My blog has been very focused on spring cleaning recently, and for the next couple of weeks Freebie Thursday is continuing on this theme. Today's post has my guide for removing common carpet stains, but as well as getting the information here in the post you can also download or print a stain removal guide for easy reference. I'll be adding this to my household binder, but you could also laminate it and stick it in your cleaning cupboard. I couldn't decide between going with chevron or quatrefoil, so created two versions of the carpet stain removal chart to see which one I liked best. I've shared both versions below.
How to remove common stains from carpet
The key to removing stains from carpets and rugs is quick action! Follow my carpet stain removal guide to find out how to tackle common household stains with everyday products. It is unlikely that either white vinegar or dish soap will cause damage to your carpet, but I would advise that you still do a spot test on a less visible area first. You can, of course, substitute the white vinegar and/or dish soap for a purpose made carpet cleaning product.
If the stain is fresh, rinse with cold water an apply club soda to prevent the stain from setting. To remove the stain mix 1 teaspoon dish soap with 1 cup warm water and rub into the affected area with a damp cloth. Alternatively, use 2 tablespoons of ammonia mixed with 4 cups of cold water.
Blot the stain. Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with 4 cups of warm water and wash the affected area.
To remove food stains from carpet mix 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water. Saturate the affected area with the vinegar solution, then blot with a clean cloth to lift the stain. Once you have removed the stain, rinse the area with cold water.
Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water and gently rub into the stain with a clean cloth. Leave for 5 minutes then rinse the area with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
Leave to harden then scrape as much of the gum as possible off the carpet with a blunt knife. Remove sticky residue with a solution of dish soap and warm water.
Blot the stain to soak up as much of the milk as possible. Mix 1 teaspoon dish soap with 1 cup of warm water and wash the affected area. If the stain persists, blot the area with household ammonia if suitable for the carpet.
Allow to dry and scrape off as much mud as possible. Vacuum the area. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water and blot the leftover mud. If the stain remains, soak the area with white vinegar and dab the area with a clean cloth to lift the stain.
Blot the stain to soak up excess moisture. Rinse the area with a solution of white vinegar and warm water.
Blot the carpet to remove excess liquid, being careful not to spread the stain. Pour salt or white wine onto the stain to prevent it from setting. Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with 4 cups of warm water and clean the area. Repeat if necessary.
Leave to harden then scrape the wax off the carpet with a dull knife. Spread brown paper over the stain and run a warm (not hot iron) over the paper. The wax will stick to the paper as it melts. Repeat as necessary then wash the area with a mild detergent to remove left over residue.