3 Tips to Remove Carpet Stains
Carpet stains are the pain of every homeowner who loves carpets. There are a million different kinds of stains with just as many unique ways to remove them. You cannot be prepared for everything all the time, so here are a few tips that will help you combat most common stains.
1. Remove Carpet Stains as Quickly as Possible
The first step is to get to it quickly. You do not want the stain to dry and set in. If it does, you will have a much tougher problem on your hands that may require some more heavy-duty equipment to deal with—steam cleaners, industrial cleaners, etc.
Getting to a stain quickly means you have the best odds of getting it all out before it sets in. This is a crucial step toward dealing with any stain.
2. ‘Dab’ Carpet Stains with a Cleaning Cloth
Next, grab your all-purpose carpet cleaner and spray a paper towel or rag and dab the spot—don’t rub—to get as much of the spill as possible. An important note: do not spray the carpet directly, spray the solution on the actual absorbent rag.
After using the cleaning solution, do the same but with cold water and continue to dab. Afterward, place a small stack of paper towels—weighed down with something heavy—and leave on the spot to absorb as much as possible over a longer period of time.
3. Refresh Carpet Stains with Baking Soda
Post-spill is also an important time. You may see lingering stains that will need continued work, but most likely—especially with urine or strong drinks—you may notice a smell.
In order to refresh the carpet, use baking soda on it to help absorb stuff that may be deeper in the fibers. Spray the spot first with water or a vinegar/water solution then sprinkle with baking soda which will absorb it all. Later, vacuum up the baking soda.
If you own carpets or have ever owned a carpet, you have likely dealt with your fair share of stains, spills, and spots. Though there are a ton of specific solutions to specific stains, these 3 tips will help you combat nearly any stain that comes up in the day-to-day life of a carpet.
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