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How to Clean Nasty Stains From Your Carpet

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No matter what you do, stains will always occur, and you’ll have to deal with them. There are different fabrics and surfaces where they happen, but in my experience they most recently occur on the carpet.

In this post you are going to learn how to clean nasty stains from your valuable rug.

Most effective stain removing methods

Here are actually three ways of dealing with carpet stain removing and you can choose the one you think will work best.

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1st Method

For the first method you’ll need cotton or wool rag. Apply little amount onto the spot and let it sit for then minutes. Wipe with the rag and if the stain still remains, try method number two.

2nd Method

Believe it or not, hair spray can be used for more than just making your hairdo. Spray directly onto the stain and let the textile flooring soak it for ten minutes. Wipe the excess with the rag and see if there is any change.

3rd Method

There is one last thing you can try before using commercial cleaning solution and that is vinegar, of course. Almost anything in the house can be cleaned with vinegar, so why not the carpet. For this cleaner you’ll need equal quantities and the water should we warm. Dip the cloth and dab the spot until there is no trace of the dye stain.

How to deal with the worst stains

Gum

All the housewives who have children know my pain. Yes, kinds make stains and you have to clean them. If you follow a few simple steps, you won’t have any problems removing a gum from your carpet. First, you have to freeze the area, ice cubes in plastic bags are the perfect option. Once the gum is frozen, it will be easy to chop off the particles with a tablespoon or a dull knife. Be careful not to damage the surface. One of the most effective cleaning solutions for almost all kinds of stains is saddle soap. So, buy some and rub it onto the stain with circular motions. Wipe the excess using dry cloth and apply conditioner.

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Mold

Mildew and mold occur when the area was wet and hasn’t dried properly. If you have such a problem, I recommend dealing with it immediately, otherwise you risk bacteria development. The treatment I suggest is a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol equal amounts poured into a spray bottle. Apply to the affected area and wipe with a rag and leave it to dry under direct sunlight. If this doesn’t help, I strongly advise you to hire a professional cleaning company.

Pet stains

To be honest those kinds of stains are not so different from any other you have encountered and for this reason the cleaning techniques are the same. There are some differences regarding the finishing touch and more specifically a way to prevent the pet form making a mess again. So proceed as you would normally do with a stain. If it is solid, remove it with a dull knife or a spoon. If it is liquid, use kitchen paper, but don’t apply too much pressure because you’ll force it deeper into the fabric.

Get a bowl filled with lukewarm water and a clean cloth. Use it to dampen the stain until nothing transfers to the cloth any more. If you’re a pet owner for longer, you’ll know there are specialized pet stain removals. If not, here is a homemade cleaning recipe which should help you remove not only the stain, but also the odour. For the recipe you’ll need half a cup of both vinegar and water, don’t use ammonia because it can encourage the pet to urinate again on the same spot.

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Use a sponge to apply the solvent, but be careful not to scrub the area. After that, gently blot and repeat several times. Leave it for half an hour and sprinkle generously with baking soda. Leave it while you’re making a solution of quarter of a cup filled with hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of liquid dish-washing detergent. Apply directly onto the baking soda and start rubbing with your fingers, so you can force the soda deep into the fibres.

Remember to work your way from the edge towards the center of the stain to avoid spreading it further. One done you’ll have to wait until the area is completely dry and vacuum it thoroughly, you can also beat it up a little to remove any residue which may be left by the dish-washing cleaning solution.

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Author: Bethany Thomson

I'm a wife, a mother and a housewife. I've learned a lot of tricks that help me deal with the household in the fastest way. And I'm going to share them with you.

  • http://cleaningday.co.uk/ Cleaning Day

    Hi, Bethany! Great fan of yours and your articles. I learn a lot every time I have the opportunity to read sth you have penned. Keep up with the good work!

  • http://thehappyhousecleaning.co.uk/ Happy

    Great tips Bethany!

    I’ve had this terrible experience with pet urine stains. The first time the stain was not removed properly and this puppy did it again on the exact same spot! If it isn’t cleaned properly they can sniff it out!

  • http://www.cleaningservicescleaners.co.uk/house-cleaning/SW18-domestic-cleaning-wandsworth.html Elisa Curtis

    Thank you for sharing, Bethany! I didn’t know that I can use a hair sprat for cleaning! This is something really interesting and I can’t wait to try it! I hope it works. And when we are talking about natural cleaners, my favourite is vinegar, but baking soda an lemon juice are great too. So don’t hesitate to try them if you haven’t yet.

  • http://www.timeforyounorthants.co.uk Ellie

    I would never have thought to use hair spray for a stain on the carpet! Getting rid of your pets urine odour can be very challenging!

    However one of my favourite ingredients for cleaning is baking soda it works a treat on most things!

    Thanks for sharing this article with us