14 Jun Removing Old Stains from Carpet
How To Remove Old Carpet Stains
We all know the best time to remove carpet stains is the minute they happen. That isn’t always possible in real life. It’s also not helpful if you’ve moved into a house with an existing carpet.
How do you get those old, set-in stains out? Is it even possible? Here are some home remedies for removing old stains. If you need professional help with old, set-in stains, call CarpetKeepers.
Start With a Vacuum
Start every carpet cleaning job by vacuuming first. Running the vacuum over your carpet will remove surface dirt and debris. Get this out of the way before you dig into the stains.
Baking Soda Paste
This solution will help remove some old stains. To use it, make a paste of baking soda and warm water. The paste should have the consistency of toothpaste.
Baking soda will remove fruit juice stains, wine, vomit, and blood. It is also a good deodorizer.
To use it:
- Work the paste deeply into the stained carpet fibers.
- Place 5 to 6 paper towels over the stain.
- Place a weight over the paper towels to hold them down.
- Allow the spot to dry. As it does, you will see the stain get lifted into the paper towels.
- Throw away the paper towels and vacuum the dry residue.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Adding vinegar to baking soda makes baking soda’s cleaning power stronger. This mixture can help take out old stains and odors, including mud, mold, and food odors.
To use it:
- Pour vinegar directly onto the stain. You can use white vinegar or cider vinegar.
- Sprinkle baking soda directly on the vinegar.
- You’ll see the baking soda bubble as it hits the vinegar. You may also see the stain start to lift.
- Blot with paper towels and vacuum any residue.
Only use this on a white carpet. Using it on a dyed carpet will leave bleach stains. Hydrogen peroxide will lose its stain-fighting ability if you put it in a clear bottle, so leave it in its dark bottle until you use it.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that will remove most stain types.
To use it on carpet:
- Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Use only as much as you’ll need for a single time.
- Spray the hydrogen peroxide directly on the stains.
- Wipe the stain with a paper towel or soft cloth.
Are All Set-In Stains Removable?
Unfortunately, these home remedies won’t work on every old stain. If the carpet had cat urine stains, for instance, it will be almost impossible to get the stain and the smell out. Some wine, pet, and food stains may not come out without professional cleaning.
Get That Old Carpet Looking Like New
Is there hope for that dirty old carpet? There is. At CarpetKeepers, we use our patented PureScience cleaning method to remove old, set-in stains that most cleaning products can’t get out. Most professional cleaning companies can’t get stains out the way we can. We even take out old, set-in pet urine, vomit, food, and mildew stains.
We can get that old carpet looking and smelling like new. Call us to discover the power of PureScience.