How To Get Stains Out Of Carpet, Clothes, Mattress, and Car Upholstery

how to get stains out of carpet

Is vinegar good for cleaning carpets? Today my adventure is to get this red kool-aid stains out of my carpet. When I had a professional clean our office carpets, he told me that red spills are difficult to remove out of the carpet. Last week I attempted to remove the stain using a mixture of water and dish soap and salt. First I saturated the stain with dish soap and water. I poured salt on it and let it dry. Then I vacuumed the salt up. It sure did lighten the stain up but I’m definitely NOT satisfied!

Today I will be trying something completely different get red stains out of carpet easy!

2 tbsp dish soap
1-2 cups water
light or white towel
hot iron

Mix dish soap with water. I put it on the stain, put the towel on, then I started ironing away. At first, I was concerned because there was no sign of the stain on the towel but as soon as I lifted the towel I could see a difference!!! I repeated the process a few times and look.

how to get stains out of carpet

How to get stains out of carpet with baking soda

I have a lot of problems with coffee and other stains on my carpets as I have health issues which makes me a bit unsteady and as the Bissell cleaner wasn’t really doing the job I decided to try out the natural carpet cleaners with baking soda and vinegar.

1 Scoop Soda crystals
2 Scoops Baking soda
1 Sup of Vinegar

Put the ingredients in the water container of my Bissell carpet cleaner and filled with hot water, slowly as it fizzes. After just one clean this was the result!

Here are the steps to remove a set red stain out of carpet such as the above mentioned (kool-aid, red juices, etc.):

  • Make a small container mix of hot water with an ample amount of blue Dawn dish washing liquid.
  • Pour the solution on the stained area and wait about a minute or so to let the Dawn do its work.
  • Grab a roll of paper towels (like Bounty, the “Quicker Picker Upper”).
  • Get your iron out and plug it in with the setting on high. Let it warm up nice and hot.
  • Take about 5 or 6 sections of dry paper towels and fold them so they are just wider than your iron and lay them over the stained area
  • Take your hot iron and press down on the paper towels.

(Don’t let your iron contact the carpet directly or you will have a bigger problem, since most carpet is made from plastic, such as nylon,) Instantly the paper towels will begin soaking up the water and a steaming action will occur, hot steam everywhere.

Don’t worry its just the hot iron and water making contact. You have just created an instant home steam cleaner that will work on most stains actually.

When you lift your iron, you should see the stain color being wicked up on the paper towels. When that batch of paper towels becomes soaked, make a new batch and repeat until the towels don’t soak up much water anymore.

On my stain, I had to apply 3 batches of Dawn and hot water, repeating the whole steaming process. With a little patience, the stain disappeared and my apartment deposit is still intact.

Don’t use white cloth towels as others have suggested, why ruin a perfectly good towel or rag. Paper towels are cheap and soak up the moisture more effectively.

How do you get old stains out of wool carpet?

This can be a powerful stain remover, but one you definitely want to test on your carpet before using. In most cases, 3% hydrogen peroxide is safe on carpet, but it’s still good to be safe.

how to get old stains out of wool carpet
  • Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing detergent to create a paste. It should be in a 1:3 ratio of hydrogen peroxide to detergent. Test the paste in an inconspicuous area first then spread it directly over the stain if it’s safe to use.
  • Apply the paste with a toothbrush (or rag) directly to the stain. Try to rug it mildly to allow it to penetrate (removing some of the old dried stains in the previous step should help it penetrate as well). Let it sit for about 15 minutes to do its work. Then, blot it up with cool water.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the spots, mix 2 tablespoons of clear dish soap and 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 4 cups of warm water! Spray baking soda area with a mixture of liquids in a bottle, let it soak at least 10/15 minutes! Wipe up and let dry before vacuuming!

How to get playdough stains out of carpet

When attempting to remove PLAY-DOH compound do NOT use hot water or cleaning solutions of any kind.

To remove PLAY-DOH compound from carpets or fabrics, allow it to dry completely, then loosen with a stiff brush. It may be necessary to vacuum clean or also wash with gentle soap and cold water. You may need to repeat the process in order to completely remove the PLAY-DOH compound.

