Q: Grandma, What is the best way to clean a carpet stain from a light-colored carpet?
A: Dear J, Carpet stains are unsightly marks caused by several unavoidable factors. It is common for carpets to get dirty and stained especially if there are little children who dabble with paint, glue, juice or milk. At times, even the dogs leave their own mud marks on the carpets. It appears as an ordinary house cleaning problem, but it still requires effective home remedies in removing the stains on the expensive home décor that beautifies the floor surface.
INEXPENSIVE HOME REMEDIES FOR CARPET STAINS
1. Ammonia – Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with ½ cup of water. Blot. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to work the solution deep into the stained spot. Do not scrub. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to dry.
2. Dishwashing liquid – Add one or two drops of colorless dishwashing liquid to one cup of lukewarm water. Apply on the stained area. Rinse with water and allow to dry.
3. Enzyme detergent – Prepare enzyme detergent per package instruction. Apply on the carpet and leave on recommended duration. Do not over wet to prevent the stain from spreading out.
4. Vinegar – Combine 1/3 cup white household vinegar and 2/3 cup water. Apply on stained area then rinse with water.
5. Club soda – Pour the plain club soda directly on the pet stain. Use a paper towel to blot and remove much of the stain. Avoid rubbing.
6. Baking soda – Sprinkle baking soda onto the stained area. After a few hours, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dry particles.
7. Rubbing alcohol – Apply rubbing alcohol directly on the stained are and blot it. Repeat the process if the stain is not removed.
8. Shaving cream or foam – Apply a generous amount of shaving cream or foam to cover the stained area and blot after some time.
9. Hydrogen peroxide – Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Squirt over carpet stains.
10. Water – Pour a little amount of water over the affected area and blot with white paper towel or clean white cotton cloth. Press the towel or cloth to absorb the water and the stain. Repeat until the stain is completely gone.
11. Spoon – Scrape on the mud stain before they dry using an ordinary dinner spoon. Apply water when most of the stains are gone.
12. Hand soap – Combine one quart spoon of bleach-free and lanolin-free soap with one quart of water. Apply on the stained area.
13. Shampoo – Mix equal parts of shampoo and water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the stained area and blot with a clean cloth.
14. Corn starch – Sprinkle corn starch to completely cover the mud stains and to prevent from further penetrating through the carpet. When the stain dries, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dry particles.
15. Salt – Pour salt to completely cover the carpet stains. Create small heaps to allow the stain to absorb the salt. Wait for few hours before vacuuming the salt particles.