Having to remove carpet stains is inevitable if you have a dog, a cat or a toddler. At some stage you will be cleaning up something nasty off the carpet (ie poo, wee or vomit). Getting professional carpet cleaners in can cost your left leg but have no fear, SAHM can help!
What to do first!
First, mop up the excess moisture as quickly as you can. The quicker you can attend to a mess, the better chance you have of getting it out! If you have some soda water on hand, dampen a cloth well and apply to the stain and sponge it up. If it is still there, make up the following mixture:
- 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
Work the liquid into the stain and blot it dry with a clean towel.
For a Stinky Stain
Another way to clean your carpet quickly (especially if there’s been something smelly on it) is to put about 10 drops of eucalyptus oil into a spray bottle of water, then spray it onto the stain and wipe up with a damp cloth. We also have a terrific home made carpet deodorizer recipe to try too!
Home Made Carpet Shampoo
This recipe is great for allergy sufferers:
- 1 cake Sunlight Soap
- 1/2 bucket warm water
- 1 tablespoon (30 grams) Cream of Tartar
Grate a cake of Sunlight Soap into a half filled bucket of warm water. Add two litres of boiling water mix with 30 grams of cream of tartar. Shampoo carpet without saturating and dry with a clean cloth or towel. Make sure you turn on your ceiling fans or open all the windows to allow air to circulate and dry the area.
Time is of the essence here!! Blot the area with a paper towel to remove as much of the blood as you can. Next, make up a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of room temperate tap water and one teaspoon of clear ammonia. Spray stained area lightly and again blot with a paper towel to remove as much as you can. Next, make up a solution of a cup of room temperature tap water and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid (ensure it doesn’t contain bleach). Sponge the area very carefully so as not to smudge the stain. If the stain persists, place a slightly damp towel on the stain and weigh it down with something heavy for an hour or two to ‘soak it up’. Then try the above method again.
Removing Candle Wax and CrayonRemoving Grease from Carpet
If it’s wax, let it dry completely before touching (or it will smudge and make it worse). Using the edge of a spoon, gently scrape over the wax to remove as much of the ‘bulk’ as you possibly can. Once that is done, wet a white washer and place it over the wax/crayon stain. Carefully use a hot iron over the top of the washer; the steam will melt the wax/crayon and the wet washer will ‘suck it up’. Please be careful not to burn yourself, or the carpet (stay on the wet washer only!!). You may have to repeat a few times to get it all out!
Removing Grease from Carpet
Sprinkle the stained area with bicarb and leave for 24 hours, then brush off and vacuum!
Removing Ink and Red Wine from Carpet
Whist the stain is still fresh, cover with table salt – the salt will absorb the ink. Brush it off and repeat. When no more soaks into the salt, sponge the area with sour milk and metho.
Removing Texta from Carpet
Mix 2 cups of warm water, one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a bowl. Use a white cloth (like an old cloth nappy) to gently dab the solution onto the texta on the carpet. Blot occasionally with a dry white cloth. Continue until the texta disappears then sponge over with some plain water. If some texta remains, gently dab some rubbing alcohol over it until the stain is gone.
Removing Sudocream or Toothpaste
Use warm water and a tiny bit of washing up liquid – it will mop right up!
Removing Nail Polish
This is a tip from cleaning guru, Shannon Lush. Soak a cotton ball in acetone. Slide a tissue over a nit comb so the teeth are protruding through the tissue, then slide the comb in underneath the carpet fibres and wipe the cotton ball up the front of the nit comb over the stained carpet (the tissue over the comb stops the acetone getting into the carpet and melting the glue).
Removing Dry Coffee Stains
Mix 1 tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water in a bowl. Stir the solution well then apply the detergent and vinegar solution to the dry coffee stain using a clean cloth. Blot from the outside of the stain toward the middle, refreshing the solution on the cloth, as required. Blot with a dry cloth to pick up the old coffee stain as it loosens. Rinse the area of the carpet where the dried coffee stain was with cool water. Blot up the water from the carpet and allow the carpet to air dry.
Removing Hair Dye
Firstly, blot the stain with a clean towel. Then mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 cup lukewarm water. Blot the dye with the soap solution using a clean towel. Always blot from the outside of the stain, working inward so you don’t spread the stain. Leave for a few minutes then mix a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts lukewarm water and dab this on the stain from the outside in. Finally, flush the area with cold water and blot dry with a clean cloth.
What weird and wonderful tricks have you got for removing carpet stains? Have we missed any?