How to Rescue Your Carpets

It is inevitable. From birthday parties to game day celebrations, your carpets are going to get messy. There isn’t an age limit to mess so even if you don’t have children knowing how exactly to get specific stains to lift from your carpets is essential for a home owner! Below are some common offenders and the concoction that works best to remove them.

Attack Red Wine with Baking Soda

  1. Blot the stain immediately. Use a clean white cloth to blot up as much of the red wine as you can right away. Alternate parts of the cloth to always blot using a fresh spot.
  2. Add a little water to the stained area. Pour a small amount of water onto the red wine stain on the carpet and continue blotting. The water dilutes the red wine, which makes it easier blot up. Don’t pour too much water at a time and switch out the blotting cloth for a dry one as you work. Continue blotting until no more stain can be removed using this method.
  3. Make a baking soda paste. Mix a paste with a 3to 1 ratio of baking soda to water. Apply the paste directly to the carpet stain and wait for it to dry completely before vacuuming up the dried paste.
  4. Apply a carpet stain remover. If any stain remains, apply a carpet stain remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, the process is to wait until it dries and then vacuum.

Remove Kool Aid with Salt!

Pour table salt to cover the offended area and let it sit for a few minutes while the salt soaks up the stain. Vacuum up the salt. Repeat all these steps until the stain is gone!

Pet Stains

This first approach to get urine stains out of carpet involves liquid dishwashing detergent.

  1. Before doing anything else, if the area is still wet, be sure
  2. to blot the urine stain with a clean towel. You can also use paper towels to help absorb any remaining urine. To prevent further absorption, the faster you do this, the better.
  3. If you have access to any kind of shop-vac, use it to extract any remaining urine. If you don’t have this tool, proceed to the next step.
  4. Take one-quarter teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and mix it with one cup of warm water. Be sure to specifically use this kind, not laundry detergent or dish soap; these may contain bleach or lanolin.
  5. If you have a spray bottle, pour the solution into it. Spray the urine stain, aiming directly onto the carpet.
  6. If you can extract the solution from the carpet using a shop-vac, this is a good next step. Otherwise, you can use a cotton cloth or paper towels after the solution has set into the stain.
  7. After rinsing the area with warm water, repeat steps 1-5, as long as you’re seeing the urine stain gradually fade.
  8. Last, take two tablespoons of ammonia and mix into a cup of water. Rinse and repeat until the stain has disappeared.

Hopefully your carpets stay mess-free! But, if you happen to have one of these accidents, the above tips should come to the rescue.