If you’ve taken the time to invest in beautiful rugs and carpets for your home, stubborn stains are a constant worry. Many erroneously assume that pernicious stains like red wine or motor oil require professional attention to remove. The reality is that you can often fix the problem yourself.
Here are a few helpful cleaning hacks on carpet stains for you to use.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Blood
Ordinarily, blood stains on shirts are best dealt with by soaking the item in cold water. For carpets, the best approach is to apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide, allow it to foam and soak up the bubbles. This tactic can also work on some of the more pesky grass stains that you encounter.
Egg Yolk & Alcohol for Coffee
For older coffee stains that have gone unnoticed, a special mixture of egg yolk and rubbing alcohol is your best bet. Combine those ingredients with warm water and work the solution in. Rinse with water to flush out as much of the mixture as possible and use a carpet cleaner to remove any remaining yolk.
Talcum Powder for Oil & Grease
The first thing you should do when tackling an oil stain is apply talcum powder and let it sit overnight. In the morning, rub it out with warm water and repeat the process as needed. Depending on how bad a grease stain happens to be, you may need to use a little gasoline.
Nail Polish Remover for Ink
While they may seem impossible to repair, ink stains can actually be remedied quite easily with nail polish remover. If you don’t have any handy, pretty much any liquid that’s primarily acetone should do the trick. If you’re out of options with a particularly stubborn ink stain, try working a little milk in.
Vinegar for Grass Stains
Grass stains are tricky and should be approached with caution. Start rubbing out as much of it as you can with hot water and a towel. Next, create a solution that’s equal parts water, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Heat it up and gently rub it into the carpet until the stain fades away.
Prevention Is Half the Battle
In many cases, a homeowner can reduce the likelihood of a permanent stain by opting for high-quality carpets right off the bat. Modern carpets such as those found at Aggieland Carpet One Floor & Home are specifically engineered to resist staining. Selecting the latest high-tech fabrics will make the clean-up process easier when accidents occur.
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