One thing or another will stain your carpet even though you are very careful about it. If you are also worried about one such stain on your carpet, here is the solution. In this article, we have discussed how to get stains out of your carpet.
However, some stains are stubborn and require professional carpet cleaning, so if you are not sure about it, we suggest taking the help of professionals. For small and fresh stains, you can use these steps.
How To Get Stains Out Of Carpet?
⇒ Remove The Solids
If the stain is caused due to some solid or semi-solid substance like a food item or mud, then the first step you have to do is remove that solid matter from the affected area. You can use a butter knife or coin to remove things like mud.
While doing so, make sure you don’t rub the stain. Otherwise, it will push the staining substance inside the carpet fibre and make it difficult to remove.
⇒ Blot The Stain
The best thing you can do to remove stains from your carpet is blot. Try to soak as much liquid as you can. If the stain is already dried, add ¼ cup of water to the stained area (to make it damp and not soaking wet) and then start blotting it. Use paper towels or white microfibre cloth for blotting to avoid any discolouration.
⇒ Prepare a Cleaning Solution
You can prepare a cleaning solution by mixing 3-4 drops of dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon of vinegar into 1 cup of water. Increase the quantity of mixture as per your requirement and the extent of the stain. You can also use a store-bought cleaner.
Whether you use homemade or store-bought cleaner, always test it on a small hidden area of your carpet; Because some cleaning solutions can be harsh and can damage your carpet.
⇒ Apply The Solution
Take a clean cloth, dip it into the cleaning solution and gently scrub on the stain. Let the cleaning solution work on the stain for 1-2 minutes. Then take a paper towel and soak the cleaning solution from the carpet.
Continue applying and blotting the cleaning solution until the stain vanishes from your carpet. For store-bought cleaners, you can follow the instructions given on the product.
⇒ Rinse The Stain
Once the stain is out of your carpet, rinse it with ¼ cup of water to remove the soap and other residues. Rinse the area and blot thoroughly to remove as much water as you can. Repeat it twice if required.
Lastly, leave the area to air dry or use a hairdryer for fast drying. You can sprinkle some baking soda on the stained area and leave it overnight to eliminate the bad smells. Vacuum the excess soda the next day.
When Do You Need Professional Cleaning?
With this guide on how to get stains out of carpet, you can keep your carpet free from stains. But as discussed earlier, some stains are so stubborn that they only need professional carpet cleaning.
Apart from that, if you have carpet made from materials like wool or silk, you should hire a professional. DIY cleaning can damage such carpets instead of cleaning them.