At some point in your apartment, there’s going to be a spill. Whether it’s your faithful Fido or another source of happiness, there will be a spill and there will be stains.
Even though these messes could seem like a job in itself to get out, don’t fret — it’ll be alright. Just follow our expert solutions to reverse those spills and revive your carpet!
Culprit: Red Wine
Most everyone enjoys a glass of wine for some occasions and for some, it is every occasion. It could be after a long day’s work, binge watching a favorite TV show, or a night with friends. Wine is having a huge resurgence with millennial generation, but red wine is also one of the biggest culprit of carpet stains.
Solution: Take an absorbent cloth, like paper towels or an old rag, and dab up the excess wine. Be careful not to rub the red wine in as that will just make it worse. Add water and continue to dab the stain. This will pull up most of the stain. After this, a simple carpet cleaner should do the trick. It is important to know that time is of the essence here and steps to clean should be taken immediately, even if your “wine brain” is telling you to do it later.
If people like to unwind with wine it is safe to say they like to wind up with coffee. Unless it is a stop on the way in to work, coffee is part of most people’s morning routine. Even the best travel mugs can spill if the lid is on wrong, or the spill proof mechanism is gummed up and stuck.
Solution: Try the steps listed above for red wine, but finish with a paste of borax or baking soda. Follow this with cold water. This should have the stain up in no time, but again treat it right way regardless of how it affects the day’s schedule.
Culprit: Candle Wax and Lipstick
Wax and oil based substances can cause a lot of problems because these types of stains will bond to the carpet and enhances the effect. A toddler discovering make-up for the first time, or a dog knocking over a recently lit candle can lead to unwanted surprises on the carpet.
Solution: If the candle wax is still semi-melted try blotting up as much of the stain as possible. After that you can use shaving cream on these wax or oil based stains. Use old-fashioned shaving cream, not some of the newer gel based creams. Spray the shaving cream on the stain and work it in with a toothbrush. Wipe away the cream and dab the stain with cold water to rinse.
Bubble Gum seems to always end up where it isn’t supposed to go. Whether it is tracked in on a shoe, turned into a toy by a young one in the house who doesn’t know better, or lost blowing the biggest bubble ever there is a chance it will end up on the carpet.
Solution: Ice cubes. Believe it or not, this stain removal process is started with ice cubes. The ice cubes harden the gum and allow it to be scraped off the carpet with ease. Get as much of the hardened gum off the carpet as possible. Do this with care not to damage carpets with longer fibers. Follow up with a treatment of white vinegar and then carpet cleaner.
Culprit: Tomato sauce:
Red sauce on white carpet is not a good combination. The risk of this stain really comes with how often food leaves the kitchen, but the pull of a couch, TV, and dinner is a strong one.
Solution: Thick solutions like tomato sauce and ketchup are not going to be soak up easily. Grab a spoon, or a butter knife, and start scoping as much of the mess up that can be removed this way. When this step is done, moisten the stain with water and use a cleaning solution to get the rest of the stain out.
Carpet stains can seem like the end of the world at first especially if they happen in a new home or on new carpet. However, many of them can be taken care of with immediate attention. If you don’t have time to clean them yourself, a carpet cleaning service can always get your carpets looking like new.