There are certain stains that just seem impossible to remove. This is especially true when it comes to carpets. Whether it happens to a brand new carpet that you just had installed or an older carpet that you have had for years, here are a few tips to help you remove these tough stains:
Fruit Punch: Pull out your handy dandy club soda and drench the stain with this carbonated beverage. Once the area begins to fizz, soak up the club soda by forcefully blotting. If the stain has been sitting for awhile or is an older stain continue with the club soda method several times to help lighten the it’s appearance. Use your carpet cleaner on the blemish and if it remains you can use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to saturate it. Let the peroxide sit for about 10 to 15 minutes then blot with a towel. Pay close attention that you are not fading the color of your carpet while using this method.
Red Wine: Most red wine can be cleaned up by simply using white wine. Pour the white wine on the stain and saturate with salt. Be careful when using salt as it can create a damp patch if not done properly. Follow this up with club soda and carpet cleaner as mentioned in the fruit punch clean up method.
Coffee: When coffee has been spilled make sure to act quickly! Since coffee is so dark, it helps to remove as much as possible before you begin cleaning. Make sure to blot up as much of it as you can and then apply some club soda in the same way that you would with a fruit punch stain. Continue to apply and blot the stain until it starts to disappear. If the stain does not completely fade with the use of club soda, try using a small amount of laundry detergent and warm water. Pour on a little detergent, scrub and then blot.
Gum: Gum needs to be frozen and then scraped up before you can begin cleaning. Freeze the gum by rubbing it with ice in a bag then scrape off as much as you can. Use petroleum jelly to loosen any left over remanence of gum and then use a regular carpet cleaner. If all else fails, you can use a few of the above methods to try and get the spot completely clean.
As you can see, there are several fairly simple methods that can get out even the toughest stains.