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How To Remove Carpet Stains

Updated on October 22, 2011

Hours are spent trying to remove them. You might spend ages trying to scrub them away using the most so called reliable and expensive reagent that you can find in the market or you might waste time using a home made recipe to remove them.

But they still leave their mark. Yes. I am talking about carpet stains. Is your carpet a victim of them? And do you belong to the category that has lost all their hopes of them being gone? Then my advice, don’t give up. Because they can be removed, only most of the people do not know how.

Carpet stains can be of many types. Mostly the common stains found in a carpet of some ones house are the food stains. Usually people feed their carpets along with themselves leaving a mark on their carpet that stubbornly adheres to it. 

Other than the tea, juice or milk stains, oil stains, blood stains, glue and ice-cream stains can also be found on one’s carpet, all these types of stains and few others prove themselves really hard to be removed.

The main problem with these stains is that they penetrate deep into the fur of your carpet and all the effort that you put to completely remove them goes in vain as a faint mark of such stains is always left behind.

The funny part is that these stains actually are easy to remove. And by the end of this most of you will be shocked at your ignorance.

How To Remove Carpet Stains

Mostly people prefer scrubbing the stains using expensive carpet stain removers which not only damages their carpet but also proves to be a complete waste of money and time. Scrubbing these stains is a big no-no and most of the time it’s the idea of scrubbing such stains that does much of the damage.

As said earlier these stains are of various types and have different extends to which they damage your carpet. Following are different procedures for different types of stains.

Tea Coffee Or Juice Stains

The most commonly found tea; coffee and juice stains can easily be removed using the following procedure:

  1. Firstly it’s important to clean the immediate mess rather that to let it dry. So as soon as the fluid is spilled blot the liquid with a blotting paper or a kitchen towel, and be careful, you are NOT to rub the liquid.
  2. Now sprinkle some drops of club soda or tonic water on the stain. And after few seconds dry it using a paper towel.
  3. Put some water on the stain and repeat the process of drying it with a paper towel.
  4. now make a solution of 1/4th of a dish washing liquid and one quart of water and apply small quantity of this solution on the stain and after some time blot the excess liquid
  5. Now sprinkle 3% hydrogen peroxide on the stain and let it stay for approximately four hours. After that blot the excess and reapply hydrogen per oxide letting it stay for 24 hours.

The above procedure works most of the time but if still a faint mark of stain is left behind the 5th step can be repeated again.

Glue Or Paint Stains

Now to remove glue or paint stains, following is the best procedure for it:

  1. Firstly, you are to gently scrape up the mess.
  2. Now mix one table spoon of any dish washing liquid and one cup of water, making a concentrated detergent solution
  3. Now apply the detergent solution on the stain using damp cotton and carefully blot the stain until it is removed.
  4. Now rinse the stain with clean water and dry it.

Wax Stains

They appear to be really hard to remove but actually it is quite easy to remove them. That is how you do it:

  1. Scrape up the stain
  2. Now using preferably a brown paper, completely cover the stain.
  3. The next step is tricky; you are to iron the stain through the paper using a warm iron. But be careful not to heat up the iron much other wise you might end up burning everything.
  4. Continue ironing the stain until it disappears.

Urine or Feces Stains

People with pets face the problem of urine and feces stains on their carpet and these can be a great nuisance as they are pretty hard to remove. Following is the procedure for these stains:

  1. Immediately blot up the mess.
  2. Now make the same detergent solution like made for wax stains and apply it to the stain yet again using damp cotton and blotting the excess liquid.
  3. Now apply undiluted house hold ammonia to the stain.
  4. Now using a fresh piece of cotton apply undiluted vinegar.
  5. Blot up the excess liquid using a fresh piece of cotton.
  6. Apply water to the stain using a sponge and then yet again dry it using cotton.


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