Oops, you did it again, you played with their heart, got lost in the game, and spilled your red wine all over the carpeting. What now?
Thankfully, it is possible to get red wine, coffee, and just about any stain, out of your carpet with the right tools and techniques. And it happens to the best of us, so there is no use crying over spilled milk, or wine in this case. Instead, simply follow some of these tips of the trade to get tough spills out of your carpeting.
Tips to removing tough stains from your carpeting
Removing red wine from your carpeting
Follow these step-by-step instructions to remove red wine from your carpeting.
Using a white-colored cloth (do not use a colored cloth for this exercise), try to blot up as much of the red wine stain as you can. And remember, the key here is to blot and not to wipe. The more you can soak up during this phase, the less red wine you will have to remove.
After you have completed blotting up what you can, pour a small amount of cold water directly onto stain. This will help to dilute what remains of the stain. In turn, this will make further blotting a bit easier. So, continue the blotting process again and continue until it does not appear any more of the stain is coming out of the carpet.
Now, you will create your special save-your-carpet concoction which is basically a baking soda paste made with a 3:1 ratio of water to baking soda. Mix this paste together and then apply it to the spill. Let the paste air dry, then up vacuum the stain.
Voila – the red wine is gone. Now, consider the next time you turn up the radio that you dance in your kitchen. Just make sure you aren’t dancing in socks on a slippery floor. We can help you with your stains, but we’re not so good with broken limbs or concussions (though we probably know of a few medical facilities to send you to).
Removing bloodstains from your carpeting
With bloodstains, you do need to treat the stain as fast as possible. The faster you act with any stain, the more effective the stain removal method will be. Thankfully, there are many ways that you can remove blood stains from carpeting. Make sure that you use cold water and not warm water. No matter what you do, do NOT use hot water. Blood coagulates with heat, and so the cold water will help prevent your blood from infiltrating into your carpet fibers.
Next, fill a squirt bottle with two teaspoons of your favorite grease-fighting, clear liquid dish detergent and mix that with cold water. Shake up the bottle, and then spray onto the stain quite liberally. You want the carpet stain to be entirely soaked by your concoction. After well soaked, use a paper towel or dry white cloth to blot up the spot so that the blood can be transferred to the cloth. Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary.
Removing pet stains from your carpeting
As much as we all love our pets, they can sometimes be a menace to our floors (especially while potty-training!). If little Fido defecated as well, this trick will be beneficial, but it can be used for either urination or feces.
Start by cleaning up the initial mess. Dispose of any defecation (and the gloves used to pick it up with). If it is wet, use the blot method (like what you did with the wine) to soak up the moisture. Blot repeatedly until the carpet feels dry to the touch, and the carpet stain is gone. If the stain has dried on the carpet fibers, the best way to treat pet stains on carpeting is to moisten the stained section of the carpet. Then, apply a carpet-safe stain removal and cleaning product that is designed for the use of pet stains.
To rid your carpet of the odor and the stain, you may need to experiment with some different approaches. White vinegar usually works best – mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water and then spray directly onto the stain. Let the vinegar mix soak into the stain for a few minutes and then try the blot technique again until the stain is gone and the spot is dry to the touch. Be sure to wash your hands well after cleaning.
Relax – your carpet stains are a thing of the past
Use these tips to vanquish your coffee, bleach or any other stains and keep your carpeting looking fresh and clean! And if you’re unsure where to start, perhaps a professional cleaning crew could help.