Different Types of Carpet Stains and How to Treat Them

Even the most dedicated homeowner knows that accidents happen, and that carpet stains are inevitable. However, instead of neglecting them, scrubbing them until the problem gets even worse or trying to hide them by placing furniture on top, you can take a better approach. All you need to do is to learn the most common types of stains and treat them accordingly:

Coffee or tea stains – believe it or not, beer is not only a refreshing beverage, but it can also help you lift off tea or coffee stains from the carpet. Pour some beer on the affected area and gently rub. Depending on how severe the situation is, you might have to repeat the procedure until the stain is completely gone.

Universal carpet cleaning product – no matter what kind of stain you have to deal with, you can always opt for a universal carpet cleaning solution. Even if it does not help, at the very least it will not do any harm. The first option you can try is a mixture of half a gallon of water and 1 cup of ammonia. Apply to the affected area and see what happens. The second universal cleaning mixture includes white vinegar. It is up to you whether to apply equal parts of water and white vinegar to the stain or make the solution even more potent by adding some dishwashing detergent or baking soda to the mix. In case you have to deal with a tougher stain, you can apply a mixture of 1 tbsp vinegar and 1tbsp of cornstarch on the stain and gently rub with a soft cloth. If you spill any paint on the carpet, a solution of equal parts dishwashing detergent and vinegar will come to your rescue. Wipe down the paint with a sponge before it gets dry, then rinse the treated area.

Shaving cream for juice, grease and oil stains – the removal of these stain types usually require a lot of patience on your end, but you can make your life a bit easier if you act right away. Remove any excess liquid with a paper towel, then apply a generous amount of shaving cream to the stain. Blot and wipe down with a damp sponge. If you do not have shaving cream, you can treat the grease and oil stains by sprinkling some salt onto them.

Salt for ketchup stains – salt is the perfect natural remover of ketchup stains from the carpet. Remove the excessive ketchup amount from the carpet, sprinkle some salt, let it sit for a few minutes and vacuum. Rub the area with a sponge and repeat the procedure if needed.

Carpet stains can be very unpleasant indeed, but if you act immediately, you have all chances of removing them. However, the complete removal of stains is possible only via steam carpet cleaning, so don’t forget to book your appointment at least once or twice per year.