Types of Carpet Stains and How to Clean Them

I wished someone designed stain-proof carpet. I remain hopeful (for the sake of all busy moms!) but I know this is quite unlikely because if there’s such an invention, who would need vacuums after that? For now, carpet stains are REAL. And they can be TROUBLESOME.

In this post, I’m sharing 5 tips about carpet stains and how to clean each type of stain. Though I only list down 5 types of stains, truth is; there are other types of stains and you can read up more about them online. For starters, it’ll be good for you to know more about these 5 most common carpet stains and how to clean them.

1. Coffee Or Tea

Coffee stains can happen as you rush for work. Rule number 1 is to always act quickly to clean the stain (never rush off thinking you’ll clean up later!). Remember: quick action save you the hassle of doing extra work.

First, blot (not rub!) the area with a clean towel paper. Then, sprinkle some baking soda or salt on the stain and leave it for half an hour or so. This replaces the function of pre-treatment solution (if you prefer something organic). You can then use a deep clean vacuum to clean the area.

2. Urine

Pet urine is a common form of stain if you have pets roaming in the house. To clean up urine stains, you may want to consider using organic detergent (can be found in most pet shops). I have two methods to suggest here, and you can try either one:
First, layer tower paper on the stain and absorb as much wetness as possible. Then, use a deep cleaner and fill it with water (or good organic/enzyme stain remover) and use it on the stain. Or, you can make a mixture of vinegar and water and apply it on the still-wet area. Next, use a vacuum cleaner to absorb the wetness.

3. Beer Or Wine

Beer stain solution requires you to use vinegar. Or, you can choose chemical-based detergent to pre-treat the area. If you are using vinegar, make sure you dilute it with water and let it sit on the stain for about 10 minutes. Then, use a carpet deep cleaner and clean the area thoroughly. Dishwashing liquid is also a good option as it dissolves the stain easily.

4. Mud

Dried mud can be scrapped off the carpet surface. All you need to do is to let it dry, use a butter knife and gently scrape it off the carpet. Then, pre-treat the area with a remover and use a deep clean vacuum on the stain.

5. Sauces (i.e. Ketchup, Pasta, Barbecue)

As usual, remove as much of the sauce as possible. Using a blot-apply-vacuum technique, apply club soda or cold water on the stain and vacuum the after it dried. If the stain remains, move on to apply detergent, and then vacuum after it’s dry. You can also use ammonia mix (you should pre-test the area to prevent loss of color) followed by hydrogen peroxide. If all these steps seemed complex, buy a suitable detergent for area pre-treatment. Then, use a deep clean vacuum on it.
I hope you choose the right detergent to clean up carpet stains. There are countless types of solutions that’ll work on different stains, not to mention you can make your own organic solution.

Just a reminder though, always follow instructions given on the solution label and don’t attempt to use a higher concentration. You’ll only risk damaging your carpet further! Do share these tips with your friends and relatives.

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