Here’s how to clean 5 common carpet stains without professional help
We know it’s a rotten feeling when you find or make a new stain on your carpet, but more often than not there’s no reason to be quite so dismayed. The majority of common stains can be remedied using a homemade solution, a shop-bought cleaning product, or in the worst cases, with the help of a professional cleaning company like Smart Cleaning, York.
We’ve put together a quick list of common stains you can clean yourself at home, along with a few others that unfortunately will almost always require professional attention. Remember, the quicker you remedy a stain using the proper method, the better the outcome is likely to be.
Carpet stains you can clean yourself
You can make chewing gum easier to remove by hardening it, simply by holding a bag of ice, frozen peas or another frozen substance against it. When the gum is hardened, try to lift it off with a blunt knife, taking care to cause as little tearing as possible while you do so. When the gum is removed, dab the affected area with dry kitchen roll to lift up any excess moisture from the icing treatment.
Candlewax and cooking oil
You wouldn’t expect either of these substances to be amongst the easier types of stain to remove, would you? Candlewax, oil and fat stains can usually be removed easily by laying a sheet of kitchen roll over the stain and ironing on a warm setting. The wax or oil should quickly stick to the paper and lift off the carpet. To avoid burning the carpet, never use a hot iron setting, and only iron for short periods of time.
Tea, coffee and alcohol
These three common stains (along with several other common liquid food spills) can be remedied using the following process:
- Dab the stain with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in half a cup of white vinegar
- Leave the solution to dry
- Vacuum the affected area
- For larger or more ingrained stains, add two tablespoons of borax (sodium borate) detergent powder into the mixture
Wouldn’t the world be an amazing place if pets didn’t leave little presents in places they shouldn’t? Unfortunately, they do. Here’s a quick and easy method for cleaning up after them:
- If necessary, remove any solid matter
- Place a paper towel over the affected area, and rest a reasonably heavy object on top to ensure as much moisture as possible is soaked up. Repeat if necessary, and remove the heavy object and paper towel when finished
- Sprinkle baking soda over the affected area – don’t be afraid to use plenty
- Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with a teaspoon of washing-up liquid (any brand will do)
- Use a cloth to massage the mixture into the affected area of carpet
- Leave to rest for 15 minutes
- Vacuum the area
- Repeat if necessary
Here’s a nice easy one, if you catch it early! To clean up a yoghurt stain:
- Remove as much of the yoghurt as possible using a spoon
- Use soda water and kitchen roll to blot the stain until it is removed
- If the stain isn’t lifting, consult a professional
Leave these carpet stains to the professionals
Wet blood stains can be successfully removed using hydrogen peroxide, but this process is extremely delicate and may cause extra staining in itself. Blood stains are generally best left to the experts.
The most feared of all household stains! Sometimes the damage caused by wine spills is impossible to undo fully – but if anyone has a chance, it would be a professional cleaner equipped with the right equipment. If you’re unlucky enough to spill some wine over your carpet, you can limit the damage by gently dabbing up as much you can, applying a very small amount of water, dabbing the area again with a dry paper towel, and repeating several times.
Just as the pen is mightier than the sword, ink can cause more harm to a carpet than your average medieval weapon ever could. Under the right circumstances, ink stains can be improved by a professional cleaner – but this is one stain you really do want to go out of your way to avoid. If, for whatever reason, you believe a particular area of carpet is likely to have ink spilled over it, it may be prudent to consider having that section of carpet pre-emptively treated with ammonia.