Removing Stains from Carpet – Tips & Tricks
How do you keep your carpets looking their absolute best? First and foremost, there is no substitute for having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, twice if you have children or pets.
Now, between professional cleanings, there are several precautions you can take for healthier, longer-lasting carpets. We always say, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! Vacuum the dirt, hair, pet dander, skin cells and dust mites out of your carpets 1-2 times per week to keep them as healthy and clean as possible.
As for a spilled red wine or muddy paw tracks, these stains require immediate action. Here, we share a few quick tips and tricks that will help your carpets look their best no matter how rowdy pets and party guests might get. You’re also welcome to contact us if you need even more ideas. We’re here to help!
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Your Carpet
Coffee stains can be tricky, but here are some steps to help you remove coffee stains from your carpet:
- Blot to absorb as much of the liquid as possible
- Mix one tablespoon white vinegar with one tablespoon liquid dish soap and 2 cups warm water
- Blot the solution on the stain with a clean rag
- Sponge the stain with cold water
- Blot dry
How to Remove Red Wine from Carpets
To get red wine out of your carpet, you want to blot it immediately with a towel. Then, use a sponge to apply a mixture of water, dish soap, and white vinegar. The mixture should be made of:
- Two cups warm water
- One tablespoon of dish soap
- One tablespoon white vinegar
Follow this with cold water and blot it dry. Continue this process until the stain has disappeared. Should the stain remain, our carpet cleaning services can get it out.
How to Get Mud Out of Carpet
The best way to get mud out of your carpet is to do the following:
- Let the mud dry
- Vacuum up as much of the mud as possible
- Make a mixture of one-teaspoon dish soap and one cup warm water
- Blot the stain over and over with a clean rag until the stain dissipates
How to Get Grass Stains Out of Carpet
If your little ones accidentally leave grass stains on your carpets, you may not know what steps to take. The best option is to call our professional carpet cleaners, but here are a few steps to try first:
- Make a mixture of a quarter teaspoon of mild laundry detergent and 1 cup of cold water
- Blot the stain with a clean towel, working from the outside of the stain to its interior
- Keep blotting, then blot even more until the stain is no longer visible
How to Get Blood Stains Out of Carpet
Blood stains can be tricky because the biological components in blood react to substances differently than many other stains. Here are some tips on how to clean blood stains from the carpet:
- Work quickly!
- If the stain is fresh, use cold water
- Use hot water to reactivate an old stain
- Mix one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent with 2 cups water
- Blot the stain with a clean cloth
The Best Way to Get Candle Wax Out of Your Carpets
When a hot candle is accidentally spilled onto the carpet, you may be thinking that there’s no chance you’ll get that wax out. While calling our expert carpet cleaners is the most-likely way to remove the wax and clean the stain, here’s a home remedy you can try:
- Get an iron hot
- Get some newspaper and place it on top of the wax
- Hold the iron over the newspaper carefully. Do not let it touch the newspaper! Just hover over the top to heat the wax that is underneath the newspaper.
- Remove the newspaper once it has absorbed some of the wax
- Lay down clean newspaper and repeat the process until all of the wax is gone
How to Get Old Stains Out of Carpet
Sometimes, you’ll encounter old stains that return even after a truck-mounted carpet cleaner came to your house. What’s happening is a process known as wicking. These companies dump gallons of water and soap into your carpets. All of this liquid, along with the substances that caused the stain, are then absorbed by the carpet pad below. Over time, the stain will make its way back up through the carpet fibers to reappear. How frustrating is that?
At CitruSolution Carpet Cleaning, we treat these areas with a defoamer that will eliminate the excess soap and allow our low-moisture carpet cleaning process to clean what others left behind.