Your four-year-old just spilled grape juice all over the living room carpet. No big deal. You’ll clean it up later. If you shift the end table a little to the left, it will cover the stain right up. The problem with this is that if you keep ignoring spills, mud or other common stains, you’ll look up one day and find your living room covered in wall-to-wall stains. The better option is to deal with carpet floor stains as soon as they happen. The longer you let the stain sit, the harder it will be to remove.
Remove Common Stains
Common stains such as jelly, colas, ice cream, mud, milk, washable paint and gravy are easy to remove. If the stain is fresh, use a white cloth that has been moistened with water to blot the stain dry. Instead of covering the entire stain at once with the cloth, blot it from the outside in. The stain should transfer from the rug to the cloth.
If the stain is dried, apply water to it using a spray bottle. Let it sit for a few minutes and then blot it dry. If this does not work, add a little white vinegar or detergent to the cloth. To rinse the detergent from the carpet, spray some water on the area and blot it with a white paper towel. Spray the area with water again and lay a dry, absorbent white cloth over it. Let the cloth sit on the spot few hours until the carpet is dry.
Tough stains such as coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, vomit and blood require more cleaning power. In a spray bottle, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with one cup of water. If you have a wool or wool blend carpet, do not use ammonia. Instead, use mild detergent. Spay the mixture on the stain and blot it dry. Repeat the process if all of the stain doesn’t come up the first time. Rinse the vinegar or detergent from the rug using the same technique mentioned earlier.
There are also stain cleaners on the market formulated to reduce stains from your living room carpet. Before you use a commercial stain remover, test it on an inconspicuous area of your carpet to that ensure that it won’t discolor or damage it.
Points to Remember
Don’t scrub stains. You may ruin the carpet fibers or cause the stain to soak through to the padding. This can damage the floors beneath your carpet. Also, while no carpet is 100 percent stain proof, rugs that are treated with stain resistant treatments are easier to clean and will typically outlast materials without treatments.
A stain-free carpet is important if you want to preserve its beauty and keep your living space serene. If you have concerns about reducing stains on living room carpet floors, contact a professional to help. Typically, professional cleaners are capable of removing many stubborn stains that household cleaning solutions are not able to improve.
About the Author
John Samuels is an active author for home improvement and home cleaning topics across the web. He focuses on helping homeowners remove stains from various surfaces including carpet flooring, hardwood, and tile.