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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Home Remedies - How To Remove Stains from Your Carpet

woman cleaning carpet stains
It's a very high possibility that we have all experienced the frustration of trying to get out those annoying stains from our carpets and rugs. Most of the time it seems that even those supposedly, high powered, store bought expensive cleaning solutions don't even work. Usually the best you can hope for with those elixirs is to dull the stains.

Then we've all been through the hiring of the professional carpet cleaners, who come in and when you just want some stubborn stains removed, want to charge you an arm and a leg to do the whole house. Even if you elect to not have your whole house carpets cleaned and you opt for just the room where the stains are at, it's still gonna run you close to a hundred bucks to get it done, with no guarantee of getting the stain that bugs you the most out.

How to remove stains is no joke. It's hard. And its stressful and time consuming. Who likes it! Removing stains on a hard surface is usually not as bad to undertake. But who looks forward to any of it...not me thats for sure. If your like me it sucks to see those carpet stains everytime you walk by it.

So you buckle down and try your darnedest to get it out. I hope you have better luck than me. So I decided to try and bring to you in this article some self made home remedies to stain removing. I scoured the internet to find some of the best I believe, of carpet stain removal ideas from other people who have tried them and seem to have had good luck with them.

Maybe we can pick up a tid bit or 2 that will help us out as well. So without further growling let's get on with it and see what they are. I'll use mostly remedies for some of the toughest stains in this article for you.

Up first -
  • Blood Stains
guilty puppy it wasn't me
The person that used this idea said blot the majority of the blood stain up with a paper towel. Then neutralize it with a mixture of 1/2 cup of water and 1 Tbsp. of clear ammonia. Blot the stain with this to remove the excess moisture using a white paper towel.

Then mix a solution of 1 quart cool water and 1/4 tsp. of dish detergent. The unbleached type. Joy or Dawn dishwashing liquid are good for this. Blotting the stain to work the solution into the area. If you see the stain being removed continue on. Then use a spray bottle filled with cool water to rinse. Then make a pad of paper towels, lay them on the area and place a heavy book over the top of that to absorb the moisture.

If all the stain doesn't come out, moisten the outer area with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Let that stand for an hour or so. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Using the heavy book each time.
  • Grease and Oil Stains
This person said for this stain, to spray the area with an ammonia and water mix (50-50) with a few drops of liquid soap added for increased "wetability". Don't let the liquid set for more than a few seconds, then use a shop vacuum or wet vac and suck up the stain. Repeat until the stain is gone and then vacuum till the area is dry. This is about a 5 minute process.
  • Ink and Nail Polish
This person says, use hair spray to remove these. Just spray the stained area and dab with a paper towel. Also, I have heard that even WD-40 works good for this as well.
  • Chewing Gum - The Ground in or Stepped in kind
This person says to spray WD-40 on the area and rub it with a cloth after a minute or two. It may take a couple applications, depending on how much gum is in the carpet. The WD-40 breaks down the gum. This person says they had been trying for 6 months to get the gum out of the carpet, and it took just 10 minutes with WD-40. Good stuff!!
  • Red Wine, Coffee and Tea Stains
red wine spill stainsThis person's idea for this is to pour soda water over the stain then use a clean dry towel and blot dry. Sounds pretty simple, I'd have to try that in a conspicuous place first to see.
A couple people had some good ideas here. Here we go with WD-40 again. This person says, spray WD-40 on a paper towel then blot the tar spot using a clean towel each time (don't rub it). The WD-40 dissolves the tar. Another person says, I use baking soda and Mr. Clean and it really works.

Another person said, I find the best thing to use on tar is Eucalyptus Oil. And it works great on all fabrics. Carpets, Clothes, and Shoes etc..
  • Grape and Grape Juice Stains
This person says to use Dawn Dishwashing liquid for these. Pour a little bit on a clean towel and blot it out but do not rub the area. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. Hmmmm....wonder if WD-40 will work for this to? Oh well, just sayin...
  • Kool-Aid Stains
kool-aid stains grape
This person says for Kool-aid, take a wet white cloth and place it on top of the stain. Then place a warm iron on low setting, on top of the white cloth. Leave on the stain for 15 minutes. Repeat until the stain is gone.

The Unstainable Conclusion

Wow these are some interesting home remedies for removing stains and some of the toughest stains known to man! I probably haven't covered them all but I think I got most of them for you here. While searching for these ideas I came across a lot of things for which WD-40 will take care of. Not just carpet stains and fabrics.

But, perhaps thats a post for a later date. If you have any more ideas for carpet stain removal of your own that have worked for you then, please by all means share them here with us in the comments section. The more homegrown ideas we can come up with that work, the more money we'll all save from spending it on those store bought elixirs that don't work most of the time.

We all look forward to your ideas, so please share them with us.....

Thanks for coming by...


Great blog, I really like the tips on various kind of stains removal methods. I want to suggest one more which professional 'Micro-absorbent bonnet cleaning method.'
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