You tried to catch that cup before it fell on the floor, but you weren't fast enough.
Of course, the best time to clean a stain is right after the accident has occurred. But, if you didn't get to your carpet fast enough, you still may be able to do something about the stain.
Whether you just spilled a mug of coffee on your carpet or you have a set-in stain that just won't budge, don't worry.
We have some simple carpet stain removal tips to share.
Carpet Stain Removal Tips for Common Issues
Here's how to handle some of the most common carpet stains. (For any of these methods, be sure to do a test patch somewhere out of the way.)
1. Pet Stain Removal
Every pet owner will have to clean up after their pet at some stage. It's likely that your pet's accident will happen on the carpet. That's just the way it goes!
Follow these steps to handle the spot.
- Clean up the main mess. Gently remove pet feces or blot with a paper towel, if the area is wet. Keep blotting until the carpet is dry and the stain has faded.
- If the carpet dries before you can get to it, use a carpet stain cleaner such as our Spot-B-Gone.
- Try using white vinegar. Spritz it on the area to eliminate any odor.
2. Coffee and Tea Stain Removal
Coffee and tea can leave a very noticeable stain on your carpets. Use these tips to help remove the stain.
- Use a dry paper towel to blot up the moisture.
- Use a mixture of vinegar, water and a non-bleach detergent. Spritz and blot away at the stain.
- If this solution doesn't work, you may need to use a professional carpet cleaner.
3. Blood Stain Removal
If an accident happens in your home and blood ends up on your carpet, treating the stain quickly can prevent it from setting in.
It's important to use cold water when cleaning up blood as this will prevent it from permeating into the carpet fibers.
Follow these carpet stain removal tips when dealing with blood.
- In a spray bottle, mix 2 tsp. of liquid dish detergent and cold water. Spray the spot to soak it.
- Use a dry paper towel to blot at the stain until the blood soaks into the cloth.
- Rinse the area with cold water and repeat the process until the stain is gone.
4. Ink Stain Removal
If you find a pen or marker leaking onto your carpet, use these tips to remove the ink.
- Use isopropyl alcohol to dampen a cloth and dab at the ink stain. Don't rub or scrub – this will only spread the ink.
- Allow the alcohol to stand for a few minutes before removing any excess moisture with a dry paper towel or liquid-friendly vacuum.
- If the stain is persistent, you may need to repeat the process several times.
5. Makeup or Nail Polish Stain Removal
Makeup and nail polish can be difficult to remove from carpets because they both love to get lodged into the fibers. These tricks can help you remove makeup or nail polish stains before they damage your carpets.
- Blot the stain with a small amount of solvent on a clean white cloth.
- Use liquid dish soap and water to soak the stain. Blot again with a clean cloth.
- Use lukewarm water to rinse off the area. Blot again with a clean cloth.
- Let the area dry for an hour. If the stain persists, repeat the process.
Let the Pros Handle Carpet Stain Removal
Whether it's pets, ink, blood, makeup or coffee – if you have trouble with carpet stain removal, you may need to have a professional cleaning company work on your carpets.
Hammond Knoll specializes in carpet cleaning, including set-in stain removal. Contact us today and let us help you keep your carpets looking like new.
Check out our free Stain Spotting Guide for more tips and tricks.