Clever, Inexpensive Ways to Remove Carpet Stains

These days, you can find all sorts of name brand cleaning products in your grocery store. From spray-on applications to foaming cleaners, consumers have no shortage of options. Unfortunately, not all of these products work as advertised, and some of them can be quite expensive. The good news is that you can find a number of natural, effective alternatives to name brand household cleaners right under your sink.

Vinegar Solution

Distilled white vinegar has been used to clean everything from laundry to countertops to carpets for generations. Vinegar is especially effective at dissolving mineral deposits and eliminating unpleasant odors. Simply dilute the vinegar in a one to one solution with water, spray or pour it onto the stain, and blot with a dry cloth. If necessary, repeat the process until the stain and odor are gone.

Ammonia Solution

This is another popular cleaning option that many homeowners swear by. For this one, you will once again make a hot water solution in a one to one ratio. You’ll also want to have a steam iron and a towel you’re not especially attached to on hand. Apply the solution liberally to the stain, lay the towel on top of it, and then iron over it to lift the stain. This process will stain the towel, so you may need a few spares to completely remove the stain from the carpet.

Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide

This third option is particularly good for removing pet stains. First, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area and scrub it thoroughly with a toothbrush. Next, pour the hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda to start a chemical reaction which will lift the stain out of the carpet. Blot with a dry towel and, if necessary, pour more peroxide on the area to lift any remaining baking soda.

It’s important to note that all of these methods should be tested in an inconspicuous area first to verify the color fastness of your carpet. Want to learn more about carpet installation and maintenance? Give us a call today for a consultation.