At any time, someone could accidentally spill food or beverage on your floor. It can take a single spill to ruin a beautiful, prized carpet.
Most people send their stained carpets to the laundry, but that can be expensive and time-consuming. You can get the same results and completely remove even the toughest wine stains from your carpets by using some home remedies.
How to Remove Beverage Stains from a Carpet
Here is a list of things you can do to remove any kind of beverage stains from your carpet:
1. Wine Stains
Different beverages need to be cleaned differently. If your carpet has a wine stain, then you can clean it with either baking soda, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can be difficult to find, so we will focus on the other two cleaning agents.
First, blot the stain as much as possible. Then make a solution by mixing either baking soda or vinegar with water. Pour the solution on top of the stain and start blotting again. This should easily take even the most stubborn wine out of carpet.
2. Soft Drink Stains
Soft drinks like Coke or Sprite contain soda, and removing soda stains is similar to removing wine stains.
The only difference is the cleaning agent being used. Combine 1 tbsp white vinegar and 1 tbsp concentrated dishwashing soap in 2 cups warm water. Apply the solution over the stain and gently rub it with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the stain comes off.
3. Coffee Stains
To remove coffee stains, you first need to lighten the dark coffee stain as much as possible with a damp piece of cloth. After that, make the same solution as you would with removing soft drink stains.
Gently rub the solution on top of the carpet. If your coffee had cream and that fell on the carpet as well, one capful of enzyme laundry detergent and one cup of warm water should be enough to remove the cream stains.
How to Remove Food Stains From Carpet
Removing pizza and pasta stains can be a bit difficult but not impossible if you follow these steps right away.
1. Remove the Larger Pieces of Food
When someone spills food on your precious carpets, you need to take out the larger chunks of food first. Then clear out all the small bits and pieces.
Otherwise, it will create problems when you try to clean the actual stain. You can wipe the larger pieces with a towel or a clean piece of cloth, and then use a vacuum cleaner to remove the smaller chunks.
2. Clean the Outer Side
Next, you need to wipe the stain with a damp sponge. The sponge will soak up the initial layers of the stain that have not yet been absorbed by the carpet. Gently wipe the damp sponge over the carpet from the outer side and move toward where the main stain is located.
This makes sure the stain does not spread. As you wipe, you will see that the once dark and deep stain has become much lighter. This is a sign that your wiping is done. For deeper cleaning, move on to the next steps.
3. Use Vinegar
Vinegar is one of the best stain removers. Dilute vinegar with warm water and spray the mixture on top of the food stain.
Now let the solution rest for a few minutes. After that, start blotting up the solution along with the stain. You need to continue this until you see the stain getting lighter.
4. Use Baking Soda for Deep Cleaning
Vinegar alone might not be able to remove tough stains completely. While it will lighten the stain, you may still see discoloration.
In such instances, you need to switch to a stronger stain remover. Here, the best solution is baking soda paste. Mix baking soda with water and apply it to the stain, rubbing it in.
Wait for 20 minutes and wipe it off with a clean cloth. This will remove even the nastiest stain from the carpet.
How to Prepare the Perfect Cleaning Agent
There are two kinds of cleaning agents you can make at home. One is good for synthetic carpets that are made of synthetic fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, or polyester. Another one is for fiber carpets that are mostly woolen.
For Synthetic Carpets
To create this solution, mix ¼ teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent with one cup of lukewarm water.
Combine one cup of vinegar with two cups of water.
Apply oil solvents such as nail polish removers with two cups of water.
For Natural Fiber Carpets
Mix one teaspoon with one cup of lukewarm water.
Combine ¼ cup of white vinegar along with ¼ cup of water.
Combine one tablespoon of household ammonia with ½ cup of lukewarm water.
This solution is the same as the synthetic carpet solvent solution. You have to mix oil solvents with two cups of water.
Spilling food and beverage on your carpet is very common. Some stains are tough to clean, and some can be wiped off with a simple wash. Whatever the case, do not panic. Use any of the techniques we discussed above, and you will be able to wipe off even the nastiest stains from your beautiful carpet.