Carpet Care: Easy Tips on Stain Removal

Whatever reasons you have for owning one, fact still remains that rugs or carpets beautify and add warmth to the home. However, stains are inevitable. But guess what? Carpet or rug cleaning just got easier. Learn how to take out the top offenders with these EASY solutions and your rug would be as good as new again. 


Coffee or Tea Stain
Mix 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.

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

Dirt and Dust
Allow dirt to completely dry before treating. Scrape off as much as possible, then vacuum. Apply a detergent solution (like the DIY cleaner above). Let solution sit on stain for 10 minutes before blotting with a clean white cloth or paper towel.

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.

Gum
Peel away as much gum as you can. Harden the remaining gum by placing a resealable plastic bag of ice cubes over it. Chip gum away with a spoon or dull knife. Vacuum and clean lingering stain with a dry-solvent carpet cleaner, following the label instructions.

Urine
Apply an enzymatic cleaner, available at pet supply stores or co-ops and other natural retailers.

Wine or Juice
Spritz with club soda. Blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.

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