**Learn how to treat a variety of stains on synthetic-fiber carpet. See our post about removing stains from natural-fiber carpets for tips on removing stains from natural carpeting.**
You do your best to take care of your carpet. You ask people to remove their shoes. You vacuum regularly and even use gentle cleaning agents to repel dirt and stains. You also have your carpets professionally cleaned 2-3 times a year. But you still end up getting pesky stains on your beautiful carpet! It’s ok, it happens to all of us. No matter what you do, life is going to happen to your carpet. Whether it is a child, a pet, or your messy friend Steve, something or someone is going to happen to your carpet no matter the steps you take. For those “uh-oh” moments (and the carpet stains that come with them), here are a few tips to clean your carpet and get it looking on point and clean.
Food and Drink. There is no one cleaning method for all kinds of carpets. Use the following tips based on the type of carpet you have and the material it is made of.
- Synthetic-Fiber. Use the following carpet cleaning tips for synthetic stains created by wine, ketchup, chocolate, coffee, tea, beer, milk, tomato sauce, berries, hard candy, juice, soda, Gatorade, Kool-Aid or any other related stain.
- Dip a cloth (it can be a paper towel too as long as it is plain white with no printing. Wouldn’t want that ink to bleed into your carpet…That would kinda defeat the purpose!) into a detergent mix (Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.). Press the cloth on the spot for several seconds. Then wait 10-15 minutes. Use a dry cloth to soak up any remaining liquid.
- Dip a new cloth into a vinegar solution (mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.). Dab the stain repeatedly then push and hold the cloth on the stain for several seconds. Wait another 10-15 minutes. It is important to give the vinegar time to set in. It is removing the left over detergent which, if left behind, will attract dirt and stains.
- Rinse with another cloth soaked with warm water. Allow the carpet to dry. For really bad stains place about ½ inch thick stack of cloth or paper towels (white) after step 2 and place something somewhat heavy on the stain. The pressure pushes the towel onto the stain and helps to towels absorb more.
- Repeat this process as long as you see the stain lightening until it is gone.