carpet stain removal

It doesn't matter where it is or what it was caused by— people always notice stains. If a wayward glass of wine or untrained house pet gave your carpet an unwanted makeover, it's important to address it correctly. Consider these tips on how to remove stains from carpet.

The Basic Blotting Technique

As soon as a stain strikes, grab a dry paper towel and blot around the edges of the stain and gradually move from the outside to the inside. After your first round drying the stain, get a new paper towel and repeat the process. Always blot in vertical motion; never scrub. Scrubbing can push the stain further into the carpet and damage individual fibers.

Working with Water-Soluble Stains

Most stains are water-soluble in nature: milk, alcohol-based beverages, soda, wet paint, and a great number of food items not listed here. In most cases, just make a mixture comprising 32 ounces of water and one quarter teaspoon of either white vinegar or non-bleach detergent. Some water-soluble sources—such as blood, wine, coffee, tea, and chocolate—require a little bit more. For these, consider combining one tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of water.

For the more stubborn stains

If gum or wax adhere themselves to your carpet, get some ice to freeze them. After they've been frozen, get a blunt object and shatter the offender. Remove the pieces and blot as standard procedure.

Have a craft project run awry? Get glue out of the carpet by using a cotton ball covered in rubbing alcohol. Then take the newly damp glue off with a paper towel or soft cloth.

Pet owners more than anyone else grasp the importance of knowing how to remove stains from carpet. Even the well-trained pet will have accidents and, for some reason, carpets seem to be a magnet for them. When a urine incident happens in your home, blot it the stain with dry paper towels, and then re-blot with a mixture comprising water and white vinegar in equal parts. After that, apply the 32-ounce water + one quarter teaspoon detergent mixture from earlier.