How to get dog poop stains out of carpet

How to get poop stains out of carpet, so that you can have a happy home again. Don’t let the stain sit. Try to pick up as much of the waste as possible as fast as you can, to avoid letting the stain set in and do permanent damage to your carpet.

How to get poop stains out of carpet

Scrape off any excess poop from the carpet fibers. Try to use a moist paper towel or baby wipe and pinch the carpet fibers to pick up as much material as you can.

Mix a cleaning solution of two cups cool water, one tablespoon of liquid non-bleach dish soap and one tablespoon white vinegar. Make sure the dish soap is completely free of bleach before you use it to avoid lightening or discoloring your carpet.

Caution: Before trying any stain remover on your carpet, always test a small, inconspicuous area with the solution or cleaner to avoid permanently damaging or staining high-traffic sections of your carpet. Apply the cleaning solution and look for colorfastness (fading or running dye) and any other type of fiber damage.

Spray or pour a small amount of your cleaning solution directly onto the stain. Blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed, and repeat until you can no longer see the stain. Depending on the size of the stain, this may take effort and a lot of patience.

Make sure that you don’t rub the affected area – you might make the stain worse! Remember not to oversaturate the carpet with your cleaning solution, as you might do damage to your carpet or carpet pad.

(Pro tip: Consider using disposable towels or rags to blot the stain, so you can simply throw them out later.)

Once the stain has disappeared, spray or pour a small amount of cold water onto the area. Blot it up with a new cloth to remove any excess cleaning solution from your carpet and carpet pad.

Once dried, sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, vacuum it up and you should be left with a new sparkling carpet!

How to get stains out of car carpet

  • A heavy duty spray bottle
  • 1 Tablespoon Dawn blue dish soap
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup club soda
  • A scrub brush

Mix the Dawn, vinegar, and club soda together in the heavy-duty spray bottle. Shake or swirl lightly before use.

After a thorough vacuuming, I made sure to scrape off any crusty or sticky substances from the upholstery surface. I then sprayed liberally over the stained areas and let the solution sit for about 5–10 minutes. I returned with my scrub brush and scrubbed over the stains in little circles. To my amazement, most of the stains faded and disappeared right before my very eyes!

To finish the work, I resprayed the worst stains and scrubbed them again. I then used the SteamVac’s handheld spinning attachment and water sprayer over each section, even beyond the borders of the stains themselves. The SteamVac lapped up the excess liquid with ease and I was given a glimpse of just how astonishingly-good Dawn, vinegar, and club soda work as a team.

I didn’t have any doubts that this would be an easy car upholstery stain remover, I just had no idea the transformation would be this incredible.

How to removing coffee stains from carpet

For removing coffee stains from carpet blot up excess coffee with a clean, dry cloth. Presoak the stain in a solution of 1-quart warm water, ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent (not laundry detergent) and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 15 minutes.

How to removing coffee stains from carpet

Rinse the stained area with warm water, use a sponge and rubbing alcohol to blot up any remaining stain.

Wash as normalIf the old coffee stain doesn’t come out the first time, repeat these steps until it does. Most stains, unless they’re very old, will come out after one or two times through these steps.

How to remove high traffic stains from carpet

Our carpet had horrible high traffic areas. We pre-treated carpet by spaying oxy clean several times with the garden sprayer and let sit for about an hour. We put very very hot water into the tank and used the same cleaner in the machine. It turned out like new carpet!

I’ve found that the cleaner remaining in the carpet gives the dirt something to cling to, especially in the high traffic areas. Try using your carpet cleaner machine with just water and 2 ounces of fabric softener.

This will pull the residual soap out, and the fabric softener will kill the suds. then when it dries, shampoo the regular way. Now after I shampoo the regular way, and it dries. I go back over it with just water and a little fabric softener. It comes out soft and fluffy. More work, but it made a big difference to me.

I recently had my carpets professionally cleaned and I asked what is the best thing to use to clean spots without leaving a residue that actually attracts more dirt such as Resolve and Oxiclean. He told me the best thing to use was plain club soda. He said to pour it on let it sit a few minutes and then use a shop vac or wet-dry vacuum cleaner of some sort to suck up the excess liquid. He said for most stains you shouldn’t even have to rub at all. He said this will work on pet stains also.

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