Carpeting, though it can make a space convenient, can be a real chore to clean. Stains in the carpeting can become particularly more of a challenge when they have been allowed to dry and absorb into the carpet fibers. You can reduce or remove even the most set-in stains, however, using the right cleaning solution. Dependent upon the type of stain, keep a few cleaning techniques in mind.

 

Things Needed:

Ammonia
Bleach
Microfiber towel
Spray bottle
Steam cleaner
White vinegar

Directions:

  1. Put together ΒΌ teaspoon of white vinegar with 1 qt. of water. Shake very well to mix. Pour the mixture right into a spray bottle and then thoroughly saturate the stained area. This method works best on water-soluble stains, such as fruit juices, soda or dirt. Let the mixture soak for a few moments so that it can fully penetrate the fibers. By using a microfiber towel, gently blot the area to absorb the liquid as well as the stain. Allow the area to air dry. In case a stain remains, repeat with the mixture until the stain is lifted.
  2. Add a tablespoon of ammonia to the mixture then shake to combine. Apply amply to the stain if it is not fully lifted. Blot using a cloth to remove. In the event the carpet is white, you can use chlorine bleach instead of ammonia, but never combine the bleach with ammonia. If you use bleach, apply a drop of bleach to an inconspicuous area to determine how it will affect the carpet.
  3. Apply heat to remove oily stains that are not water-soluble. For instance, apply the heat of a hair dryer onto the stain and blot using a paper towel. An alternative is to lay the towel over the stain and iron away to absorb the stain.
  4. Rent a steam cleaner. A steam cleaner can be a highly effective solution for set in stains when all else fails. These cleaners use heat as well as non-chlorine cleaning detergent to power through a large selection of stains.

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