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How To Remove A Carpet Stain

Keeping your carpet free of stains is an admirable goal, but one that may require a fair bit of work if you want to be successful. When you inevitably find a stain, your first step should be to determine just what caused it. Did your kids run wild and attempt to reenact the Battle of Bunker Hill with their dinner? Did you place your morning coffee just close enough to the edge of the table for gravity to take over? Did your pets ignore all warnings to keep the mud and dead critters outside? No matter how terrible a stain may look, there’s always a way to fight back.

Removing Pet Stains

  • Pick up what you can. If your pet brought home a little present for you, you’re going to want to put on a pair of gloves first so you can pick up whatever they dropped off and throw it in the trash. If they left behind a wet spot, grab a towel and dab at the mess until it’s reasonably dry; make sure you don’t smear or rub it in though.
  • If the spot is already dry, grab a spray bottle and get it a little moist. Once you’ve done that, apply a stain cleaning product to the area.
  • One of the best ways to deal with any smell is to mix a quarter of a cup of white vinegar with a quart of warm water and use a spray bottle to spritz the solution on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes before grabbing a towel to dab it dry.
  • If these techniques fail, you can also mix a quart of water with some stain removing laundry detergent in a spray bottle, spritz your solution on the stain, and let it sit for a few minutes. After waiting for that little bit, dab it clean with a towel, and if necessary, repeat the process until the stain is gone.

Removing Coffee Stains

  • The sooner you act, the more effective your efforts will be. First off, grab a few towels to dab the spot dry; only dab, never, ever smear or rub. Switch to a clean towel if your first one becomes too dirty.
  • Mix a quarter cup of white vinegar, a quart of water, and a bit of non-bleach detergent in a spray bottle and spritz it over the stain. Let it sit, rinse it off, and repeat as necessary.
  • Pick up some carpet cleaner from the store and follow the directions on the bottle. Before you attempt a full-blown clean, be sure that your carpet can safely handle the cleaner you’re intending to use, and for safety’s sake wear a pair of gloves to protect your skin from potential harm.

Removing Blood Stains

  • Again, the sooner you act, the more effective your efforts will be. Once you’ve made sure that the person responsible for the blood has received the necessary medical care, make sure you’re only using cold water to clean the stain; blood coagulates with heat, while cold will help protect your carpet fibers.
  • Fill a spray bottle with cold water and two tablespoons of grease-fighting liquid dish detergent. Completely soak the stain with the mixture, then dab the stain with a towel. Rinse with cold water and repeat as necessary.
  • Bleach free stain removers like OxiClean are great for removing blood stains from almost any material. While the directions may recommend using warm water, cold water should work just fine in this case. Apply the mixture to the stain, dab at the wet spot with a towel, rinse, and repeat as necessary.

No one wants a carpet covered in stains, but sometimes a home remedy might not be enough. In those cases, call The Maids at (972) 471-9509, or visit our website for a free price estimate. Since we were founded in 1979, The Maids has been one of the leading home cleaning services across the United States and Canada. With locations in more than 90 cities in North America, the clean home you’ve always wanted is just a phone call away.

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