Tips for Removing Common Carpet Stains

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Don’t stress out life’s “oops” moments. Here’s how to remove carpet stains using common household ingredients:

1. Remove excess right away.
Time is of the essence. Scrape off excess solid and blot away excess liquid before they become permanent stains. Do not rub the carpet! It will only spread the stain.

2. Apply stain remover.
Spray the stain with a gentle cleaning mixture and blot repeatedly with an absorbent cloth. 

For general stains, use this mixture:
  • 1 teaspoon mild dishwashing liquid
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar


3. Rinse and blot dry.
Blot stain with water, then blot dry. Repeat. Cover area with cloth or paper towels, weighted down by a heavy object, and leave overnight. 


How to clean specific spills:

Beer, wine, coffee and tea
Blot with white vinegar and water, then work a small amount of a detergent and water into the spot. Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed. Spray with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply paper towels and weigh them down until dry.

Blood, catsup, cheese, chocolate, cola, cough syrup, mixed drinks, soft drinks, soy sauce, starch, toothpaste, white glue
Blot and neutralize the spot with an ammonia solution. Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution and blotting until spot is removed. Rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down and allow to dry.

Mud and dirt
Allow mud to dry completely. Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum. For dirt, apply a small amount of a detergent solution and blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area. Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.

Source: Mohawk Flooring