3 Tips For Getting Tough Stains Out Of Your Carpet

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Being in the hotel business we’ve seen all sorts of things get stuck in carpet. With that knowledge in our pocket, we offer you three of our favorite tips!

If your carpet has been stained with crayon or wax after your children have colored on the floor, or you notice a few wine stains on your carpet after a dinner party, there are a few things you can do to remove the stains from your carpet and make your floors look as good as new.

First, blot the wine stain as soon as you see it. This will keep the wine from completely saturating the carpet fibers. Then, rinse the stain with warm water and continue blotting. Make a paste of baking soda and water (three parts baking soda and one part water), and spread it on the wine stain. Let the baking soda and water dry completely, then vacuum it up and apply a carpet stain remover to the wine stain; use the remover according to the instructions on the bottle.

To get wax out of your carpet, fill a plastic bag with ice and set it on the stain. When the wax gets cold, it will be easier to remove. Scrape off as much wax as you can with a butter knife or ice pick. Put a brown paper bag or terry cloth over the wax stain, and iron over the bag or cloth over the wax to melt the wax again. Make sure the iron is on medium heat. Repeat the ironing process a few times until the wax is completely gone, and add carpet cleaning solution to the floor to get rid of residue.

Crayon stains can easily be removed from your carpet as well. You’ll need to apply an ice-filled plastic bag to the crayon to solidify the crayon and make it easy to scrape off the carpet. Spray WD40 on the stain and let the solution sit on the carpet for about five minutes. Dab the stain with a washcloth and remove the remaining residue off of the carpet with a wet paper towel. Spray the stain again with WD40, along with liquid dishwashing detergent. Keep applying WD40 and detergent until the stain is gone completely.

These simple steps will ensure that your carpet always looks great, even after it’s been stained. Keep the ingredients necessary for cleaning your carpet on hand so you can treat the stain as soon as it occurs.

About the author

Reed Winston is a contributor who comes courtesy of ServiceMaster of Charleston, a cleaning and restoration company based in Charleston, SC.

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