How To Remove Three Common Carpet Stains

Posted on: 18 September 2018


Carpeting is one of the most popular and common residential flooring options, and for good reason. The fact that it is made out of soft fabric makes it much more comfortable than other types of flooring, like hardwood and tile, and also makes it much better at muffling sound and trapping heat. It also comes with a wide range of different colors and patterns that you can choose from. However, carpeting is susceptible to staining due to exposure to liquids and foods, which can ruin the appearance of your floors. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to remove some of the most common types of carpet stains that you may be exposed to.

Red Wine

Wine stains on lightly colored carpeting are one of the worst stains that your carpets can experience. Fortunately, you can prevent such stains from actually setting in if you work quickly enough. Blotting (never rub, since this will just work the staining liquid into the carpet) the affected area with a paper towel and hydrogen peroxide will help break down the wine, at which point it can be soaked up with a wet rag to minimize the damage.

Pet Stains

Pet urine is particularly nasty when it comes to staining carpeting, as beyond simply altering the color of your carpet, it can leave a lingering and unpleasant smell. In order to remove both the stain and the smell, you'll want to mix vinegar and water together in a half and half mixture in a spray bottle and then apply it liberally around the affected area. Let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes before you take a wet rag and rinse the area thoroughly. In order to prevent the moisture from the solution from setting into the carpet and causing mold growth, be sure to dab the area dry with a dry paper towel.

Pasta Sauce

Any type of food sauce is anathema to your carpets. The best way to remove spilled food stains from your carpeting entails removing any excess food which may still be sitting on the surface of your carpet with a paper towel. You'll then want to use a mixture of regular dish soap and warm water and a sponge to blot at the sauce which remains, removing as much as possible before rinsing the area with cold water and blotting it dry, in a similar manner to how you handled the pet stains above.

For help with cleaning your floors, contact a company like Fresh Start Cleaning.