Knowing how to remove stains from your carpet is essential to maintaining it in the long term. No matter how much you attempt to protect your carpet from staining, chances are good that you will experience a stubborn stain at one point or another. Fortunately, there are a few extreme carpet stain removal tips that can be used on stubborn stains. Best of all, most of these tips do not require you to have expensive cleaners or equipment on hand. In fact, some of the most commonly kept household staples can double as stain removers in a pinch.
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Baking soda can be used to lift stubborn stains from carpet. This is because baking soda can absorb stains that are caused by oily or greasy items. The bonus is, baking soda also absorbs odors, so it can take care of smells from things like pets and smoking too. To use baking soda as a stain remover, put a layer of it on top of the stain and leave it to sit overnight. Vacuum the stain when you wake up and the stain should be gone. For odors, sprinkle a fine layer of baking soda over the entire carpet, leave it to sit overnight and vacuum it in the morning.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used on stubborn stains, particularly stains that have color. To use hydrogen peroxide to lift a stain, apply the peroxide to a clean, dry white rag and carefully blot the stained area of the carpet. Do not get the peroxide on other areas of the carpet because it may fade them. Use another clean, dry white rag to blot the peroxide and keep repeating these steps until the stain is gone. Test the peroxide on the carpet in an inconspicuous area before applying it to a stain. If the peroxide causes discoloration, do not use it for stain removal.
You can also mix a solution of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup ammonia to lift stubborn stains. Do not use this on carpets made of wool. To use this mixture, spray it on he stain and blot it with a white rag that is clean and dry.
Vinegar can be used to remove stains from foods like ketchup, coffee and juice. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture directly onto stains after blotting as much of the stain as possible with a paper towel. Saturate the stain with the mixture of vinegar and water, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then blot the stain with a clean paper towel.