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How to Remove 5 Common
Stains from Carpet

How to Remove Coffee Spills

 

Coffee is a great pick me up. But, when it spills on carpet it’s important to pick it up fast. This is because it’s usually hot, acidic and full of tannins, which can cause it to stain quickly. And decaf coffee is even worse.

 

To clean a coffee spill from carpet here’s what you need:

  • Clean white towels
  • An empty spray bottle
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • And a spoon
  1. Start by blotting up as much of the coffee as possible with a clean, absorbent white towel. This allows you to see all of the coffee that’s being absorbed. And because it’s white, it won’t bleed onto your carpet.
  2. Then, mix a solution using 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in an empty spray bottle. Spray bottles are great because they keep you from oversaturating the carpet.
  3. Spray the area with the solution.
  4. Using your spoon, agitate the area you sprayed. Then, allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Blot with a white towel until you no longer see coffee on your towel.
  6. Next, you’ll want to flush the area with clean cold water and blot it dry.
  7. Finally, pour hydrogen peroxide into a clean spray bottle and spray the area. Hydrogen peroxide helps prevent dirt from sticking to the area.
  8. Let the area dry completely before walking on it.

 

How to Remove Wine Spills

 

One of the hardest things to get out of our carpet is red wine. Here’s a home remedy that can help you get red wine out of your carpet.

 

To clean a red wine spill from carpet here’s what you need:

  • Clean white towels
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cold water
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • And a spoon
  1. Start by blotting up as much of the spill as possible before the natural dyes start working there way into the carpet fibers.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda onto the spill.
  3. Agitate the baking soda into the spill with a spoon. The baking soda will start to turn red and begin to clump.
  4. Vacuum up the clumps and repeat this process until the baking soda can’t absorb anymore wine.
  5. Then, mix a solution using 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in an empty spray bottle. Spray bottles are great because they keep you from oversaturating the carpet.
  6. Spray the area with the solution.
  7. Using your spoon, agitate the area you sprayed. Then, allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Blot with a white towel until you no longer see red wine on your towel.
  9. Next, you’ll want to flush the area with clean cold water and blot it dry.
  10. Finally, pour hydrogen peroxide into a clean spray bottle and spray the area. Hydrogen peroxide helps prevent dirt from sticking to the area.
  11. Let the area dry completely before walking on it.

 

How to Remove Pet Stains and Odors

 

We love our pets, but sometimes with pets come accidents. Removing pets stains requires a two-step process. One step to get rid of the spot and another step to get rid of the odor.

 

To clean a pet stain from carpet here’s what you need:

  • Clean white towels
  • An empty spray bottle
  • Cold water
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White vinegar
  1. Start by filling an empty spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Spray the stain.
  2. Using a clean towel, absorb as much of the liquid as you can before it penetrates the carpet pad or subflooring.
  3. Then, mix a solution using 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in an empty spray bottle. Spray bottles are great because they keep you from oversaturating the carpet.
  4. Spray the area with the solution. Then, allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Blot with a white towel.
  6. Next, you’ll want to flush the area with clean cold water and blot it until dry.
  7. Finally, flush the area once more, but this time with white vinegar. And blot up as much of the vinegar as you can.
  8. Let the area dry completely before walking on it.

 

How to Remove Food Stains

 

Grease from food is not water soluble and looks terrible on your carpet. Here’s a suggestion on how to remove it.

 

To clean a grease stain from carpet here’s what you need:

  • Clean white towels
  • An empty spray bottle
  • Cold water
  • Vacuum
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • A spoon
  1. Start by sprinkling baking soda around the spot. Use your spoon to work the baking soda into the spot. The baking soda should clump and discolor as the grease is absorbed.
  2. Vacuum the baking soda and repeat this action until it no longer clumps.
  3. Next, mix a solution of 12 ounces of water and 3 ounces of ammonia. Using your spray bottle, spray the spot.
  4. Agitate the spot with a spoon and use a clean, white towel to blot it dry.
  5. Repeat this step until as much of the grease as possible has been removed.
  6. Then, flush the spot with clean, cold water and blot up as much of the excess water as possible.
  7. Finally, mix a solution of 4 ounces of vinegar with 12 ounces of water. Leave the solution on the carpet for at least one minute before blotting up as much of it as possible.
  8. Let the area dry completely before walking on it.

How to Remove Makeup Stains

If you’ve ever tried to get lipstick or makeup out of carpet, you know how challenging it can be. Here’s an easy home remedy that can help.

 

To clean a makeup stain from carpet here’s what you need:

  • Clean white towels
  • An empty spray bottle
  • Cold water
  • Vacuum
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • A spoon
  1. Start by sprinkling baking soda around the spot. Use your spoon to work the baking soda into the spot. The baking soda should discolor as the makeup is absorbed.
  2. Vacuum the baking soda and repeat this action until it no longer clumps.
  3. Next, mix a solution of 12 ounces of water and 3 ounces of ammonia. Using your spray bottle, spray the spot.
  4. Agitate the spot with a spoon and use a clean, white towel to blot it dry.
  5. Repeat this step until as much of the makeup as possible has been removed.
  6. Then, flush the spot with clean, cold water and blot up as much of the excess water as possible.
  7. Finally, mix a solution of 4 ounces of vinegar with 12 ounces of water. Leave the solution on the carpet for at least one minute before blotting up as much of it as possible.
  8. Let the area dry completely before walking on it.

 

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