Removing a stain from your carpet doesn’t always require costly cleaners. Getting stains out of carpets can be accomplished with everyday household items you probably have around the house already. Wine, juice, blood, ink, pet urine, all of these can be eliminated with effective homemade carpet stain removers. Here are five you may want to try the next time you have an accident on that brand new carpet.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
It’s good for more than treating boo-boos. Hydrogen peroxide can be an effective stain remover for just about any unidentifiable stain you come across. Living in a home with kids, stains often appear out of nowhere and good luck getting a straight answer about its origin. No matter, add 3% hydrogen peroxide to regular toothpaste and blot the mixture into the stain with a cloth. Before long, you should notice it beginning to lift.
This old standby is a popular solution to removing red wine from a carpet. But you must be sure to employ the salt on a wet stain so you can dilute it. Clean the area with a cloth and cold water, then add more salt to the spot and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Vacuum the salt up and you should be good to go. This method is also great for cleaning up ketchup, which can be far more damaging and lasting than red wine when it dries. But if you’re dealing with ketchup, just pour the salt on it first and vacuum. If there’s excess residue, sponge the carpet lightly and apply more salt. Vacuum again. Repeat the process until it’s completely eliminated.
3. Baking Soda
This may be the most widely used solution to eliminating carpet stains because it works so well. A little baking soda combined with mild dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, and warm water can go a long way to releasing those locked-in stains. The reason it works so well is that mixing vinegar with baking soda results in carbon dioxide and that brings thousands of cleaning bubbles to the party. Those bubbles are integral to getting the stain out of your fibers. Just combine all of your ingredients into a spray bottle and spritz it on the affected area.
You may not be as familiar with this concoction, but adding some cornstarch to milk will create a paste that you can apply to ink and other oily and greasy stains on your carpet. Let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum the whole mess up. Depending on the stain, you may not need to use milk. The powdered cornstarch will work all on its own.
5. Club Soda
Red wine, fruit juice, cola, all of these can be eliminated from your carpet with club soda. It’s a much safer and less expensive alternative to those costly carpet stain removing chemicals you can buy at the store. Just be sure you apply your club soda to the stain while it’s still fresh or you may need to rely on those pricey cleansers to fix the problem instead. Just blot the stain of excess moisture and apply the club soda to get the stain up.
If you find none of these solutions are getting the job done, simply call Veteran’s Chem-Dry and we’ll send one of our professional carpet cleaners to remove those stains for you.