Many homeowners do everything they can in their power to keep their carpets clean. And the fact of the matter is, dust will accumulate on the carpet, therefore it is important to vacuum at least once a week. It is also crucial to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year, and no less than once every two years.
However, vacuuming dusty carpet is not what makes homeowners (or office owners with carpet in their offices) anxious. What drives the anxiety up is the fact that whenever a spill happens- it is easy to worry that the stain will not come out regardless of what type of substance spilled on the carpet. And those who have light-colored carpet worry more, understandably so because of the fact the stain will show up more.
The first thing to do when any spill happens, always use a light-colored towel or rag so the dye from colored-towels does not seep in. Secondly, blot the stain up instead of rubbing the carpet. It will only cause the stain to settle more. Now let’s look at the type of substances that would stain carpet, as well as how to treat those stains effectively.
Pet Urine Stains
If you have a dog or a cat and the pet accidentally pees on the carpet, don’t worry. It is advisable to purchase a solution that is meant to clean up pet stains, or use warm water and a small amount of dish soap, and take a white towel, wet it and blot it up. After that, it is advisable to throw some baking soda onto the area that was stained so it absorbs the odor. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. The stain will be gone.
Cola, Coffee or Tea
Whether you or a guest has any of these beverages, be prepared that an accidental spill will happen. All you do is take 1 cup of lukewarm water, and add 3/4 of dishsoap to it, and take a white rag and dunk it into the solution. Then use the wet rag to blot up the stain. It will remove it quite well. Therefore, there is no need to stress over it!
Someone could have a scrape or a bloody nose and it could spill on the carpet. That is anxiety provoking because if blood gets onto the carpet, you will wonder how it can possibly be cleaned. Blood will dry fast, so what you will want to do is take a wire brush and gently remove the debris. Then take cold water (not hot) and mix it with a small amount of dish soap. Take a white rag and dip it into the solution, and blot it up. You can also use 1/2 cup of cold water as well as 1 teaspoon of ammonia to clean it up if cold water and dish soap don’t do the trick. Never use hot water as it could cause the blood to settle.
That said, there is never a need to panic about spills falling onto your carpet. As long as you are proactive about cleaning it up quickly and using the right type of solutions which was mentioned above, then the stain will be gone.