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Most Common Stains on Carpet and How to Clean Them

Whether it is your child spilling their Kool-Aid, guests tracking in mud, or Fido not letting you know that he needs to go outside, carpet stains are an inevitable part of life. If you act quickly, you can keep most stains from becoming a permanent part of your décor; however, different stains require different treatments. The following looks at how to manage the most common household carpet stains.

The Basics:

It is important to treat a carpet stain as quickly as possible so that it will have less time to penetrate the carpet fibers. To prevent spreading the stain or working it deeper into your carpet, be sure to blot the area instead of scrubbing it. Whether you use a commercial or homemade cleaning product, always apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area to make sure that will not damage your carpet. Finally, be sure to rinse away all traces of any cleaning solution using plenty of cold water to prevent the carpet from matting or becoming sticky and collecting more dirt.

Removing Mud Stains:

Once the mud has dried, vacuum up as much of the dirt as possible. You can then use water and a few drops of common dish soap to blot up the stain.

Removing Kool-Aid Stains:

If treated quickly, most Kool-Aid stains can be removed using a mixture of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon dish soap, and water. You may have to treat the area several times to completely remove the stain.

Removing Ink and Marker Stains:

Gently blot the stain using a mixture of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and water.

Removing Pet Stains:

After blotting up the initial mess, you can deodorize the area by using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Allow the solution to soak into the carpet for several minutes and then blot up the excess. Once the area is almost dry, liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area and then pour 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of dish soap over the baking soda. Work the baking soda into the carpet and then vacuum it up when dry. You should avoid any cleaning products that contain ammonia since the smell may attract your pet to re-offend at the same spot.

Removing Gum or Wax:

Using an ice cube or the canned air found at most electronic stores, freeze the gum or wax. Once hardened, you can pry up the substance with a spoon, table knife, or screwdriver and then clean the area using water and dish soap.

Certain stains require a professional touch. At MasterCare, we use a hot water extraction process and cleaning products that are eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and safe for use around pets. Contact us today for more information.

We proudly serve Osceola and many other surrounding areas so be sure to check out our service are to see if we can make it out to your location!

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