First aid for your carpet – how to treat tricky stains!

Posted on Nov. 16, 2015 by Canada Post in smartmoves

Is there anything more frustrating than a hard-to-remove stain on your carpet? When it comes to keeping your floors clean, sometimes accidents happen. Before you despair, try these easy cleaning tips to repair any stain. For the top culprits of carpet chaos – kool-aid, pet stains, coffee, blood, and ink – use these solutions to help!

Don’t wait – treat the stain immediately

No matter what, the sooner you treat a stain, the more success you will have. A fresh stain will lift more easily. Start off with a dry towel and gently pat the stain, letting the towel soak up as much of the stain as possible.

Do this until the carpet is almost dry – but be careful not to rub. You don’t want to push stains further into the carpet fibres or into the carpet pad.

Gently clean your carpet

If you are not sure how to proceed, always use cold water. Sometimes hot water can cause your carpet to absorb the stain more deeply.

If your stain has dried before you can get to it, moisten it with cold water before you start to clean it. Here are a few different stain-removing solutions you can use:

  • Spray a mix of ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon dish soap, and 1 cup water on the stain. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes, then get a clean towel to blot again. Repeat until the stain is gone.
  • Spray a mix of 4 cups (or approximately 1 litre) of water with stain removing clothes detergent – soak, blot and repeat.
  • Got an ink stain? Treat it like a paint stain – use a cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol (sometimes called rubbing alcohol) and dab it gently on the stain. Be careful with other alcohol solvents like nail polish remover or paint thinner. Always test a small hidden area on your carpet to make sure you don’t bleach the colour.

Got a stinky stain?

For stains that smell unpleasant, after cleaning them you can mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ½ cup of water. Spray on the stain and let it soak, then blot it with a clean towel till dry. This should fight even the tough odour of pet stains.

Some store-bought options…

If you want to leave the stain-removal to the experts, you can rent a heavy duty steam cleaner for carpets from your local hardware store. Commercial solutions from Bissell and even Oxyclean can be very effective as well. 

When in doubt – call the experts! Look up your local cleaning service and give them a call, they may be able to come remove the stain for you or give you tips on how to proceed.

Best of luck! Here’s to clean and stain-free carpets in your home. Do you have any tips for us? What do you do to fight accidental stains at home? Share your ideas in the comments below:

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