No matter how much you try to keep your carpet pristine and immaculate, it is not safe from dirt and grime. It is inevitable that your carpet at home would end up having stains in it, one way or another. Some stains are so tough and stubborn that getting them out is a nightmare. Before you tear out your carpet and your hair because of the stress, here are some of the worst stains you can get on your carpet and tips on how to deal with them.
Dark colored liquids
It is always nice to have a cup of coffee, a glass of red wine, or a refreshing tall serving of soda or grape juice whenever you are relaxing by yourself or with friends or family. When spilled, these dark colored liquids could cause glaring blemishes on your carpet when not cleaned up immediately.
What to do: Immediately use an absorbent towel to absorb the excess liquid. Remember to dab the stain, not rub back and forth. Pour a carpet cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar, dishwashing liquid and water on the stain then dab it again with the cloth. Remember to work fast before it leaves a permanent mark on your rug or carpet.
House pet stains
When you have pets at home, they might relieve themselves on your carpet. This would not only stain, it would also leave a lingering stench that would constantly bother you and your guests.
What to do: Clean it the way you would with dark liquid stains. Remove the stench by using an odor neutralizer, a store-bought cleanser, or white vinegar.
Getting rid of the bloodstains can be a pain in the neck, especially if there is a lot of blood and it has already set on the carpet.
What to do: Try dabbing the area with the dishwashing and water solution. If that does not work, dampen the residual stain with a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Before using this chemical, do a spot check first to make sure it won't discolor your carpet.
Oil and Wax
Motor oil and wax from lipsticks and candle are terribly stubborn stains because the oil from these actually bonds to the carpet, making the stain harder to remove.
What to do: Again, drain the stain as much as possible. Then, apply shaving cream on the oil or wax stain using a small brush or toothbrush. Rinse it away using a sponge and cold water.
Spilling bleach on the carpet is probably the worst stain, as it permanently discolors your carpet in a matter of minutes.
What to do: Blot the stain with a clean cloth. Use dishwashing liquid and water solution and work the stain from the outside going in. If after that, the discoloration is still noticeable, then you have no choice but to cover it up with furniture or just replace your carpet.
Some carpet stains are inevitable and can be tough to deal with, but they are not entirely hopeless cases especially if you act fast in cleaning them.
Written by Tiger Carpet Care, the best carpet cleaning company in Columbia, MO.