Carpet Cleaning: 3 Common Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

If you have kids or pets at home, the chances of having carpet stain issues at some point are high.

Be prepared in the case of a carpet stain situation. Here are five of the most common carpet stains and how to remove them.

Pet stains

Aside from making your house smell, pet urine can damage your carpet if not dealt with immediately. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Clean up any mess and soak up excess moisture.
  2. If the stain has dried up, moisten it with a special carpet stain cleaning product specifically for pet stains.
  3. To remove odor and spot, you can mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and ½ cup of warm water. Spray onto the stain and allow it to soak in the carpet for several minutes.
  4. Blot until the pet stain is gone.

Spilled Juice, Wine or Other Colored Drinks

Having kids and occasional guests at home can get your carpet easily stained by spilled juices, wine or other colored drinks. Here’s how you can get the dye out of the carpet:

  1. Blot the stain with a dry white towel. Do not rub.
  2. Spray the stained area with a carpet stain removal product or with a diy solution composed of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon dish soap and water.
  3. Allow the product/mixture to soak for a t least 5 minutes.
  4. Blot until the stain is removed.

Ink Stains

Inks can be hard to remove when not addressed immediately. As soon as after the spill happens, here’s what you should do.

  1. Take a cloth with isopropyl alcohol and  dab it on the ink stained carpet spot. DO NOT RUB to avoid spreading of the ink.
  2. Hairsprays and nail polish removers may work but using them may be risky as they can affect the quality and color of the carpet.
  3. Rinse with water, blot or vacuum until spot is dry.

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