Here are a few tips I’ve accumulated to get rid of and clean carpet stains, remember to always test in a small, unnoticeable area first to make sure there won’t be any discoloration or damage.
- Saturate a clean, white cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab at the spot to try to lift up as much of it as possible.
- Mix 1/4 cup water with 3/4 cup household vinegar. Spray the area generously but not too much that it will soak the under padding. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then dip a white cloth in the water/vinegar mixture and dab area.
- Use a bar of Ivory Soap wrapped with a wet cloth or try a gentle bristle brush.
- Try a laundry stain remover pen or stick (use on light colored fibers only).
- Pull up gum by covering and slathering the wad with a teaspoon of peanut butter. Allow it to sit for a minute or two, then pull up with a wet cloth. Clean the area with a wet, soapy cloth.
- Spot clean with club soda.
- Dab with a soapy sponge, then with hydrogen peroxide or a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and household ammonia (careful on colored fibers, more for light tones).
- Blot with household vinegar.
- Try a baby wipe if you have one on hand.
- OxiClean–I’ve had great success with this product.
- Mix together 4 tablespoons baking soda, 6 teaspoons household ammonia, 1/4 cup liquid Ivory dish detergent, 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water. Sponge into spot, allow to dry then vacuum.
- Make a thick paste with cornstarch and water and apply to area, allow to dry then vacuum up. May need a few applications.
Keep In Mind:
- Don’t scrub in, but blot out and wipe upward if possible.
- Avoid applying so much liquid that it soaks and saturates the under padding.
- Don’t take any chances–always test a small area first to make sure there won’t be any discoloration.
- If you have pets, avoid using ammonia as it may trigger your pet to relieve himself on that spot.
Spilled nail polish can make an awful mess and here’s a tip sent in by Charlotte to clean that up:
- First clean what you can of the spill by blotting it up with paper towels.
- Next pour a little nail polish remover on the spill and blot the polish up, don’t rub it all over because it will just spread…just blot it up. Keep applying and blotting it up until the stain is gone.
- If you missed the spill and didn’t notice it until it dried, still try this but wait about 5 minutes before blotting up so it has a chance to work.
- After I did this there was a little trouble spot I missed but I was able to scrape it out with the edge of a plastic spoon, just soften with more remover and scrape it out. A plastic knife would probably work better but I was trying to do the least damage to the carpet fibers as possible.
- Afterwards wash the area with a bit of soapy water and then sponge with clear water to get rid of any residue.
Tipnut’s Notes: Use an acetone based product and one that isn’t oily (so you don’t have to deal with an oily residue left behind). Nice one to keep on file, thanks a bunch Charlotte!