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DIY Removal of Stains on Carpets

May 18, 2007 by  
Filed under Flooring

You have finally installed the carpet you’ve saved up for so long and by accident, you spill fruit juice on it the first weekend you had a party at your house. Frustrating isn’t it?

A brand new carpet installed less than a week ago and already there is a pool of fruit juice right in the middle. Don’t worry you don’t have to call professional carpet cleaners to clean it and bring it back to shape. You can rid of the stain yourself!

Here’s how to do a DIY Removal of Stains on Carpets

Generally speaking, some stains come out easily while others may require multiple applications of spot remover solution.

As soon as something is spilled on your carpet or rug, the first step is to remove it as soon as possible. Start off by blotting it out with white paper towel until it is almost dry. Never scrub carpets in a circular motion as this can destroy the surface of the carpet.

What type of cleaning solution should you use? If you do not have commercial carpet cleaners available in your home you can use dish washing liquid, household ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl-rubbing alcohol, white vinegar. Put your cleaner in a spray bottle and spray the area with the solution and then blot it out with paper towel right after spraying so it does not filter through in the carpet backing. Make sure to keep the paper towel in place with a heavy object.

For cleaning greasy marks, blot out the stain with paper towel then spray with isopropyl-rubbing alcohol making sure not to let it sink too deeply into the carpet. Always move in one direction only at a time to localize the stain.

Water-based spills are best dealt with a wet vacuum cleaner in order to siphon off as much water and large foreign material as immediately as possible. If the stain has dried, saturate the affected area with tap water without soaking the carpet. Allow to stand for 1 minute then vacuum the area and blot off the rest with paper towels.

For stubborn stains, the best cleaning solutions to use are dish washing liquid or hydrogen peroxide. Blot out the stain, apply the cleaning solution and rinse with ordinary tap water from a spray bottle making sure not to soak your carpet.

Although doing it yourself may require some effort, it is a lot cheaper than hiring professional carpet cleaners who charge by the hour. It is always best to try and clean out your carpet stains yourself before calling in the professionals.

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