How to Get 5 of the Most Common Stains Out of Your Carpet

How to Get 5 of the Most Common Stains Out of Your Carpet

  • Posted March 28, 2019

If you’ve recently installed new carpet flooring in Columbus, Ohio, stains are probably your worst nightmare. What could be worse than a giant blemish on your beautiful investment? Whether it’s a urine stain from your furry friend or red wine from a party, stains are no fun. Fortunately, carpet stains are easily preventable if you act fast! Here is America’s Floor Source’s guide to removing 5 of the most common household carpet stains:

General Carpet Stain Tips

  • Act quickly. The longer a stain exists on your carpet, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Pre-test stain removal agents in inconspicuous areas. Some cleaning agents could damage your specific type of carpet.
  • Always blot. Never rub! Rubbing a stain will make it worse.
  • Blot the edges of the stain and work your way to its center to prevent rings.

How to Get Pet Urine Out of Carpet

How to Get Pet Urine Out of Carpet

If you own pets, you will undoubtedly have messes to clean up. It’s important to take care of pet stains quickly to prevent the urine smell from lingering in your home after the stain is gone.

  1. Soak up as much moisture as you can by blotting the area with a paper towel or a white cloth.
  2. Mix detergent with warm water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray the stained area liberally, and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Blot the stain with a white towel or a paper towel. Start at the edge of the stain and work your way toward the center. Never rub!
  4. Repeat the steps above with an ammonia or vinegar solution if the detergent solution doesn’t completely remove the stain.

How to Get Red Wine & Juice Stains Out of Carpet

How to Get Red Wine & Juice Stains Out of Carpet

It’s not a party until someone spills something! Red wine and juice dye stains are challenging to remove after they have set in, so make sure to follow these steps quickly:

  1. Blot the stain with a paper towel to absorb as much of the wine as possible.
  2. Pour a bit of cold water directly onto the stain and blot it again. You want to dilute the stain as much as possible before applying a stain remover. Repeat this step until the stain stops improving.
  3. Mix detergent with warm water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray the stain liberally and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Blot the stain with a white towel or a paper towel. Start at the edge of the stain and work your way toward the center. Never rub!
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 with an ammonia or vinegar solution if the detergent solution doesn’t completely remove the stain.
  6. Use 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate to bleach the stain if the steps above don’t work. Soak the area with cold water afterwards and blot until dry.

How to Get Mud Stains Out of Carpet

How to Get Mud Stains Out of Carpet

There’s nothing worse than walking into your home after a rainy day and realizing you forgot to take your shoes off. And if you have pets or kids, we don’t have to tell you how frustrating it is when they track in dirt. April showers are coming, so now is a good time to learn how to remove mud stains from your carpet:

  1. Let the mud dry. Then, use a carpet brush to scrape off as much dirt as possible
  2. Mix detergent with warm water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray the stain liberally and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Blot the stain with a white towel or a paper towel. Start at the edge of the stain and work your way toward the center. Never rub!
  4. Repeat step 3 and 4 with an ammonia or vinegar solution if the detergent solution doesn’t completely remove the stain.
  5. Apply cold water to the stain and blot until dry.
  6. If the stain still isn’t coming out, you can try using paint oil grease remover and dry-cleaning solvent alternatively. Repeat step 5 afterward.

How to Get Blood Stains Out of Carpet

How to Get Blood Stains Out of Carpet

Whether you’ve had a bloody nose or accidentally cut yourself, blood stains happen. Dark blood stains are challenging to get out, so act quickly.

  1. Mix detergent with cool water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray the stain liberally and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Blot the stain.
  2. Mix ammonia with cool water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray the stain liberally and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Blot the stain.
  3. Spray the stain with an enzyme detergent solution and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Blot the stain.
  4. Soak the stain with cool water and blot until dry.
  5. Apply rust remover or an oxalic acid solution if the stain remains.
  6. Bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide if necessary.

How to Get Paint Stains Out of Carpet

How to Get Paint Stains Out of Carpet

If you’ve recently painted your home, chances are you’ve accidentally dripped somewhere. Tarps can only catch so much! When removing paint stains, always check your paint can’s label to see if it is oil or water-based. Here is the best way to remove oil paint stains from your carpet:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent and paint oil grease remover to the stain. Blot until dry.
  2. Weigh down the stain with towels dampened with dry-cleaning solvent for several hours to loosen the paint. Then, blot with dry-cleaning solvent again.
  3. Apply several drops of detergent solution and work it into the stain. Blot until dry.
  4. Apply ammonia solution and blot until dry.
  5. Rinse the area with warm water after the stain is gone and blot until dry.

Stains are always a nightmare, but you’ll be well-equipped to fight them with these tips. Protect your investment by removing stains as soon as you can. If you need more advice on how to remove stubborn carpet stains, visit one of America’s Floor Source’s locations or call us today!

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