Carpet Stain Tips
Carpet stains happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. If a stain occurs, make sure to clean it as soon as possible for best results. When cleaning stains it is best to use lukewarm water, and hot water can sometimes make the fresh stain worse.
Common Stain Removal Tips:
Acid Carpet Stains
Use baking soda to neutralize the acid.
Oil Carpet Stains
Dishwash liquid is the best way to remove oil. This works great with clothing, carpet and even baby ducks when there are oil spills.
Bleach Carpet Stains
Remove as much of the bleach as you can by washing with cold water (try not to contaminate other areas of the carpet). For chlorine bleach use 1 tbsp. vinegar for each 600 mls water. Although color can be restored thru carpet dying, it is often not advisable because bleach destroys carpet fibers.
Blood Carpet Stains
Clean areas with salt water and paper towels. If it is someone else’s blood, make sure to wear proper protective clothing (such as gloves).
Candy, Chocolate, Coffee, Cola Drink Carpet Stains
You can use a neutral detergent or white vinegar in water.
Crayon Carpet Stains
Place paper towel over the area with a crayon/wax stain, and place an iron on top (make sure to move the iron around). The wax will melt and go onto the paper towel. Try to not let the iron touch the carpet, as some carpets will burn if the iron touches them directly. You can also use a rag, but throw it away when you are done.
Kool-Aid Carpet Stain Tips
If you spilled dry Kool-Aid – do not clean it with a wet cloth as this will make the stain worse. Try to vacuum up the Kool-Aid. You can also use a lint remover roll, or tape to help pick up the crystals. If it is wet Kool-Aid, use a wet cloth to remove as much Kool-Aid from the carpet as you can.