If you have a lively household with lots of family members, pets and guests in and out, carpet stains are inevitable. However, you don’t have to live with them. Here are tips for six of the most difficult carpet stains you might have:
First, stains need to be blotted up as soon as they happen. Don’t worry if your neighbor thinks it’s embarrassing that you’ve attacked that bit of red wine she just spilled with a damp paper towel. You’re not mad at her. You just don’t want that stain to set.
Also, stains need to be blotted up and not rubbed. Rubbing will make the stain part of the carpet fibers. Also, blot the stain from the outer rim to the center. This will keep it from spreading even further. As for specific stains:
1. Red Wine
Don’t use salt on red wine because it will cause the red wine to set.
Don’t use pectin on blood because that will also cause the blood to set.
After the stain is blotted up, use a little soda water to bring the urine to the surface, then blot it up with more paper towels or a dry sponge. Or treat with a mix of half ammonia and half water. Blot with a sponge dipped in cool water, then treat with a mix of half vinegar and half water. Blot and allow to dry. Urine might also be treated with a digestant like pepsin or amylase.
4. Food Stains
Before blotting, scrape up any food with a butter knife. Make sure that the food isn’t spread around. To make sure of this, wipe the knife on clean paper towels between scrapings.
Blot ink with glycerin, then remove it with an oil solvent. An oil solvent can be found in hardware stores as dry cleaning solvent and needs to be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Or apply glycerin, treat with carpet cleanser, and blot with a sponge dampened in cool water until the spot is removed.
Blot up the grease, then treat with an absorbent like cornstarch. Then, spray on a carpet cleanser according to the manufacturer’s directions. After that, apply vaseline. If the carpet can’t be treated in this manner, blot up the grease and use an oil solvent to get rid of the rest of it.
Quick action and some household products are often all that’s needed to return a rug or carpet to an almost-new state!
Information provided by Grimebusters Ltd., an Edmonton carpet cleaning company.