DIY tips & tricks to remove common spills and stains from your carpet
Half awake and you just tripped and spilled your morning coffee all over the carpet – what do you do??!!
Getting stains out of your carpet as soon as they happen is important but it is not always obvious what to do when it happens. That’s why we made this handy infographic for you to refer to. Print it out and keep it on your fridge or bookmark this page as a quick reference.
PAINT: When removing paint from the carpet, time is of the essence! Use a wet, cloth or paper towel to blot as much fresh paint as possible. If the paint is dry, use hot water and a bit of dishwashing detergent. Let sit for a few minutes to soften the paint, then use a utility knife to scrape the paint stain.
RED WINE: Spilled wine on the carpet? Try to blot as much of the wine stain as you can with a dry clean paper towel or cloth. Then mix 2 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar & 2 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Apply to stain and blot until gone.
GREASE: Pizza night grease stains on a carpet can be removed by taking white vinegar in a spray bottle and misting the area. Let soak for a few minutes and wipe the area with a towel soaked in hot water. Blot the carpet with a clean rag.
COFFEE: Getting rid of coffee stains on the carpet is doable. Blot the spill with a paper towel take some mild dishwashing detergent and place it directly on a sponge. Gently rub the stain in a circular motion and blot with a clean dampened paper towel. Make a fresh cup!
BLOOD: How to get blood stains out of a carpet – mix one-half cup of warm water with one tablespoon of ammonia. Use a cloth or sponge to apply the solution directly and blot the stain until the liquid is fully absorbed. Last, use a cloth dampened with cold water and blot dry.
MILK: No use crying over your spilled milk! To get a milk stain out of the carpet, just blot the spilled milk with a paper towel or a clean white cloth and cold water. Do not rub the stain, just keep blotting and replace used paper towels until the stain is gone.
WAX: Removing wax from a carpet is possible. Place a bag/paper towel on the hardened wax and apply slight pressure with a warm iron. Wax will shift onto the material due to the heat. Repeat until gone. (Optional) You can also pretreat it with alcohol.
GUM: How to remove chewing gum from a carpet… go to the freezer! Chewing gum stuck in the carpet can be removed with ice cubes. Place ice cubes in a Ziploc bag on the gum for 30 seconds and when hard use a butter knife to scrape the gum out of the carpet.
NAIL POLISH: Removing nail polish from the carpet… A nail polish spill or drip can be cleaned but only once it dries. Use a butter knife to scrape it off of the carpet. For the remainder of the spill, use a white cloth dampened with alcohol and rub it on the nail polish gently. Blot dry.
MUD: Removing mud stains from the carpet is possible. Muddy shoes can leave a trail on your carpet and grind into the fibers. How to clean? Let the mud dry and scrape with a butter knife, then use warm water with a bit of liquid detergent on a white cloth or paper towel. Blot until clean and dry.
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