Cleaning Up After Guests: Top Five Fixes For Carpet Stains

San Diego guests can linger long after the holiday season is over due to our excellent weather…and the messes and spills on your carpets from entertaining could linger even longer!  The holidays are full of parties and celebrations, beach days, biking, hiking and all sorts of activities that can take a toll on your carpets.  Our expert carpet cleaners at Bonded Carpet have put together the “Top Five Fixes for Carpet Stains” to help our customers clean up after their parties.

Depending on the stain, you will need some or all of these solutions:

  • Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.
  • Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
  • Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent or substitute with a non-acetone nail-polish remover.

All of these remedies are for SYNTHETIC CARPET ONLY!  Most carpeting in homes is synthetic – so we will only address these in this blog.  However, if you have spills on your Natural Carpet (typically woven rugs and such) then please visit our DIY Carpet Care webpage for complete care for all carpets. 

 

 #1: Spilt Drinks (Gatorade, Wine, Coffee, Juice…)

Don't cry over spilt wine.
Don’t cry over spilt wine.

During the summer the kids are often home more which means more time for them to spill…and of course every great BBQ has at least one wine spill!

1. Dip a white cloth (or a white paper towel with no printing) into the detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes and then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.

2. Dip a cloth into the vinegar solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait another 15 minutes.

3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Wait one hour or until the carpet dries completely. For really bad spills, place a 1/2-inch-thick stack of white paper towels over the stain after step 2, and then lay a glass-baking dish on top for 15 minutes.

4. Repeat these steps until it is gone (may take 2 or 3 rounds)

 

 #2: Dirt & Mud (and other “dirt-y” things)

How To Clean Mud Out of Carpet
Vacuum a mud stain first to get all dry dirt out.

We all love it when the kids spend the day outside…but we don’t love it when they track mud on our carpets!

1. Vacuum to remove as much dry dirt as possible.

2. Dip a white cloth into detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.

3. Dip another dry white cloth in lukewarm water and dab repeatedly, then press it on the spot for a few seconds.

 

#3: Tree Sap & Bike Grease …and other oily stuff

Exploring “the great outdoors” can make for lasting memories…but lets make sure that they don’t make any lasting stains.

1. Apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth. Dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds.

2. Blot with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water to rinse.

3. Wait until the carpet completely dries. If the stain is getting lighter, repeat until the stain is removed.

 

#4:  Ketchup (Yes, this really works!)

How to clean ketchup from a carpet
Yes, miracles do happen and ketchup CAN be cleaned!

Can you believe that America consumes over 78 million gallons of ketchup a year?  The amount of ketchup a family can consume in a summer is incredible… and unfortunately often there is proof of this in your carpet.  Not to worry, this can fix it!

1. Dip a white cloth (or a white paper towel with no printing) into the detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes and then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.

2. Dip a cloth into the vinegar solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds and then wait another 15 minutes.  For big spills, place a 1/2-inch-thick stack of white paper towels over the stain and then lay a glass-baking dish on top for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water and then wait until the carpet dries completely.

4. Repeat these steps until it is gone (as long as you are seeing improvement after the first round of treatment).

 

 #5:  Chewing Gum (Works for wax spills, too)

How to clean gum out of carpet
Did you know a bag of ice is the trick to getting gum out of carpet?

The good news is it is much easier to remove chewing gum from carpets than it is to get out of your kids’ hair!

1. Gently rub the spot with a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes until the stain hardens. Shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spatula, and vacuum up the chips.

2. Apply a small amount of solvent with a white cloth & blot.

3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water.

 

 

 

 

 

Not all stains can be removed, but most can always be repaired!

Bonded Carpet’s Carpet Cleaning Technicians specialize in “cookie cutter” repairs that cut out the stain and replace it with a piece of carpeting from a closet or hallway.  This is a very cost effective way to extend the life of your carpeting.  In the event you are not happy, we can put the cost of carpet cleaning towards new carpet installed by Bonded Carpet.

Click Here to Get a Free Estimate or Book an Appointment Today or CALL 858.386.1660 to get  expert advice.

 

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