Carpet Stain Removal: Pro Tips and Tricks
You have a gorgeous carpet that has a red wine stain in the middle of it. You have a few options. You can either toss the carpet, live with the stain or try to remove it. We’re going to try to remove it.
First, blot the stain rather than rubbing it. Rubbing will push the stain particles into the carpet fibers, which could break down those fibers. Blotting puts a little pressure on the stain to soak it up.
Pro Tip: Make sure you blot from the outside of the stain in, because if you blot outward, you can spread the stain.
Next, blot the area with club soda on a cloth. If that fails, mix one part white vinegar and one part water, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the area, and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Then use a clean sponge on the area to blot the solution and the stain.
If the stain isn’t removed, repeat the process.
If this failed, try plain shaving cream. Apply it directly to the stain and let it sit for about a half hour before blotting it away with a dry white cloth. Then, spray the area with the vinegar mixture, and wipe it away with a cloth.
There’s a different method for grease stains. For these, use a drop of dishwashing detergent in a cup of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, and spray it on the stain before blotting it. You may need to do this multiple times.
If all else fails, you’ll need a cleaning professional to really get those stains out of your carpet.