While there are a number of stains that need professional attention, there are also many that you can take care of yourself with a little elbow grease and attention to detail. Here are our best DIY carpet stain removal tips:
Begin With the Best
Don’t skimp on the necessary materials. Make sure you are using the proper cleaning products, the right type of wipes and towels and that you are following all prescribed steps. Stain removal requires a certain sequence, one that if you skip or miss a step, the results may not turn out as expected.
Homemade Carpet Stain Removers
There are numerous DIY stain removal recipes online. Two of the most common are:
- One cup white vinegar + Two cups water
- One Tablespoon white vinegar + One Tablespoon Dawn dish soap + Two cups water
Mix in bowl or spray bottle. Spray or apply with a light-colored cloth. Tougher stains including black coffee, red wine, blood or mustard may need to be treated with a mixture of 1 tbsp. ammonia mixed with 1 cup water, unless the carpet is wool or a wool-blend, then use 1 tbsp. Dawn dish detergent and water.
Removing the Stain
Begin by blotting the stain with an absorbent white or light colored towel. Using a light colored cloth allows you to see when the majority of the stain has been absorbed. Spray or blot the cleaning solution on the stain then wait 10-15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Blot again to remove any excess liquid. If the stain is still visible repeat the process. It is important to remember to always blot, never scrub, as scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers.
Tackling Tougher Stains
Fat or oil based stains can be removed though it is a longer process. First sprinkle the spot with baking soda and let sit for at least six hours before vacuuming. Then take a clean cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol and gently blot. Another method is to use a warm iron and paper towels. Lay the towels over the stain and then iron. The heat from the iron should allow the stain to lift off the carpet and adhere to the paper towel.
For candle wax or gum use a dull edged knife to scrape away as much of the harden material as possible, then lay a plastic bag of ice cubes over the area. After a few hours remove the bag, rescrape, and vacuum the remaining pieces. If necessary treat the spot one last time with a commercial dry solvent carpet cleaner.
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