Although carpet stains are an inevitable part of life, cleaning them up is easier said than done — 70% of people admit to moving furniture around to cover carpet stains rather than cleaning them, Lifehack reports. Sure, it’s good to be careful to avoid creating stains in the first place, but when they do happen, knowing how to clean them effectively can keep your carpet intact.
Regardless of how well trained your pet is, indoor accidents can still happen. Urine needs to be cleaned up immediately to prevent odor from drying into the carpet fibers; the same goes for vomit, or else the acid will leave a stain. Fortunately, it’s possible to eradicate pet stains quickly and effectively. First, remove all the mess before blotting with paper towels (scrubbing causes stains to spread). Then create a powerful natural stain remover by mixing one cup of warm water with one cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Pour on the stain, leave for 5-10 minutes, and rub until the stain has gone.
Removing oil-based stains like lipstick, oil, and grease from carpets can be challenging — especially with synthetic carpets, as stains typically cling to the petroleum in the fibers. Fortunately, synthetic carpets are commonly treated to prevent oil-based stains from settling. Lipstick stains should be treated with rubbing alcohol applied to a sponge and dabbed until it comes off. Blot with a clean cloth to dry. Fatty stains like butter or oil should be sprinkled with baking soda and left for up to six hours — the longer, the better. Vacuum the stain thoroughly before dabbing with an alcohol-soaked cloth.
Alcohol, fruit, ink, mud, and soda stains are water-soluble, which means they’re generally not a problem to remove from carpets. You do need work fast, however, to prevent them from soaking in. A simple white vinegar and water solution should work well here. However, if you need something more substantial, mix one cup of water with one tablespoon of ammonia to treat stubborn stains. This solution shouldn’t be used on wool or wool-blend carpets — instead, use a mild detergent and water.
Pet stains, makeup, grease, alcohol, soda, and mud are some of the most common stains which can potentially ruin a carpet. These effective removal methods can make sure you’re ready to save your carpet when disaster strikes.