If you have children or pets then you are probably in search of ways to remove common household stains. This may seem like a daunting task, but there are several simple home remedies that make cleaning spills and stains easy and environmentally friendly for your family. There are a number of household products that are effective for cleaning stains. You probably have everything you need in your home already.

Act Quickly

The key to removing stains is to act quickly. The faster you deal with the stain, the more likely you will be able to remove it. You should always begin by removing as much of the excess stain as you can by blotting, scraping or brushing whatever will come off. Do not rub it in. Start from the outside edge of the spill and work in a spiral toward the center to prevent it from spreading.

Water-Soluble Stains

carpet stain removalFor stains that are water-soluble, club soda can be very effective. Pour a small amount over the stain and blot the area using a terry cloth or paper towel. Do not rub it in. Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed. Press the towel on to the carpet to soak up the club soda. Examples of water soluable stains: alcoholic beverages, berries, colas, coffee, ice cream, jelly, milk, mud, washable ink and most common food spills.

Next, for non-greasy spills, sponge with a solution made of one teaspoon liquid detergent to one cup water. For greasy spills, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes and then vacuum. Next, sponge with a solution made of one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar with two cups warm water. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Lastly, sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the vinegar solution.

Pet Urine Stains and Odor

Removing pet urine stains and odor can be tough. For fresh wet stains, start by blotting the area, rather than rubbing it. Next, mix half a cup of white vinegar with one and a half cups of warm water. Pour this over the entire stain, let it soak for five to ten minutes, and then absorb the fluid with a towel until dry.

Once the white vinegar solution has dried, scatter an ample amount of baking soda over the area and use a scrub brush to knead the mixture into the carpet. Let it sit for 24 hours to dry, then vacuum the area. Ask us about our innovative Pet Urine Odor Removal treatment as well!

Wine Stains

Wondering how to clean red wine stains in your carpet? For fresh stains, start by blotting the area, rather than rubbing it. Use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or club soda to neutralize the stain. Pour the neutralizer over the wine stain and use a clean towel to begin blotting up the liquid. Dampen a sponge with cold water and blot it on the stain. Next, shake salt onto the stain to help deter the wine from penetrating into the carpet. Keep applying salt until it no longer absorbs the wine. After this, add another layer of salt, cover the area with a layer of paper towels, place a heavy object on top and allow it to sit overnight. Remove the paper towels the following morning and vacuum the area.

Added Protection from Stains

For the best chance of removing stains, the next time you get your carpets cleaned by John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County, have Chem-Dry Protectant added. For a minimal additional cost, Protectant provides a strong invisible barrier around carpet fibers that gives you the extra time needed to stop a spill from becoming a permanent stain.

Everyone is looking for simple and affordable ways to clean and deodorize their carpets. These tips provide ways to do just that. However, while many stains can be easily removed using these common household items described above, some severe stains require expert guidance and special cleaning solutions such as John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County’s arsenal of revolutionary stain removal products.

Call us today for expert spot and stain removal: (360)734-3551.