Carpet is a popular choice in homes, especially homes with young kids and pets. Carpet hides dirt easier, camouflages dog hair, and is soft and comfortable, perfect for a full and busy family. Bedrooms and family rooms are often the rooms the you can find carpet, people like feeling comfortable in these rooms and the carpet helps add warmth that other flooring doesn’t have.
There is one major problem with carpet, it gets dirty and is hard to clean if neglected for too long. While vacuuming and the occasional deep carpet cleaning can keep it looking better for longer, these are simple tasks. As much as we love carpet, there are some things that make carpet hard to care for and may make you want to rip it all out and replace it with tile or hardwood.
Stains—these annoying and devastating little (or big) spots can give your beautiful and cozy carpet a completely new look, one that says your house is a mess and you don’t take care of your flooring like you should. But we know that is not true. You may do everything right to take care of your carpet, but stains will still happen. Especially with kids and pets in the home, stains are almost unavoidable.
We understand you hate stains—we do too. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid carpet altogether or replace all the carpet in your home after one stain appears. All you need to do is learn how to remove stains properly. There are many DIY solutions to removing carpet stains. Knowing how to properly remove stains and what kind of products to use to remove stains can help make living with carpet a lot easier!
At Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, we can provide your home with new carpet and help you learn how to best care for it! We know that carpet is and always will be one of the most popular flooring options, and knowing how to remove stains and keep your carpet looking clean and new will help make it even more popular!
In this blog, we are going to go over the dos and don’ts of carpet stain removal, as well as the best ways to remove different types of stains. If you love your carpet but are sick of stains ruining the look of your home, read on! We will help you learn the best methods to keeping your carpet clean.
While you may think you know the proper techniques and method of cleaning and removing stains, you probably don’t. A Better Homes & Gardens article give some tips and displays a video with the dos and don’ts of removing stains!
Don’t wait to clean it up, clean the mess up right when it happens.
Do use an absorbent towel or cloth to soak up any liquids from the spill.
Don’t scrub, this will spread the stain and could make it worse. Instead, blot the stain.
Do use a stain remover while blotting to soak up any leftover liquids in the stain.
Do spray the stain with the stain remover and blot again with a clean cloth until the stain stops bleeding onto the blotting cloth.
Don’t use too much water or liquid cleaners, over wetting the area can ruin the carpet backing. Water and liquid cleaners should be used in moderation.
Do be sure you rinse after using cleaning solutions, not rinsing may end up leaving the stain area sticky and likely to collect dirt, which may result in another stain!
Don’t let the spot air dry, this may result in noticeable rings. Instead, take an absorbent cloth and cover the stain area and put a heavy object on it to help soak up excess moisture. Once the spot is dry, vacuum to clean up any extra residue.
Now that you know the proper stain removal technique, it is time to take a look at different ways to remove certain types of stains. We will cover some of the most common stains and how to remove them from your beloved carpet. For even more stain removing references and methods check out this awesome guide from Spot Removal Guide!
Most kids love juice, it is as simple as that. Most kids are also quite clumsy and spill—a lot. If your child is drinking juice on your carpet and somehow knocks over their sippy cup spilling it everywhere, your carpet will likely stain. For this example, we are going to pretend that your kiddos love grape juice more than any other type of juice. This is the red wine of kids drinks, and spilling it on carpet results in an automatic freak out. Grape juice will stain your carpet, leaving a nice purplish red spot smack dab in the middle of your white, lush carpet. So, how do you remove it? We will tell you! The Spot Removal Guide give three methods to removing grape juice.
The first uses lemon juice. Pouring some lemon juice right on the stain and using a soft bristle brush to brush it in can help to remove the stain. If the lemon juice doesn’t work, apply some white vinegar to the stain and blot. Once the stain has disappeared, use a foaming carpet cleaning to get rid of any residue.
The second method uses club soda. Wet a cloth with club soda and press it on the stain to absorb the grape juice. Continue this until the stain is no longer visible. If the stain is still visible, pour salt onto the stain, this should help remove the stain and can be vacuumed up after the stain is gone!
In this method, you have to combine a tablespoon of ammonia and two cups of warm water. Use a sponge to blot solution on the stain until it begins to absorb. Blot the stain with a sponge and cold water to rinse it and then blot it dry with a clean cloth.
Red wine stains can ruin your carpet, but by acting fast and treating the stain right away, you can remove it from your carpet. When you spill your wine, before refilling your glass, start cleaning. Take a dry cloth and blot the stain, absorbing as much wine as possible. This will make it so you have less to clean up. Once you have soaked up as much as possible, pour cold water directly on the stain and blot until no more wine is being removed from the stain. Once this is done, mix together baking soda with water, this should be a one to three ratio, with three parts water. Apply this paste to the stain and vacuum it up once it is dry. The stain should be gone! A different method uses vinegar, but we think the first method is simpler!
Pizza and pasta can become a huge mess quickly if you or your kids ever drop any on the ground. The red tomato sauce can stain your carpet and ruin your delicious dinner. So, how do you remove tomato sauce stains? The Spot Removal Guide gives three methods to removing these stains.
Make sure you start cleaning it quickly so the stian doesn’t settle. Soak a cloth or sponge in cold water and blot the stain, working outside in. Next you will want to take a slice of lemon and rub it on the stained area of carpet. Pour water the entire area of the stain and blot with a clean cloth. After the carpet dries, the stain should be gone.
This method is a few extra steps, but should also work to remove the stain. Use a spoon or knife to remove any leftover tomato sauce on your carpet, start from the outside and work your way in. After removing any excess, pour club soda on the stain and press with a damp sponge or cloth. Use a paper towel to soak up any remaining liquid and residue. Mix two cups of cold water with one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and soak a sponge in the solution. Blot the stain with this sponge and then rinse the carpet with cold water and dry.
If the other methods are not completely effective, try method three! In this method, you will use a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and three tablespoons of cold water. Pour this mixture onto the stain and give it time to soak in, cover the spot with a cloth for about half an hour. Check the spot every couple of minutes to be sure it isn’t affecting your carpet color. After 30 minutes, rinse with cold water and dry!
The last stain type we are going to cover is likely to be caused by our furry friends. If you dog or cat pees on the carpet, it may not leave the worst stain, but it will definitely be noticeable, especially if your carpet is light colored.
To remove urine stains from the carpet, you start by blotting the stain with a cloth if it is still wet. Use one-quarter of a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and mix it with warm water. Laundry detergent or dish soap may bleach the carpet, so do not use these. Blot the spot with a cloth and the solution and then rinse with hot water. Do this until the stain fades and then put two tablespoons of ammonia in a cup of water and rinse the spot with this.
These are some of the most common stain types, but there are many more stains and knowing how to care for each of them can help make sure your carpet stays cleaner and looking better for longer. If your current carpet is covered in stains, start from scratch and replace your carpet with new, beautiful carpet from Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring. Contact us today and get an estimate!