries, and the like, then mix one teaspoon of mild dish soap with one-quarter teaspoon of white vinegar in a quart container of warm water. Apply this to the stain and let it sit for ten minutes. Blot the moisture up then vacuum the spot.

Other Water-Soluble Stains


If the stain came from blood, mustard, chocolate, or vomit, then mix one cup of ammonia with one gallon of water. If the carpet is pure wool, then don't use ammonia. Mix one cup of dish soap in the water. If that doesn't work, then use one-quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide in one quart of water. Let it sit for ten minutes and then blot until all the moisture comes up. Vacuum the spot. When all else fails, then call NOA services for carpet stain cleaning.

3. Tougher Stains


Kids don't always sit at a table to complete their art projects, paint their nails, or to throw away their gum in the trash can. These carpet stains are a little tougher to clean. Nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide will clean almost anything. Mix it as described above, blot, and vacuum.

There are times when a professional carpet cleaner is your only hope. Fortunately, NOA services is a family owned and operated cleaning service near you. Their friendly, respectful professionals will help you with good indoor air quality and a safe environment. Call today.

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