No two stains on a carpet should be treated equally. There are so many types of stains, and there is no single remedy for all of them. In order to get rid of stains on your carpet, you need to know what caused them and what would be the best way to get them out.
Since there are just too many things that can cause stains in your carpet, this article shall concentrate on the specific stains that you are most likely to encounter.
Cleaning Fruit Stains in Carpets
Fruit stains, whether from the fruit itself or from commercially prepared juices, are very difficult to remove if it has been absorbed by the carpet. You need to work on the spill immediately before the stain becomes permanent. First, blot out the fruit juice and scrape away fallen fruit bits. Prepare a cleaning solution made out of 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon mild detergent and 1 quart of warm water. Simply apply the solution on the stain and let it air dry. Once dry, vacuum it gently. If the stain persists, do the procedure all over again.
You can use the above cleaning solution to remove similar stains caused by coffee, chocolate, gravy, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. This is also the solution to use when there is mud on the carpet. However, in cases of persistent mud stains, you will need to use additional dry-cleaning fluid. After application, blot it up and let it air dry. Again, vacuum your carpet gently.
Unlike other food stains, catsup can be troublesome to remove because of its thick consistency and vivid red color. When catsup has gotten into your carpet, prepare a cleaning mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups water. Use a sponge to get it into the stain. Wring out the dirty sponge in a basin and repeat the procedure until the stain has been completely removed.
Cleaning Urine and Vomit in Carpets
Bodily fluids can be very difficult to remove from your carpet. Aside from any stains that may be left by urine or vomit, you also have to deal with any foul odors emanating from it. If there is blood or urine in your carpet, again, blot as much of it as you can. Again, prepare a cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon each of white detergent and mild vinegar in 1 quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the stain and let it air dry. Once it is partially dried up, apply dry-cleaning fluid. Completely dry your carpet with gentle vacuum strokes.
If it is vomit, you need to act very quickly. Blot up as much of the vomit as you possibly can. Dilute the spot with a mixture of baking soda and water or you can use club soda. Prepare a solution of 1 part ammonia in 10 parts water. Apply this solution on the stain and then rinse it off with cold water. Air dry your carpet and then vacuum it gently.