What Causes the Worst Carpet Stains?
All carpets suffer from stains at one point or another, and some stains are worse than others. In this article, we have compiled some of the worst carpet stains you might have to deal with, and how you can effectively deal with each one of them.
Before we take a look at some of the worst carpet stains that are notoriously difficult to remove, keep in mind a few carpet cleaning principles.
First of all, dab. Don’t rub, don’t scrub, dab. Or blot. Doing anything else runs the risk of you getting the stain deeper into the fibers of your carpet, and of you just making the stain worse.
Second, it is always best to deal with a carpet spill or stain as soon as possible. This prevents the stain from working its way deep into your carpets. If you act quickly, and blot out or dab the liquid immediately, you might be able to get the substance out without leaving any residue.
Sometimes, though, you may not be quite as lucky. Below are some of the worst carpet stains you can possibly deal with, along with some ideas or suggestions for dealing with each of them. If you don’t have the patience for it or don’t have the time, call a professional carpet cleaner to deal with the problem as soon as possible.
- Beer stain
Using club soda with a clean cloth, blot out the area of the stain. You might want to use a spray bottle to apply the soda. Allow the soda to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before soaking it up with a sponge. Repeat this as often as necessary to remove the stain.
Finally, rinse the spot with warm water and then leave towels weighted down on the spot with something heavy to absorb any remaining moisture or dampness from the carpet.
- Coffee stain
Using a combination of water, vinegar and laundry detergent, apply this solution to the stain with a spray bottle or a sponge. Then use a clean cloth or paper towels to blot out the solution. You will see that the coffee stain will begin to lift as you dab out the cleaning solution. Simply keep doing this until you manage to lift the coffee stain completely.
You don’t want ink rubbing off when you use it to write, and most pens are designed that way, to provide a semi-permanent ink cartridge for your writing. But what happens if that ink gets on your carpet?
Try using lemon.
- Red wine or Grape juice
Red wine or grape juice is notorious for the stain that it leaves. Addressing it is simple – use the same kind of cleaning solution that you would also use for a coffee stain, and follow the same basic process. Apply the solution, and then dab.
Again, if you were able to do this quickly enough, you might find yourself lifting the red wine or grape juice easily enough from your carpet. If not, and the stain is stubbornly refusing to budge, leave it to the professionals to deal with.
Blood is a naturally occurring liquid that could often get onto a carpet, causing a stain that is especially difficult to remove.
Use your homemade cleaning solution made from water, vinegar and liquid dishwasher over the solution, and then dab with a dry cloth. Keep repeating this until the stain is gone.
If you are not seeing any results, you might want to experiment with using hydrogen peroxide. Beware though that hydrogen peroxide could severely alter the color of your carpet, and you don’t want the blood stain to simply be replaced by a dry white patch. Try testing the hydrogen peroxide on an inconspicuous corner of your carpet first before actually using in on the stain. If the results seem favorable, apply the hydrogen peroxide to the stain, and then blot it out again. With any luck, you might find your efforts beginning to yield results, and the stain beginning to come clean off.
- Pet Stains
No matter if your little pet is housebroken, sometimes accidents just happen. Soak up the liquid as best as you can with newspapers or towels, and then follow it up with cold water, and then drying it out again. Finally, some odor neutralizer or cleaner can help with the lingering scent.
Sometimes when lighting a candle, a drop of wax may fall onto the floor, or on the surface of your carpet. Candlewax can begin to harden almost immediately, after which it becomes extremely difficult to remove, especially if it has embedded itself onto your carpet fibers.
So how do you deal with hardened candle wax? Experts recommend using a hot iron. Place a clean cloth over the hardened wax, and then run the iron over the cloth until the wax begins to melt. If you use a paper towel and iron over it, the melted wax begins to adhere to the paper, and you can simply lift the wax away.
Be sure to stay safe, though – don’t iron the same spot for more than 30 seconds, or you risk burning the carpet.