Home Remedies for Carpet Stains

Nothing creates a sense of panic like a spill on a carpet. Expensive, difficult to replace and right out there where all your guests can see, your carpet may seem more like a crystal vase.  If you are faced with needing a quick solution for a spill here are some great home remedies for carpet stains.

Don't Panic!
No matter what the stain, carpet cleaning involves several basic steps:

  • Don't hesitate! When it comes to carpet stain removal time is of the essence. If the stain is liquid, blot as much of it up as you can with a clean cloth. Press firmly and allow the cloth to absorb as much as possible.
  • Blot, don't scrub! If the spill is a solid, try to lift up as much of the material as possible. Use a spoon or other flat utensil and work toward the center of the stain. Resist the urge to rub or scrub at the stain.
  • Pick the right solution. Make sure to use the right cleaning solution for the spot. Your first response will determine your success. Picking the wrong cleaning technique could make the stain worse.
  • Easy on the water. Use only the amount of water needed to remove the stain. Carpet water damage will result from too much water. A saturated carpet can come free of its backing. Wet padding can lead to the formation of mold and mildew.

Carpet Cleaning Remedies
These home remedies for carpet stains can help you in any emergency. Apply cleaning solutions using a spray bottle or by dabbing some onto a clean cloth and blotting. Remember: never saturate the carpet.

As always, test the cleaning solution on a small, out of the way area of your carpet.

Club soda is a great universal cleaning solution. Blot some on a stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Remove club soda by blotting with a clean cloth. Repeat as needed.

Salt is excellent at removing staining liquids like Kool-aid or pet vomit. First, blot as much of the liquid as possible with paper towel. Then, sprinkle the stained area with salt, cover with a damp cloth and wait several minutes. The salt will absorb any remaining liquid. Vacuum up the salt to remove the stain residue.

An ammonia solution (1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp. ammonia) is great for removing grease, dairy, egg and blood stains. After removing the stain, blot to rinse with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water.

Baking soda will work like salt to draw stains from your carpet. Baking soda is particularly useful for pet stain removal. Apply baking soda, wait several minutes, then vacuum stained area.

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During the course of our house-cleaning activities we may often be faced with a perplexing dilemma regarding a stain or odor that conventional methods and cleaning supplies simply cannot resolve. There are a multitude of tips to be found on the web, but sometimes the search can be daunting if you are unsure what to enter into the search query box, and who wants to wade through a tidal wave of results that yield no reliable information? While this list of helpful tips and solutions is by no means comprehensive of every problem you may face, it does encompass some of the most common, and each solution presented here has been found to be the most reliable method.
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