Dinners and parties can be all fun and games until something gets spilled! A wine accident or blood stain on a clean carpet can look intimidating. Sometimes carpet cleaning companies can not come out right away either. So fear not, here is a list of the most common spills at home and how to make them look like they never even happened! The first tip to cleaning any spot is this, the faster, the better. The quicker your reaction is to the stain, the higher chance you'll have at fully removing it. Keep this in mind. All of the products used are generally found at home.
1. Wine / Red Juices – These kind of stains are some of the hardest to remove because of the red dye in the drinks. Here is the most efficient way to clean up. Start off by dabbing the area with a clean cloth or paper towels. Be very careful not to rub, this will result in spreading the color. Next sprinkle baking soda on the entire area. Use white vinegar and pour it generously over the spot. Take a clean cloth and blot the area, seeping the mixture into the carpet. Next pour warm water over the stain and dab it out. Repeat these steps until the spot is gone.
2. Paint / Candle Wax – These are one of the easiest stains to remove. Simply take cubes of ice and rub it all over the spots, after a few seconds just peel it away!
3. Ink – Start by mixing 1 part detergent with 1 part baking soda and 3 parts water. Pour it on the spots and let sit for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes scrub the area with a bristled brush. Next pour a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub the spot out.
4. Blood – Blood is the trickiest spot of all to remove. The trick to blood is to use cold water, the colder the better. The best time to clean the blood is the moment it hits the carpet. Use cold water and rub the spot. This should instantly make the color turn from red to pink. If you clean it soon enough, the cold water alone can remove the blood. If not, mix white vinegar with baking soda and pour a generous amount on the blood stain. Let it sit for 1 minute. Pour cold water all over the stain and use a clean rag to dab it and clean everything up.
5. Mud – Allow the mud to dry and vacuum up as much as possible. Next mix 2 parts warm water with 1 part detergent and 1 part baking soda. Mix and spray all over the area. Use a sponge to rub the mud out. Repeat until the mud is removed.
I hope these common stain removal tips have helped you. Remember to act fast and thoroughly for best results.