There’s nothing more annoying than installing wall-to-wall carpeting or buying a gorgeous Chinese rug, only to see it end up covered with stains. Getting stains on your carpet is a natural byproduct of living, but it can really detract from the appearance of your home. The problem is that you may be able to partially remove a stain, but unless you use a treatment that is specifically designed for it, you will not get rid of it completely.
One of the most common – and obvious – stains is red wine. If you spill red wine on your carpet, then you need to take fast action. Grab a clean cloth and soak up as much of the wine as you can. Then, try to remove the rest using standard carpet shampoo and see what effect this has. If you can still see the stain, spray hydrogen peroxide over it and then follow this up with a generous sprinkling of baking soda. Let this sit for 2 to 3 minutes, and then rinse it away with water. Hydrogen peroxide does have a bleaching effect, but it is very mild compared to household bleach – so it is unlikely that it will bleach your carpet. However, if you are worried, test the hydrogen peroxide on an unobtrusive area of your carpet and see if any bleaching occurs.
Salt can also cause problematic carpet stains, especially if you live somewhere like Toronto, Ottawa, or Montréal, where there is a lot of snow in the winter. All that salt on the roads gets tramped into your car, as well as into your house when people forget to take their boots off. One approach to removing salt stains is to use a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Put this into a spray bottle, and spray the affected area until it is absolutely dripping wet. Then, press a dry, fluffy towel over the wet area and leave it in place until the towel is soaked. Keep on repeating this process until the salt stain disappears. If this doesn’t work, it is time to call in the pros – for example, in southern Ontario, take a look at finestcarpetcleaning.ca.
Finally, pet stains on carpets can be a real problem. Even if you clean your carpets, vestiges of the stain and associated smell will always remain. To combat this, buy a bacteria-based cleaner of the type that is used to digest waste in septic systems. You should be able to get this at an industrial cleaning supply company. Dilute the bacterial cleaner as you would a regular carpet shampoo, and then use your rug shampooer to spread the solution over the affected area – but make sure that you don’t suck the mixture back. Leave this to soak for at least an hour so that the bacterial enzymes can do their job. Then, use your rug shampooer to set up the solution from the area. This normally gets rid of the stain completely, but if any remains, simply repeat the process.