How to Tackle Your Stubborn Carpet Stains. Cleaning Made Easy.

Stop moving furniture to cover carpet stain

Hi, everyone, Welcome to the C4 Maid Service Weekly Blog!  Today, we’re going to share some new, exciting yet extremely useful tips that you at home can utilize on carpet cleaning! There’s an important key to remember with carpets. They’re different types of carpet and each type of carpet have different fiber structure and material.

The different types of cleaning methods may vary, so we will share some general tips that can be applied to most carpets.  If you are not familiar with the type of carpet you have, you should test the different methods on a little corner on your carpet because you don’t want to ruin a special, expensive carpet…

Coffee Stain

 We all like to drink coffee, tea and relax comfortably on our chair, couch and sometimes even while we talk on the phones… You know what that entails, accidents! Unfortunately,  accidents happen when we least expect it.. Especially during that moment, when our cup magically slips from our hand and that color-filled beverage ends up on our carpet, we have to be prepared to act fast, because time is working against you.  First and foremost, grab some paper towels and press them against the stains.  When your press paper towel against the stains it will absorb the liquid. Keep pressing and lifting and please, remember only press and lift, DO NOT rub or scrub. Here, at C4 we advise strongly against rubbing or scrubbing stains because it will only increase the stains’ surface area.

 Now, once you sucked up as much liquid as possible with paper towels it’s time to move to the next step. You will need a bowl of warm water, white vinegar, baking soda, and detergent.  You will need to mix these ingredients in following proportions. The formula is the following: Two liters of warm water, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of detergent and five tablespoons of vinegar.

  • 2 liters of warm water
  • 1 TB.spoon of baking soda
  • 1 TB.spoon of detergent
  • 5 TB. Spoons of white vinegar

  Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients together, pour the mixture into the spray bottle. Use the spray bottle mist over the area and let it sit there for a couple of minutes. Repeat the process of pressing the stained area with a paper towel. Press and lift. Repeat this process several times until you’ve sucked up all of the stains.

Now, once you got rid of the stain you want your carpet to dry. If you notice that your carpet has some unpleasant odor you can sprinkle baking soda or mixture of baking soda with essential oils of your choice over your carpet. Leave it there for a couple of hours or even the entire day. Depending on how much odor you need to clear and get rid of. Finally, now you are able to vacuum.

Did you know that while in the vacuuming process, not only will you be cleaning your carpet, but your vacuum as well?

 At this point, you might be thinking that coffee stains aren’t that bad, and that “heavy duty job” is easier to tackle than you could have imagined?

Now you are thinking about different scenarios, such as your late night wine stains! Well, a wine stain is truly one of the toughest types of stains. The success of cleaning red wine stain depends a lot on your timing and efficiency.

Red Wine Stains

So, okay, the same principle applies to the red wine stain as with a coffee stain. Take your paper towels and press them against the stain, press and lift. Absorb as much moisture as possible. Now, you will need a can or bottle of club soda. Pour the club soda over the stain and leave it there for about five 5 minutes.  Carbon dioxide is responsible for club soda being bubbly, and because of it, club soda is slightly more acidic compared to plain water. That acid should help with breaking away a stain from the carpet fiber.

Now you can take a paper towel and get to back to the familiar motion of pressing and lifting.  Keep blotting as much as possible for the stain to come out.

 After club soda exhausted its potential to clean the stain. Take a mixture in the spray bottle we made earlier and repeat the process as with coffee stain.  This should help to clean off the remaining stain.

By the way,  the cleaning methods we have discussed until now are more appropriate for tannin stains, since both coffee and red wine can be classified as tannin stains. That said, this method might not work if you are dealing with tougher and rougher stains such as grease or protein stains.


Blood Stains

Blood stains. Discussing the blood stain without sounding disgusting and creepy is a tricky task. But, I hope whatever the case is for the blood stain on your carpet it was accidental and not intentional…  Take your paper towels and do the familiar motion. Absorb as much blood as possible and as quickly as possible with your paper towels because blood dries really fast.

  Now, it is time to do some more alchemy. Oh, this is exciting I feel like we are at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You will need hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Depending on the size of the stain mix them in the proportion of 2 to 1. So, for smaller stain, you will 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of dish soap.  Apply the mixture over the stained area and let it sit there for about 5 minutes. The mixture should dissolve the stain, take a paper towel and repeat the pressing and lifting process.

Everything we’ve discussed so far is applicable for fresh stains. If the stain was sitting on your carpet for more than a couple of days you will probably need a team of professional cleaners to deep clean and shampoo your carpet. The trained professionals access to the professional equipment and cleaning supplies that you probably don’t.  If you don’t want to risk your carpet damaged beyond any fixing point hire a professional team for your peace of mind.
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