Cleaning Cleaning Tips: Tips for Cleaning Your Carpet / Removing Carpet Stains

Cleaning Carpet Stain and Removal Tips Using Household Products




Scotchgard or Stain-resistant Coating:

Pet owners, concerned about toxicities pertaining to the chemicals / fluorochemicals utilized to render material or carpeting stain-resistant, are looking for a safer alternative. The following is recommended as a safer alternative (not tested by us).

Slivers of unscented paraffin wax are melted in a spray bottle of hot water. Then treat your couches or carpets by spraying lightly.



Sanitizing Carpets / General Cleaning

  • Vapor / Steam Cleaning Machines are great for sanitizing and cleaning carpets.


  • TIP: Skip the expensive and toxic carpet cleaning solution, however. Instead, add clear vinegar or GSE to the cleaning water instead. water.


  • Safe Alternatives to Chemical Cleaning Solutions are:

    • Bi-O-Kleen brand "Bac-Out" Stain and Odor Remover - Removes the toughest organic stains & odors; excellent for pet/laundry/carpet stains & odors, cloth diapers; no harsh fumes, etc.

    • Bi-0-Kleen also makes a hydrogen peroxide powdered bleach (non-chlorine): Mix in water to get stains out of white cloth, vertical blinds etc. Also white vinegar and water works well in a pinch.



Self Help Carpet Cleaning Tips & Stain Removal

  • If spot is wet, blot it, don't rub. Rubbing spreads the soil.
  • If spot is dry, loosen soil and vacuum away prior to moistening it.
  • Always rinse cleaned area thoroughly. If not removed, cleaning products may cause the cleaned area to attract soil.
  • When taking out stains, always use a white cloth.
  • Clean spots and stains immediately. You will have much better chance of removing them.

To use the chart below provides instructions on how to treat common stains (please follow preceding instructions first - if applicable):

Types of Carpet Stains Solution

Ball pen (ink)

Apply Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.
Beer Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with the white vinegar solution. Saturate spot, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.
Blood Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels. All solutions for removing blood must be cool.
Candle wax or other types of wax. Spread brown paper (such as grocery bag) or a terry cloth towel over the area and iron with the setting on "warm." The wax will be absorbed into the paper or towel. Remove any traces with alcohol or dry cleaning fluid.
Catsup Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.
Cheese Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Chocolate Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Chewing gum Freeze the gum using an ice cube. Shatter the frozen gum with a knife handle and vacuum. Some citrus based products such as De-Solv-It* by Orange-Sol have been demonstrated to break down the sticki- ness of gum so that it can be removed.
*De-Solv-It is a registered tredemark of Orange-Sol
Coffee Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with the white vinegar solution. Saturate spot, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.

Cooking Oil

Apply Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.
Copier material Vacuum using crevice tool of vacuum cleaner to remove the soot. If all, or most, of the soot has not been removed, call a professional cleaner. If vacuuming has removed all particles remove any trace by applying small amount of dry cleaning solvent or alcohol (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores). Use small amounts to prevent possible damage to sizing, backings or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.
Cough syrup Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Egg, excrement Remove as much of the stain as possible by using a spoon or dull knife. Blot up as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize by spraying the affected area with the ammonia solution. Care should be taken to remove all protein matter. Blot to remove excess moisture, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.
Graphite Vacuum using crevice tool of vacuum cleaner to remove the soot. If all, or most, of the soot has not been removed, call a professional cleaner. If vacuuming has removed all particles remove any trace by applying small amount of dry cleaning solvent or alcohol (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores). Use small amounts to prevent possible damage to sizing, backings or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.

Grease and Oil

Remove as much as possible with knife AND through blotting. Then apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.

Gum Freeze gum with ice cubes and chip off what you can with the blunt side of a kitchen knife. DeSolveit removes the rest.
Ink Most janitorial companies or department stores carry a product called DeSolvit. WD40 or Orange Clean also work wonders at removing these stubborn stains. Rubbing alcohol removes ink. Blot on, allow to set 30 minutes and blot to remove. Rinse with sudsy water. Magic marker is generally permanent and you may not be able to remove it.

Lipstick

Remove as much as possible with blotting then apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.

Magic marker Most janitorial companies or department stores carry a product called DeSolvit. WD40 or Orange Clean also work wonders at removing these stubborn stains. Rubbing alcohol removes ink. Blot on, allow to set 30 minutes and blot to remove. Rinse with sudsy water. Magic marker is generally permanent and you may not be able to remove it.

