That said, some stains will be too stubborn to remove. If you've tried all of our following suggestions with no results, then it’s time to replace your carpet. At High Country Flooring, we can install beautiful new carpet in your home that will wow your guests and we’ll give you some maintenance ideas to keep it looking nice.
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Here are five secrets to help remove stains from your carpeting.
1. Don't Let the Stain Set
Time isn't on your side when liquids get onto your carpet. The longer a staining substance goes untouched, the deeper it will set into the carpet which makes it harder to remove. As soon as the accident happens and stains your carpet; you need to get to work.
However, if the mess is caused by dirt or mud, let it dry first and vacuum up any pieces thoroughly before attempting to clean it up.
2. Be Sure to Blot
When it comes to removing a stain, you should never start with rubbing or scrubbing the carpet. This will only push the stain further into the fibers and make it harder to remove. Instead, use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot the area. This method helps absorb the stain rather than spreading it around.
3. Try Warm Water First
Before turning to a slew of cleaning products or solutions, pour a little bit of warm water on the stain first. This can be a helpful step if the stain is from blood, wine, juice, or other water-soluble substances. The warm water will help break down the stain and make it easier to remove. Make sure the water isn't too warm though because hot water can make a stain worse.
4. Mix a Homemade Cleaning Solution
Store-bought cleaners can efficiently remove stains, but the costs can quickly add up on these products if you aren’t paying attention. If you’re out of those store-bought cleaners or don’t want to use one, there are some common household items you can use to make your own cleaning solution. Depending on the type of spill, here are some mixtures to make:
- Detergent Cleaner – Mix 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water. Once it’s ready to go, this cleaner is ideal for dirt, mud, and grease stains.
- Vinegar Cleaner – Combine 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. This cleaner works best on food and drink stains.
- Ammonia Cleaner – Add 1 tablespoon of household ammonia to 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. You’ll want to use this mixture to remove ink and pet stains.
Any of these homemade cleaning solutions can be very effective for tough stains in your carpet. Baking soda is also a great way to get rid of odors from pet stains or other sources. All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda over the affected area, let it sit for an hour or two, and then vacuum it up. As you make your own cleaner, it's important to follow the instructions carefully because mixing certain chemicals at the wrong proportions can lead to negative consequences.
5. Treat Pet Stains Differently
If you have pets, chances are they've left stains on your carpet before. As much as we love our furry friends, pet stains can be especially difficult to remove. They often contain harmful bacteria and odors that linger long after the stain is gone as well.
To get rid of pet stains, use a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water or a store-bought pet stain remover. This will help break down the stain and neutralize any odors. Remember: the sooner you treat the stain, the easier it will be to remove.
Can't Get Rid of Stains? Upgrade to New Carpet in Denver with High Country
If you've tried all the tips and tricks for getting stains out of your Denver carpet but still can't seem to get rid of them, it may be time to consider replacing your carpet. High Country Flooring offers a wide selection of carpets that fit any style and budget. From plush carpets with stain-resistant fibers to durable Berber carpet, High Country has the perfect carpet for your home.
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