How to Clean Your Carpet

We get a lot of phone calls with the same question, “How do I get this stain out of my carpet?” And while we’re sure there is one answer for everything, we’ve created a guide to help teach you how to clean different types of stain to help ensure your carpets will stay looking new and clean!

1. Blood, Butter, Cola Drinks, Cosmetics, Grease, Ink, Milk, Paint (wet), Tea
We know what you’re thinking. Blood? What are they doing over there? Nothing illegal…we promise. Don’t look in our warehouse. If you do need to get any of these stains out of your carpet, the first step is to thoroughly blot the area with a cotton cloth or paper towel. Next, mix together a few drops of dish washing detergent with one quart of water in a spray bottle, and spray the area, repeating the blotting until the stain has been removed. If the stain persists, in a separate spray bottle, mix a 25% solution of bleach to water and spray the affected area. Allow the bleach solution to sit for about 15 minutes, rinse with water, and blot with the cotton cloth. Repeat this until the stain has been taken care of!

2. Coffee, Urine, Vomit
Stuff happens, but ew. If you need to rid your carpet of these stains, blot the area, then spray white vinegar on the stained area. Let that sit for a minute, then use your dish detergent and water solution and blot with the cotton cloth or paper towel. Repeat this until the stain has disappeared. If the stain persists, repeat the bleach solution in the step above until the stain is gone!

3. Wine
Imagine spilling red wine on your new carpet. We hope you only have to imagine it. If you do manage to spill wine, start by spraying some household ammonia on the area and let it sit for a few minutes. After, use your dish detergent and water solution, spray it on the carpet, and blot with a cotton cloth or paper towel.
If the stain persists, repeat the bleach solution in the first step until the stain is gone!

4. Furniture Polish, Asphalt, Crayon Markers, Grease (auto), Ink (ball-point), Lipstick
I’m sure this isn’t a very common one, but I’m sure it’s happened to someone. If you do happen to get some drops of furniture polish, asphalt, or other grease on your new carpet, start cleaning it by blotting as much as possible with a cotton cloth or paper towel. After, apply a citrus-based solvent to the cotton cloth, and blot. It is very important to note that you should apply the solvent directly to the carpet or you can
permanently damage it. You should also use rubber gloves and open your windows to provide adequate ventilation.

5. Chewing Gum, Wax
You’re welcome to try, but we don’t think peanut butter will get gum out of carpet. If you do drop your gum or wax, freeze it with ice or a commercially available product in a spray can. Once the gum or wax is frozen, use a hard object to shatter it and vacuum immediately. If you do not get all of it the first time, repeat until all of it has been picked up. As you can see, there are many different kind of substances that can stain your carpet.

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