Milk

Remove as much as possible with blotting then apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.

Mixed drinks Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Mud Allow mud to dry completely. Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife and vacuum. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.
Nail Polish Remove as much of the nail polish as possible using a spoon or dull knife. Apply a non oily nail polish remover to a clean white cloth and gently rub (in only one direction at a time) or blot the spot. Continue until spot is removed. Do not allow nail polish remover to get to the latex backing. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.
Oil Most janitorial companies or department stores carry a product called DeSolvit. WD40 or Orange Clean also work wonders at removing these stubborn stains. Rubbing alcohol removes ink. Blot on, allow to set 30 minutes and blot to remove. Rinse with sudsy water.

Paint Stains

Remove as much as possible with blotting. DO NOT RUB. Then apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.

Perfume Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with the white vinegar solution. Saturate spot, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.

Play Doh

Allow play doh to dry completely if it has been rubbed in. Remove as much as possible with knife. Apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol ( grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.

Red Wine

Club soda works great at removing red wine stains of upholstery or carpets.
Red Dye Stains (found in drink mixes, popsicles, dog and cat food) Remove red dye stains with a 30/70 solution of peroxide to water. Remember, peroxide is bleach, so test an inconspicuous spot first for color fastness. Apply the mixture, wait 30 minutes, then remove as much moisture as possible and rinse with a vinegar/water solution. If the stain remains, add a bit more peroxide to the mixture and retreat.
Rust

To remove rust from carpets or other like material, use rubbing alcohol and a clean paper towel. Mix 1 part alcohol with 3 parts water. Put in a spray bottle. Spray the area and blot with paper towels. Repeat until the rust is gone. If no rubbing alcohol is available, you can saturate the spot with lemon juice, using a spray bottle, allow to remain for 5 minutes. To remove the lemon juice, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels. If this does not work, and it may not, call a professional. Most rust removers contain a very strong acid and are, therefore, not recommended for use by homeowners.

Salad Dressing

Remove as much as possible with blotting, then apply Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (grocery store) by pouring some onto a clean, white towel or other cloth. Paper towels can be used as long as they are white. Blot until as much as possible until stain is removed. Be careful. If the stain is small, blot in one direction only so that you do not spread the stain.

Soft drinks Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Soot Vacuum using crevice tool of vacuum cleaner to remove the soot. If all, or most, of the soot has not been removed, call a professional cleaner. If vacuuming has removed all particles remove any trace by applying small amount of dry cleaning solvent or alcohol (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores). Use small amounts to prevent possible damage to sizing, backings or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.
Soy sauce Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Spaghetti Sauce Stain

Remove as much as possible with blotting. Make a solution of one part of white vinegar with one part of water. Apply to the stain using a spray bottle to saturate. Allow the stain to sit about ten to fifteen minutes. Use a sponge to clean in a rubbing motion. Rinse with warm water. Brush the pile back into the natural direction is has. Using layers of white paper towels, place paper towel on top of area, place a book on top of that. Allow to sit like this until it has dried.

Starch Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Tea Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with the white vinegar solution. Saturate spot, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.
Toothpaste Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Urine

Remove as much of the stain as possible by using a spoon or dull knife. Blot up as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize by spraying the affected area with the ammonia solution. Care should be taken to remove all protein matter. Blot to remove excess moisture, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels.

If you have an enzyme product available, follow these steps. Pour on enough to saturate to the pad and treat an area twice as large as the stain. Urine hits the pad and spreads. Let it set a couple of hours. You'll find enzyme products at pet stores, RV or marine stores. They are used in the holding tanks to dissolve solid material.

Water color Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Wax Stains

For wax dropped on carpet or upholstery, set a clean, absorbent cloth over the wax stain and hold a hot iron on it. Lift cloth away and the wax should be removed with the cloth.

Wine Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with the white vinegar solution. Saturate spot, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water and apply to stain. Blot with white towels. Club soda removes red wine stains.
White glue Blot with white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Stains that can't be removed

Acid toilet bowl cleaners, acne medication, alkaline drain cleaners, chlorinated bleaches, hair dyes, iodine, insecticides, mustard with tumeric, plant fertilizers and stains of this nature cannot be removed as they have permanently altered the carpet's color. Call a professional. Most likely the only solution is to insert carpet from a closet, or some other area into the area where the spot was cut out.







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