Red wine stain on the carpet? We’ve all been there. It seems that whatever’s not supposed to end up on the carpet, at one point or another, does. Whether its grape juice, wine, dinner, or mud (to name a few) carpet stains happen. But there is no reason to panic because there are plenty of products and carpet cleaning methods you can use to remove those everyday stains.
Before You Start Cleaning Carpet Stains, Remember this!
The number one rule for removing carpet stains is not to scrub! Scrubbing the stain often causes more damage, ruining the fibres and working the stain further into the carpet. The best method is always to blot. Remember that the next time you spill a glass of red wine.
Now that we’ve got the important bit out of the way, let’s take a look at some of those everyday stains and how to remove them effectively.
If You Spill Fat, Wax, or Oil onto the Carpet
Spilling fat, wax, or oil onto your carpet can cause significant worry that the carpet is completely ruined. However, this may not be the case. There is a method you can use to remove spilt oil, wax, or fat from your carpet. Simply place a paper towel over the carpet stain and iron it on a warm setting. The heat from the iron will draw the wax, fat, or oil out of the carpet, causing it to stick to the paper towel. And all you have to do is throw away the evidence!
It really is that easy.
How to Remove Nail Polish Spills on Your Carpet
Have you ever knocked over a bottle of nail polish while getting ready for a night out? The bright colour can cause a terribly noticeable stain on your carpet. However, there is an effective removal method. Simply blot the area with a cloth dipped in nail polish remover. You will see the nail polish lift away from the carpet. To fully remove the nail polish stain from your carpet, you may have to repeat the process a couple of times.
How to Remove Urine Carpet Stains
Whether it’s urine from a potty-training incident gone wrong or from a pet, urine stains in the carpet can be smelly and it’s important they are treated properly. To begin with, absorb as of the urine much as possible using white towels, then blot the area with a damp cloth. Next, use a solution of one-part vinegar and one-part water and spray it over the affected area. This will help get rid of the stain and tackle the smell. To ensure the urine stain is completely removed from your carpet, mix ½ a teaspoon of nonbleach detergent with 32 ounces of water and give the area a good rinse and blot dry.
How to Remove a Red Wine Carpet Stain
Dropping red wine onto the carpet can be stressful for anyone. Thankfully, there is an effective removal method that completely gets rid of the evidence. The moment the red wine is spilt on the carpet, you must start blotting straight away. With a white cloth, blot at the stain as much as you can. The more wine you soak up, the less that will sink into the carpet. After you’ve finished blotting, pour a bit of cold water directly onto the wine stain. The cold water helps to dilute the carpet stain, making blotting easier. Continue blotting until there is no more red wine showing on the white rag.
After blotting the carpet, prepare a baking soda paste by missing a three-to-one ratio of water to baking soda and applying it to the affected area. Once the paste has had time to dry, vacuum the stain and see your carpet completely restored!
How to Remove Grass Stains from the Carpet
Grass stains are a common problem in many busy households – especially those with children! When you discover a grass stain on your carpet, it’s best to tackle the stain as soon as you possibly can. Like most stain types, grass stains will sink further into the carpet with every minute that passes, so they must be tackled promptly.
The first thing to do upon discovering a grass stain is to hoover it using the suction tool. Then, using a white, wet cloth begin to blot the grass stain. Once the stain has been blotted, use a household cleaner with a pH level of 7 and apply it directly onto the stain. As you continue blotting the grass stain, you should see it gradually disappear from the carpet.
Be Sure to Maintain Your Carpets Regularly
If you are lucky enough not to have any carpet stains, you should still be diligent at maintaining your carpets regularly. Aim to have your carpets thoroughly and professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. This will ensure they maintain they colour, cleanliness and stay clean.