No matter how careful you try to be in your home, there will always come a time when something ends up spilled on the carpet, whether it’s wine, food, or any other kind of accident.
Particularly if you have children or pets, these things do happen, so if you’ve found yourself in a situation where you aren’t quite sure of the best way to go about removing a particular stain, we’ve got you covered.
We thought we’d throw together this quick guide with some of the best ways to remove stains from your carpet at home yourself. Read on for three great tips!
Remove wax with an iron
We spoke to London based cleaning specialists Cleaner Cleaner who told us “for any stains that are oil, fat or wax based, you can actually remove them easily with an iron. This is a handy one to bear in mind if you ever knock over any candles, as it doesn’t have to spell the death of your carpet.”
First, scrape away as much of the wax as you can by hand, using a dull knife. Be careful you don’t cut the carpet itself.
Next, place a paper towel over the carpet, and turn the iron on to the warm setting. Iron over the paper towel gently, and the fat, wax or oil should lift up out of the carpet and stick to the paper towel.
You can actually remove regular stains with an iron as well, and there are a few different methods for this. This WikiHow post shows you how to use your iron with a homemade cleaning solution, as well as by utilizing the steam function.
Use a simple at home solution
Most stains can be removed using a cleaning solution that you can make at home quite easily with products you probably already have lying around.
First sprinkle baking soda on the patch where the stain is, and allow it to absorb. Hoover up the baking soda once it has been left to sit for a while.
Next, combine a tablespoon of clear colored washing up liquid with a tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. You can double or triple the amounts if you have a larger area to cover.
Use a cloth to sponge the stain with the solution you’ve made, and then blot until you’ve absorbed all of the liquid. You may want to use plain water to go over the area to remove the soap afterward, but you should find that most stains can be easily removed with this method. If you want to learn more, you can read the Best way to clean carpets at home.
Remove stubborn stains using Windex
One surprising trick we learned from the Shabby Creek Cottage, is that you can actually use Windex to remove stains, and it works on all sorts of different stains, from fresh stains to those that have been sat there a while.
First, spray the area where the stain is really well until it’s all wet (but don’t saturate the carpet, and be careful to test an area first if your carpet is white or cream).
Then, take an old towel, and vigorously rub the offending area to help soak it up. Keep going until you soak up the all of the wetness. You should be able to see the stain coming off and soaking into the towel. Stubborn stains may need to be gone over again, and you may need 3-4 goes before the worst ones come up.
Then simply fold the towel up a few times and place over the wet spot. Stand on it to help soak up any remaining wetness. Then just let your carpet dry completely and the stain should be all gone.