How are your carpets looking these days? Chances are, if you’ve got kids, pets, or anyone tramping through your home with any regularity at all, they never look as good as they should. You’ve probably got a few stains that you think might be there forever. There are however, a few tried and tested home remedies for removing carpet stains and these are listed below. You can also find quite a bit of information on carpets and how to take care of them from manufacturers such as Stainmaster; click herefor some examples.
Vinegar and Water
Adding around ¼ teaspoon of vinegar to around 950 ml of water creates a cleanser to take care of most water-soluble stains. This includes most food and drinks, and quite a lot of children’s paints and craft items, including some dyes – if you make sure to buy the water-soluble ones. Make sure you blot any spillage first, and try not to rub the stain if you can avoid it, as this works the colour into the base pad of the carpet and also damages the individual carpet fibres. Just blot away the stain with the vinegar and water mixture, working carefully from the outside in, rinse the carpet with clean water and allow the carpet to dry thoroughly – and repeat this step once more.
Frozen and Gone
This is one most parents have used for years. If your spill is wax, gum, or resin-based in any way, you need to freeze the spillage. Place ice over the stain until it has frozen – then (and here’s the fun bit) get a metal spoon and smash the frozen stuff hard with the back of it. The mess should break into small pieces that can be sucked up by your vacuum cleaner. After this, simply blot the residual mark with clean, fresh water and allow to dry. Remember to clean out your vacuum before the frozen mess melts though, or you could end up with a mess in there too.
Nail Polish Stains
This is quite a common accident if you do your nails in front of the TV of a night. The best way to clear up the unfortunate splash of colour is with a cloth dipped in nail polish remover. It sounds obvious, but most people stare at the bright stain on their lovely carpet and freeze, not knowing what action to take. Stains often look worse than they actually are.
Carpet stains are a sign you’re living a full rich life, but it’s natural to want your home to look as lovely as possible. Most stains are the result of accidents and you may not always have exactly the right kind of stain remover handy. That’s why it’s good to know what household items might be helpful. For the most part, clean water, time, and a few basics from the bathroom or pantry are all you need – along with a little patience and elbow grease.
Do you, or does anyone you know, have any home remedies they use for carpet stains? Let others know in the comments box below.