Get Super Tough Stains Out of Your Carpet
Dealing with carpet stains can be a bit tricky — you can’t pull up wall-to-wall carpet, pre-treat the stain and throw the whole thing in with a load of laundry. Nor can you take it to a dry cleaner to have them deal with it. The key to dealing with a stain on carpet is knowing what the substance is, or at least having a general idea, to determine a suitable approach to cleaning. Much like laundry, the methods to treat different types of stains on carpet vary.
Red Wine, Juices and Coffee
- Red wine and grape juice leave their mark on carpet if not cleaned up immediately, as does coffee and other tinted beverages. If you’re able to work on the spill while it’s still wet, blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Just blot, don’t rub, or it may spread the stain. If the substance is dry or you’ve blotted up as much as possible, pour a small amount of cold water over the stain, blotting up the water. This dilutes the drink stain if still wet, or may loosen some of it from carpet fibers. Continue blotting until no more wine is noticed on the paper towel. Mix 3 parts water to 1 part baking soda, forming a paste to pour over the stain. Vacuum once dry. If that still doesn’t remove the stain, mix 1 tablespoon each of liquid dish soap and vinegar into 1 cup of lukewarm water. Dab the mixture over the spot, blotting until the stain disappears.
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