Carpets have the magic power to make your home way more warm and cosy, while your feet feel like being in the heaven… But every carpet owner knows, they have a problem letting go of stains.
Some stains are easy for cleaning, while others can bring you a headache. They need special efforts and cleaning solutions.
The carpet cleaning experts from Star Domestic Cleaners have composed a list of the five worst carpet stains and how to remove them. It includes useful tips for effective cleaning your soft floor covering.
To begin with…
Before we get started, there are several good practices you can follow:
- Find out what kind of carpet you have, what material is it made from before you actually start cleaning it.
- Test your stain solution over an unnoticeable hidden area to check how it affects your rugs.
- Do not use an overmuch product and do not scrub or rub the carpet – it will damage it.
So it is time to move on to our list.
1. Stubborn blood spots
There is no way to talk about blood stains without it sounds horrific. A wound, no matter how small it is, is disturbing enough, without the added stress of staining your carpet. But rest assured you can remove the blood spot to a great extent.
We recommend you to smear the stain with a solution of one tablespoon hand dishwashing detergent and one cup of cold water. Then use a dry white cloth to blot the spot, that the blood will transfer to the cloth. Rinse with cold water and repeat until the stain is gone.
Last-gasp effort: If you are still seeing the blood on your rug, you can use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Moisten the remaining stain with it and leave it for an hour. Then soak up it with a clean cloth.
2. Touch of a favourite red wine
Maybe you are one of those people who enjoy the evening with a glass of wine. Doctors say a glass a day is good for the heart, but it is not so fine for your carpet and rugs. Fortunately, there is an easy way to clean it up.
First, absorb as much of the fresh spill as you can, using a clean cloth. Then, mix one tablespoon white vinegar, one tablespoon hand dishwashing liquid, and three tablespoons warm water. Apply the solution to the spot and let the carpet dry. Vacuum gently to remove the rest of the stain.
Last-gasp effort: No one wants a vinegar-scented floor. You can avoid it. Afterwards, you use the solution, soak up the carpet with water and hoover again.
3. Coffee upsets in the morning
Who does not love a cup of aromatic coffee in the morning? Your carpet, rugs and couch certainly do not. Among the hustle in the morning, it is easy to leave a few coffee on them. And that makes your morning even more unpleasant.
We have a decision on that noticeable coffee spots. A coffee stain on the rug should come up easy if you catch it right away. Damp the spilt coffee immediately with water. Add some mild liquid detergent and gently scrub the stain with a sponge. Use a white cloth to absorb the fluid.
Last-gasp effort: If the spot still appears, you can make a coffee removal with vinegar. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar and lukewarm water. Apply the solution onto the stain. Use a sponge to get coffee out of the carpet.
4. Beloved pet’s surprises
In case you are a pet owner, then you know just how frustrating it can be to deal with the occasional “gift” Sparky can leave. Especially when they are onto our clean Persian carpet. But it has no time to panic. Fresh pet stains are effortless to remove.
You can start with the clean up the initial mess. Pick up any debris and blot up any liquids as much as possible. Use clean paper towels and do not rub. Then, spray the area with distilled white vinegar or an enzymatic cleaner, available at pet stores. Leave it overnight, then sponge up the fluid with paper towels.
Last-gasp effort: It is important to neutralize the scent if you do not want your pet to develop a nasty habit. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the spot, let it sit some hours. Now, you can scrape it up and then vacuum.
5. Muddy prints on the carpet
Probably the most common home chore during the winter months is cleaning the mud. Snow and rain make it easy to transfer the mud on your carpet. The problem is worse if you have children or pets.
We recommend you to let the mud dry completely. This seems counterintuitive but the mud is easier to remove dry. Then you can brush or scrape off as much as possible. Vacuum the affected area well.
Last-gasp effort: If there is some mud left, it is time to use a detergent solution. Mix one teaspoon mild detergent and one cup lukewarm water. Apply it to the spot gently, let it dry and vacuum again.
Now you have it, your guide to removing the worst carpet stains. With this knowledge, you are ready to make your carpet spotless and fresh again.