In apartments with carpet, carpet stains are bound to happen. Whether it’s Fido or Fluffy tracking dirt or having an accident, a badly balanced wine glass, a food spill, or simply wear and tear staining, damage to the carpet can spell disaster if you plan to get your security deposit back. Carpet stain removal doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, and there are ways you can eliminate staining to leave your carpet looking fresh and new from the day you move into the day you move out. 5 tricks for at-home carpet stain removal are:
1. Vinegar – No list of at-home carpet stain removal tricks is complete without vinegar. This non-toxic and affordable kitchen staple can be used to eliminate just about any type of carpet stain, and it’s probably something you have sitting in your pantry already. For lighter stains, mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with a tablespoon of salt, lightly rub the mixture into the stain and follow with a vacuum when it’s dry. For darker stains, mix in 1 tablespoon of borax into the mixture and repeat the process. For fruit juices or wine, mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1.5 tablespoons of gentle laundry detergent and combine with 2 cups of water. Work the mixture into the stain and blot up to dry.
2. Ice – Ice is one of those secret tricks that many don’t know, but are glad they learned if you have gum or another sticky substance stuck to your carpet, hold an ice cube to it for around 30 seconds to harden the substance. Once the substance is hard, take a small pair of scissors and carefully clip it from the tops of the carpet fibers. If done correctly, you’ll get the substance out without any noticeable carpet damage.
3. Shaving cream – Also perfect for wine, juice, or other dark stains is your basic bottle of shaving cream. Simply apply the cream to the spot, allow it to work its magic for around 30 minutes, and blot up the shaving cream with the stain using a damp sponge or cloth.
4. Cornstarch and milk – For ink stains, a combination of cornstarch and milk can work its wonders on any carpet. Mix milk and cornstarch to make a paste, and apply the paste to the ink stain. Allow the mixture to dry for a couple of hours, and simply brush away with a vacuum. The combination will soak up the ink and allow it to be brushed out of the carpet with ease.
5. Hydrogen peroxide – For the mystery stain, hydrogen peroxide is a must have. Just take a small teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide, mix it with a little non-gel toothpaste or cream of tartar, and rub the paste into the stain using a soft clean cloth. Follow with a rinse and watch the stain melt away!
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