Removing stains from carpet is something most of us have to deal with from time to time; I’ve certainly had my fair share of disasters over the years of raising kids, kittens, and puppies. We get quite a few emails asking about the best way to remove different stains. Some react well to soapsuds, some are best dealt with with a paste made from cream of tartar and water, and some can be removed with glycerine.
For all the info on what to do for which stain, check out the guide from the book “Recipes For A Cleaner Life,” now on our blog. If you’ve found there’s something that has been left off the list, and you have a tried and true method, I’d love to hear about it. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and once I’ve checked it out, I’ll update the blog.
Carpet Stain Removal Guide
Dirt — Brush thoroughly with a soft brush. Then sponge with mild soapsuds like Wendyl’s Lavender Laundry Liquid and rinse carefully with clean water, blot with an old towel.
Grease — Sprinkle the spot with Fuller’s Earth (this is otherwise known as bentonite clay) and when the grease has been absorbed remove with a brush.
Ink — Take up freshly spilled ink with blotting paper then sponge the spot thoroughly with milk, allowing the milk to stand several minutes. Wash out the milk with clean hot water, and to assist drying sprinkle with clean cornmeal. Old ink stains may be removed by moistening and adding citric acid, then rub the spot gently, repeating until it disappears, rinse with clean water and blot with an old towel.
Paint — Fresh paint can be removed by rubbing with a cloth wet in turpentine, gently scraping, then moistening the remainder with Vaseline. Wash out any remaining turps and Vaseline with warm soapy water then bolt with an old towel.
Grass — Make a paste of cream of tartar and water and rub into the stain. When thoroughly dry remove from the carpet with a sponge wet in alcohol (vodka is ideal).
Animal Stains — Clean at once and rub with a cloth soaked in weak ammonia solution (one part to twenty parts water) then absorb with a cloth or blotter.
Chocolate — Sprinkle with Wendyl’s Premium borax then spray with water until just wet. Leave for 15 minutes then remove with a cloth and cold water. When dry, if any borax remains, remove with a brush or vacuum cleaner.
Red Wine — Blot stain with a clean cloth, absorb as much as you can. Mix 1 Tbs Wendyl’s Premium White Vinegar with 1 Tbs dishwash liquid, dip in a sponge and apply to the stain, keep blotting and applying until gone.
Coffee — Rub with glycerine (available from your chemist) and leave to soak overnight. Sponge with warm water.
Nail Polish — Sponge with acetone (nail polish remover).