When you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home, carpet stains are a fact of life. A spilled glass of wine or some particularly messy food that was dropped and allowed to sit too long are common culprits. The problem is magnified many times over if you have children and pets. Kids are notorious for tracking dirt into a home and spilling food and drinks. Pet vomit or urine can be a challenge for the most effective stain removal solutions.
Don’t let these tough stains ruin the appearance of your carpet, especially when there are numerous ways to get rid of them. Most of the five methods detailed below involve the use of items you probably already have around the house, so all they’ll cost you is a little time and possibly some elbow grease.
If you have white vinegar around the house for adding to salads or for use in cooking, you should know that it’s also a potent carpet cleaner. You’ll just need to spray an equal mixture of white vinegar and water onto a stubborn stain, and then scrub it with a sponge or brush after letting it sit for about 10 minutes. For really tough stains, you can add salt and borax to these two ingredients, which forms a paste when mixed together that you should leave on the stain for a few hours, and then simply vacuum it up after it has dried.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap
Since hydrogen peroxide is an excellent disinfectant for any cuts or scrapes and anyone would be hard pressed not to have dishes that occasionally need washing, these are two products practically everyone is likely to have around the house. As indispensable as they are separately, they are also impressive together when it comes to getting those annoyingly tough stains out of your carpet. It’s such an effective combination that you may find it’s better than some retail carpet cleaning products available at the store.
Pet owners have certainly had to clean up vomit or urine from their carpets occasionally. You may find baking soda to be quite an effective method for accomplishing this. After you’ve removed and wiped up all you can of what originally caused the stain, simply pour some baking soda over the spot, and rub it in with a paper towel. The baking soda will get wet after touching the urine or vomit stain, so leave it on long enough for it to dry completely before vacuuming it up. For grease stains, you can combine it with an equal amount of salt.
People in the know already use club soda for a variety of uses. If you don’t have any WD-40 on hand, just spray some club soda on a rusty screw that won’t turn because the carbon dioxide that makes it fizz will react with and reduce the rust and residue, and then it will turn with ease. On top of this, it enables you to polish chrome with no streaks or spots and bring old, faded jewelry back to life. Additionally, it makes an impressive spot cleaner for those tough carpet stains. For fresh stains, simply soak up whatever caused the stain as completely as possible, and then soak the remaining stain with club soda. After blotting it up, you’ll find it’s made short work of urine, coffee, tea and other tough stains.
Dry Cleaning Fluid
This is one tip you may want to think about before using. Dry cleaning fluid is both toxic and flammable, so if you do use it, make sure to do so in a well ventilated area and to wear gloves before applying it. That said, it is an effective method for removing oil-based stain or ink stains. You need to soak a rag with the fluid, and then thoroughly scrub the stained area. Once you’ve removed the stain, you rinse the dry cleaner fluid off using warm water.