Sunday, March 25, 2012

Carpet Stains: How to Remove Them

Carpet Stain Removal can be key to getting back your deposit when you leave your apartment.  Just because your clumsy friend knocks over a glass of wine or Fido doesn't make it to the door in time, doesn't mean you have to forfeit your hard-earned dough when your lease is up.  This Old House.com has step-by-step instructions on removing every type of unsightly spot from your carpet.

First off, no matter what has caused your stain, you want to remove it by blotting the stain working from the outside in, rinse with water, than blot again.  You never want to rub your stain, which could destroy the carpet fibers or push the stain down to the carpet pad.  If you do decide to use a commercial stain remover, make sure to test the product first in an inconspicuous part of your floor to make sure it doesn't cause discoloration.  Also, to keep your carpet looking its best if you're going to live there for the long-haul, clean it or have it cleaned every 12-18 months.

For water-soluble stains, such as alcoholic beverages, berries, colas, etc, make a cleaning solution of 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water.  For fat, oil, and wax, put a paper towel on your carpet over the stain and iron on the warm setting.  The stain should adhere to the paper towel.  For glue, get a soft cloth or cotton ball damp with rubbing alcohol and press it on the stain.  Once the glue is moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the stain is gone.  There are many more types of stains, so visit This Old House for details on erasing any accident that comes your way!