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Carpet cleaning tips- how to remove the worst dirty stains out of your carpet in less than 30 minutes
Even using the deep carpet cleaning machine for a while, we have realized that old dirty stains, coffee stains, ink stains; food junk stains could not be easily removed. In this article we will cover several ways to let you completely clean your carpet, either by DIY solutions or commercial solutions.
Coffee stain removal
Spillage of coffee on the carpet is one of the top mishap that could be found. Without proper cleaning, the coffee stains will make your carpet looking grimy and unwelcome. Following a simple step- by –step instruction here, you could remove the coffee stain spots easily.
First, remove excess coffee spillage by white towel. This is the first important step that will remove a great amount of liquid out of the carpet before treating them.
Second, create a mix of vinegar, water and non-bleach detergent. Vinegar is one of the best medium that many housewives use to treat dirty stains over centuries; co-acting with non-bleach detergent will possibly dissolve and remove most of the pigmented components (tannin, caramelized sugars) of coffee.
Third, blot the stains with your mixture, rinse with warm water and blot repeatedly, until the stains faded away.
On the market, there are a lot of products that could treat effectively the coffee stains. You could easily grab in any stores like Wal-mart, WallGreen or on amazon.com with as little as 10 bucks only.
Check out several coffee stain removers that are available on the market here:
- BISSELL 2X Pet Stain & Odor Portable Machine Formula
- Folex Co. FSR32 Folex Instant Carpet Stain Remover – 32 Fl 0z
- Tann-X Coffee Stain Remover, 16OZ
Test a little bit of the mixture on small part of the carpet beforehand to avoid any damage could happen, since certain kinds of carpet, rugs could not withstand the detergent (expensive wool rug for instance).
Check your carpet materials, if it is 100 percent polypropylene made, you could use bleach to create the mixture without harming your carpet. Just replace the detergent by bleach and follow the same steps as above.
Ink stain removal
Ink stain was perhaps the most difficult pigment to remove out of the carpet. Created by complex dyeing molecules, ink will not only stick persistently into the fiber but can even destruct the fibers forever. To remove the ink droplets out of the carpet, thousands of methods and cleaning mediums have been tried so far, and here is the best procedure to get the ink properly out of the carpet:
Wet the white towel with Isopropyl alcohol ( a kind of disinfect medium you can purchase at drug store), then wet the ink stain with your wet towel and let the alcohol penetrate into the stains for 5 minutes. After that, use the carpet cleaner or vacuum machine to remove the liquid out of the carpet.
Repeat the procedure until the ink is completely removed.
Make sure you try a little of the alcohol on a small part of the carpet (probably at the corner or the hidden area), that showing your carpet fiber is not too sensitive to be damaged by the alcohol.
Other solutions that you could try if available is: nail polish removers, vinegars, white wines and so on.
The higher the concentration of the isopropyl alcohol, the better the cleaning result will be. Actually, the drug stores only have 70% concentrated isopropyl alcohol, the 99% medium could easily grab on amazon.com.
Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%, Pint, 16 OZ (grab the cheapest one as you can as there will be no difference between any brand).
Colored food junk stains removal
Colored food liquid could be a nightmare for kitchen carpet. Once it drops on the floor, the messy carpet will irritate our eyes the whole day. With simple treatment steps, you could remove food coloring stains effectively.
First, blot the stain with a dry towel to remove the excessive liquid.
Second, mix vinegar, dish-washing formula, water and soak them evenly in a spraying bottle.
Spray the mixing solution on the carpet stain, let the mixture stand for 5 minutes, blot the sprayed area and spray again. Repeat the circle until the stain is totally removed.
A lot of commercial formulas could treat food dying on the carpet easily. You could try BISSELL® Carpet Cleaning Formulas, RESOLVE® Carpet Cleaners, OxiClean® and more. Be patient to repeat cleaning until the stains faded, it is easier to clean in the short time rather than let the stains on the carpet for days.
Test the mixture on a part of the carpet to assure no negative affect could happen.
Pet stain removal
Pet stain is a frequent type of dirty mess that pet owners always encounter. Not only leaving the stains, the urine always accompanied by a very smelly, disgusting odor that cause a lot of frustration. Here you can find some tips to remove the pet stains from the carpet completely.
First of all, you need to clean up the urine/ peeing fluid out of the carpet. Use the dry towel to blot the wet area to dry the carpet partially. Then, use wet towel to blot the dirty stains and repeat until the mess is completely removed.
To treat the odor effectively, mix the vinegar with water to pray on the stains. Let the mixture there for a while. Then, using the blotting method to remove excessive moisture until the odor is gone.
On the market nowadays, these pet stains removal detergent are quite cheap and easy to buy. You should store one at home if you own an adorable pet and it will let you clean your place more efficiently.
- BISSELL 2X Pet Stain & Odor Portable Machine Formula, 32 ounces, 74R7 that is specialized to treat pet stains
- BISSELL Pet Stain & Odor Pretreat for Carpet & Upholstery, 22 ounces, 0790A
Blood stain removal
Cleaning blood stains on the carpet is a nightmare cleaning task to all of us. Who does not scare of human fluid splattering all the way? However, cleaning blood stain is not as difficult as we may think. Here is a step-by-step instruction to help you remove the blood spots carpet stain.
First, remember to treat the blood stain immediately. The longer time the blood permeates into the carpet, the more struggling time we will have to remove it completely.
Second, make a mixture of cold water + liquid detergent to create a cooling solution. The cold water will be more effective in blood coagulation that prevents the blood to spread and penetrate deeper into the carpet. Then, sprays the mixture on the blood stains, blot the bloody spot by a dry towel and repeat several time until your carpet is completely clean. It is normally to take at least 5 times of the cleaning circle to be able to remove the blood completely.
Hope with these carpet cleaning tips will save your carpet from dirty stains.