Emergency Carpet Cleaning Tips

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Begin by removing the stain-causing substance as soon as possible.  Use spatula, paper cup, cardboard or a plastic card to remove thick “gloppy” stuff.  For liquids, use paper towels or a clean white cloth.  If it’s a dry mess, just vacuum it up.

Pet stains

Nothing smells worse than an old pet stain in the carpet, so act quickly if your pet has an accident.  First, blot up all the urine and rinse the area with warm water.

Mix one teaspoon of a mild, non-alkali, no-bleach detergent to a cup of warm water.  Pour the solution on the stain and blot with a clean towel.  Mix one-third cup of vinegar to two-thirds cup of water and treat the stain with this, and let it stand for 15 minutes, then blot.  Finally, treat the spot with some clean water using a sponge then, blot one more time.  The carpet should be stain free.

Never use ammonia-based cleaner to clean dog urine.  Urine contains ammonia and your dog might think the spot has been permanently marked for his use.

Wine stains

It happens, especially during parties and dinner events when someone accidentally spills wine on your carpet.  If the spill is a red wine, just pour a little white wine on it.  This stops the red wine from staining the fabric.  If there is no white wine handy, shake salt onto the stain and dab with club soda.  A teaspoon of mild detergent mixed with one-third cup of white vinegar and two-thirds cup of water.  Finish cleaning by sponging the spot with clean water.

Coffee stains

Mix half a teaspoon of mild detergent and two cups of water.  Blot the stain with a clean, white towel.  If the stain is stubborn, try blotting it with a part of white vinegar mixed with 1 part of water.  Another way to remove coffee stains on carpet is by using an egg.  Rub a beaten egg yolk into the stain using a clean white cloth, then rinse with warm water.

Gum stains

Here are two tried and tested solutions for removing gum on your carpet.  First is by using ice.  Rub ice on the gum.  When the gum hardens, use a bread knife to remove or scrape it off.  Another is by using peanut butter.  Scrape the excess gum then rub some peanut butter onto the carpet fibers.  After wiping the peanut butter, dab the spot with a mixture of one teaspoon of detergent and a cup of lukewarm water.  Use paper towels to blot the area to help it dry faster.

Greasy stains

An aerosol shaving cream can do wonders in getting rid of greasy stains on your carpet.  Spread the shaving cream onto the carpet fibers and gently work the foam into it.  Let the foam dry then vacuum away the residue.

Fruit stains

Wet the stain with clean water and gently rub in salt.  Allow it to set for a few minutes then brush it out and vacuum.  Repeat if necessary.

If the stain hasn’t set there is a chance you can remove the blood from a carpet.  Make a paste of cornstarch and cold water.  Rub the mixture onto the carpet gently and let it set.  When it dries and hardens, crack it with a hammer or mallet then vacuum the powder.  Repeat if necessary.

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