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How to Remove Stains Out of a Carpet: 4 Common Spills

If you want that comfortable and fresh feeling at home, it’s essential to have everything just the way you like it. One thing that is sure to rupture a peaceful setting in the home is a stain on your carpet that you cannot get rid of.

There is something about fresh, clean carpets that gives your home a certain appeal, and should something tarnish the look of your carpets, it can be a hassle. The main issue is, if there is a stain on the carpet, we tend to reach for anything in the cupboard to clean it, and we can often make things much worse.

When it comes to removing stains from carpets, it’s not about getting rough with a sponge and some hot water; it’s a delicate process that involves a little knowledge and sometimes a soft touch.

So sit back, relax, and let us give you some valuable information on how to remove some of the most stubborn stains around.

1. Removing Coffee 

coffee-stain-on-carpetCoffee is one of those horrid stains on carpet that not only looks incredibly ugly; it can also cause a nasty smell if it’s not tackled quickly.

When it comes to removing coffee, all you have to do is follow these simple steps to remove the stain. Once it’s taken care of, you can sit back and enjoy your clean carpet again with a nice cup of… water.

  1. Take a dry piece of cloth and dab the stain dry. If the spillage is considerable, ensure that you change the cloth, and you don’t want to spread the stain any further around the carpet.
  2. The second step is an important one. Mix 1 ¼ cups of water with ¼ cup of household bleach in a spray bottle and give it a good shake. While this contains bleach, it is safe to use on all polypropylene carpets.
  3. Gently spray the area with the mix and blot out the stain. Have a little warm water at hand and dab at the stain. Repeat this process until the stain is completely gone.

Cleaning coffee stains is as simple as that. While many products can remove coffee stains from carpets, they can be quite dangerous to your family’s health in the long run. The solution above is gentle and won’t hurt your carpet or your respiratory system.

(Recommended Read: Carpet Cleaning and Kids’ Safety)

2. Removing Blood 

Now, the removal of blood from carpets is not just limited to crime scenes as we all have accidents from time to time.

Most people assume that blood is easy to clean from any surface, but the truth is, while the outer layer of the stain may disappear quite easily, blood is a complicated medium and requires the right methods to help remove it.

The following steps, when followed carefully, can help you eradicate bloodstains in no time.

  1. It is essential when blood is dropped onto a carpet, to tackle it as quickly as possible. The first thing you need to do, especially if it’s a warm and sunny day is to remove any sunlight access to the room.
  2.  Apply a small amount of cold water to the stain. While most people will use warm water, this only results in the blood coagulating, and the stain becomes even more stubborn.
  3. Get ahold of some dishwashing liquid and mix it with cold water in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray the solution generously on the stain and allow it to submerge the stain completely.
  5. Dab the stain with a dry cloth until all traces of the stain are gone.

There are often recommendations to use oxi-clean on bloodstains, but as this requires mixing with warm water, this can leave coagulation blocks in between the fibers of the carpet.

3. Removing Ink Stains

If you are a parent or just a little clumsy, you may have fallen victim to one of the most dreaded stains on any carpet, ink.

While most of us have had to suffer a leaking pen inside a pocket or even the embarrassing ‘I was thinking with a pen, and now I have an ink-covered face,’ getting ink on the carpet can often look like an absolute disaster.

If you do have a carpet that looks like it’s lost a fight with a squid, then fear not. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Get hold of some 99.9% isopropyl alcohol and moisten a cloth with it.
  2. Dab the ink stain gently and make sure you don’t scrub at the area.
  3. When the stain is pretty much gone, use a light soap and warm water solution to rinse the area and remove any remaining alcohol from the carpet.

Removing ink is as simple as that, you should also be cautious as a lot of information on the internet says to use nail polish remover and hairspray. Using either of these can be extremely detrimental to your carpet, and over time you will see some nasty damage.

4. Removing Red Wine

cleaning-a-stainWhen it comes to stains, red wine is the super-villain of carpet stains. While there are a lot of ways to remove this that will cost you money, there is a simple and effective way to remove red wine stains using things you probably have at home.

  1. Blot as much of the spillage as you can with a cloth. Remember, the more you can blot up, the less you will have to clean.
  2. After blotting, pour a small amount of cold water on the stain to saturate it. This will help dilute the stain and reduce the sulfite level in the wine.
  3. You now want to repeat the blotting stage again until no more of the stain will come out.
  4. Now take some baking soda and create a paste using three parts baking soda to one part water.
  5. Apply the paste to the stain and leave it to dry. Once dry, vacuum it up and admire your lovely clean carpet.

While there are many ways to remove red wine from carpets, this is one of the most effective, this and of course, drinking white wine.

What If The Carpet Is Too Far Gone?

Sometimes, these tips can just come a little too late, and you are left not knowing what to do. The first thing you should consider is contacting a professional carpet cleaning service. When it comes to tricks and tips, professionals have more tricks up their sleeves than can be imagined.

Obviously, for some, the carpet may just have undergone years of abuse and stains and maybe beyond saving. If this is the case, the best solution would be to start again with a brand new carpet. At least if you do require a brand new carpet, you will now be armed with some incredible tips for tackling some terrifying stains.

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