We all love our carpets – they’re vibrant, warm and cushiony. They never fail to give comfort with their lush appeal but what happens when they get stained? How are we going to clean and restore this prized flooring that adds both luxury and comfort?
Well, just keep reading because we have below the steps to clean about just about any stain that can hit carpets and area rugs and some tips to keep the stain off.
There are different types of carpets and area rugs and in order to maintain their good condition and not ruin the fabric or the color whenever spills occur, it’s important to know the different ways of handling each type of stain.
In general, whatever juice or sauce you spill on your carpet floor, the best way to remove the stain is to blot and dry the spot from the outside in. Yes, blot. Do not wipe or scrub as you risk further spreading the stain, damaging carpet fibers and letting the spill get soaked into the carpet pad.
Here are nine common items you can use to remove stains from your rugs and carpets:
Ammonia. Just like its used with upholstery, simply mix a cup of clear ammonia with 2 gallons of warm water and left the stains off the rug or carpet by using the solution with a sponge. Let dry thoroughly and repeat if needed.
Beer. You read that one right. While removing stubborn stains made by caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea seems unlikely, a bit of beer on the top will do the trick easy-breezy. Just pour the brew on top of the stained area, and rub it lightly onto the material and the stain would disappear. The process may be repeated for badly stained areas until all traces of the stain have been removed.
Salt. Spilling red wine on the rug might be the worst thing anyone can do because it can really damage the rugs surface but don’t worry. Salt will come to your rescue, oh yes, common table salt is the answer. Before the spill dries up, pour some white wine on the spot to dilute the color then clean it with sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the secret cleaner then let it sit for 10 minutes and vacuum it up to finish the job.
Vinegar. Vinegar ought to be a wonder cleaning product for your carpets and rugs because it can remove and clear out a number of stains and you can use it in two ways, first as a leave on cleaner: Dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt for lighter stains and borax for darker, heavier ones in half a cup of vinegar. Rub it on the stained area, let it stand for 2 days and the vacuum it away. You can also make a spray-on spot remover by mixing a part of vinegar with five parts of water. You’d also need an accompanying solution of one part ammonia and five parts water. To use: spray and saturate the stain with the vinegar solution. Let it stand for five minutes then blot with a dry cloth. Spray the ammonia solution to the stain and blot again. Repeat until the process is completed.
Cornstarch. Ink is probably one of the most common ruining stains you can have on rugs and carpets but do not fret. We have one wonder solution: add cornstarch to milk to make a paste then apply it to the stained area. Let it dry then brush of the residue and brush the area. Finish off by vacuuming the residue.