No matter how hard you try to keep your carpet pristine, at some point in time, it will get dirty. Your pet will have an accident or someone will spill something on it. Removing the cause of the potential stain as quickly as possible can help to prevent it from permanently damaging the carpet. However, if you do not have a carpet stain removing product on hand, you may wonder what to do. Fortunately, there are many products you already have in your home that can be used to lift spots and stains from your carpet. Here are the the top five homemade carpet stain removers.
Dish Soap and Water
One of the easiest ways to get rid of dirt and mud carpet stains is to use dish soap and water. Combine a squirt or two of a mild liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture up and lightly mist the affected area of your carpet. When you go to clean any spot on your carpet, dab at the spot, rather than rub. Rubbing can cause the stain to spread and can harm your carpet fibers. Continue dabbing until the stain has lifted. Then dab the area with a water dampened cloth to lift any soap residue.
Vinegar and Water
When your pet has had an accident on your carpet, you want to remove what they did, as well as the smell. Vinegar and water is the perfect solution for this, as vinegar breaks down any remaining enzymes in pet urine, feces and vomit, helping to remove the scent. Mix one cup vinegar with one to two cups warm water in a spray bottle and dab the affected area until it lifts away.
Ammonia and Water
Ammonia and water is a great solution for any stubborn carpet stain that will not lift with soap and water, or for stains that have left a strong, unpleasant odor behind, such as human vomit. Combine one teaspoon of ammonia with one cup of warm water in a spray bottle and mist the area. Allow it to soak into the stain for a couple of minutes before dabbing away at the affected area.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Some carpet stains are extremely difficult to lift. No matter what you try, they are stubborn and won’t budge. If you have chocolate, juice or other stains that dish soap or ammonia can’t break through, try baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area. Then use a spray bottle to spray the area with vinegar. When the vinegar hits the baking soda, it will begin to fizz. This fizzing action can break up tough stains. Allow the mixture to set until it stops fizzing, and then remove the mixture by dabbing at it with a water dampened cloth.
The last item you can use to remove tough stains on your carpet is club soda. If anything red or purple has been spilled on the carpet, such as red wine, grape fruit juice or a popsicle, club soda can help to lift the tough red and purple dye. Saturate the stain with club soda and allow it to sit for several minutes before dabbing it away with a soft cloth.
Removing spots and stains from your carpet can be a time consuming process. If you have more than one area of the carpet that needs to be cleaned, it may be time for professional cleaning. An Atlanta maid service, like Amazon Cleaning, can help you with all of your house cleaning needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.