Whether wine spilled or artwork from your 2-year-old, carpet stains can be such a drag! You might think that you won’t be able to remove it anymore, and that means you need to spend more money to replace it with a new one. Don’t fret! There are still solutions to this — here are some carpet cleaning tips to help you remove even the most stubborn stains.

The first step to remove carpet stains is to blot and dry the spot. Make sure to rinse the spot thoroughly with clean water and then, blot again. Keep in mind that scrubbing the carper will not do it any good; in fact, this could damaging to your carpet because scrubbing can ruin carpet fibers.

Here are the stains that you can remove with water:

  • Berries
  • Colas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ice cream
  • Food dyes
  • Gravy
  • Milk
  • Jelly
  • Wet or latex paint
To remove any of the stain listed above, you need a simple cleaning solution that is made up of 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar and mix it with 32 ounces of water.

For tougher stains such as:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Vomit
  • Wine
  • Mustard

Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water. Another solution is chlorine bleach mixed with five parts of water.

However, if you plan to use bleach, make sure only to use it for solution-dyed carpets. Bleach can be harmful to some types of carpet.

Other drastic solutions for your carpet include the use of baking soda and water. To use baking soda, use cold water to soak the stain. Use a clean cloth to remove as much of the stain as you can. If nothing happens, mix 1 part of baking soda with 3 parts of water and apply it on the stain.

Furthermore, you can spray hydrogen peroxide on the stain and pour a small amount of baking soda.

Oil based paints can also be difficult to release. Home painter notes you’ll need to use a solvent to remove these – do NOT use water once this solvent is applied otherwise it can spread and make the staining significantly worse.

Maintaining Your Carpet

Aside from knowing how to remove carpet stains properly, you also need to learn how to maintain your carpet.

Regularly cleaning your carpet is crucial. Focus on high-traffic areas using foam or powdered carpet cleaned. Another useful thing to do is to implement a no-shoes-in-the-house rule. Doing this will keep the dirt outside.

Stock up on the right carpet cleaning materials at home. When you have everything you need, you’ll be able to clean your carpets and remove stains every time you need to. 

On the other hand, if you don’t have time to remove stains on your carpet, or even clean and maintain them, you can always hire a carpet-cleaning service to help you out. Carpet cleaning services are experts in carpets, in which you can guarantee that your carpets will be thoroughly cleaned.

Your carpets are an investment. However, stains are inevitable. Knowing how to handle the stains and maintain your carpet will go a long way. These will help you protect your investments and make them last longer.