Carpet stains can diminish the look of the interior of your home, and not every stain is treated the same way. Defeating carpet stains is all about knowing what treatments will make short work of the mess and restore the look to your flooring.
The following 3 solutions for defeating carpet stains will keep your home carpet looking like new again;
1. Removing Stains From Heavy Foot Traffic
Take a look at your flooring from a distance and you can tell where traffic is coming in from the front door and going into certain rooms. The grime, dirt, and mud, trapped on the bottom of shoes will stick to the carpet fibers and then be compressed deep down as more foot traffic walks over it. Here are some simple carpet cleaning steps for removing the heavy traffic soiled stains on the flooring.
If the stains are still moist, blot the are with a dry white paper towel. Do not rub, it will make it harder to remove the debris.
Place a 1/4 cup of white vinegar and tablespoon of dish soap liquid in a spray bottle. Spray the soiled area liberally, after soaking for 10 minutes you can use the white paper towel to blot the area until the stain disappears.
Store bought carpet cleaning solutions can help to break up contaminants in carpeting that has dried, then go back to the vinegar in the spray bottle routine.
2. Defeating Pet Stains From Carpet
Pet owners are constantly trying to keep their furry friends from making messes on the carpeting. It doesn’t matter if it is a puppy or an older dog with bladder issues, pet stains can be some of the most problematic because they stink once set in. The following stain removal technique will remove the stain completely and neutralize the odor. Here are some simple steps for removing pet stains on the carpet.
Clean up the mess from your pet as quickly as it happens. Use a paper towel to blot up any moisture, never rub or smear the stained area. Keep blotting until the carpet feels dry. If the stain is already dry, move to the next step.
Mix a quart of warm water with tablespoon of laundry detergent in your spray bottle. Now spray on the spot, allowing this mixture to soak for five minutes. Now start to blot the stain, rinse with some warm water, repeat as needed.
Now to neutralize the odor, use 1/4 cup of white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz on the pet stain, allow to soak for ten minutes, blot dry. Continue until the stain and smell are gone.
3. Removing a Coffee Stain From the Carpeting
If you are not drinking coffee, someone in your house is or will be. When coffee meets the carpeting, it can create some of the darkest and nastiest stains. The carpeting will develop a brownish tone that can easily be mistaken by your guests as pet stains. Here is how you tackle getting the coffee stains out of the carpeting.
If the coffee spill is still wet, use the paper towel to blot dry the location. Don’t spread the spillage, keep using new paper towels to get up as much of the liquid as possible.
Mix a 1/4 cup of white vinegar, tablespoon of dish soap liquid, and cup of water, in a spray bottle. Spritz, blot, let dry. Repeat until the stain breaks up.
The thing to remember with coffee is that as the solution breaks up the stain, you have to blot it up before it spreads to other carpet fibers. The goal here is to moisten and blot the coffee from the carpet to the paper towel, like metal to a magnet.
Work the perimeter of the stain first, and as it disappears, work towards the center of the coffee stain. Once dry, if still noticeable, make a new batch of cleaning solution and work the stain again.
These 3 solutions for defeating carpet stains will help with the majority of the issues with your flooring. The key is having your cleaning products ready and to attack the stain when it happens to get optimal results.