4 Natural Ways To Tackle Carpet Stains
You can’t always avoid it. Your beautiful carpet is likely to get stained no matter how much care you take on it. But can you naturally remove carpet stains without exposing your family to harsh cleaning chemicals?
Removing carpet stains can be a difficult task. If you are dealing with old carpet stains, removing these carpets can be a lot of time and effort. This is why it is best to be prepared to remove the stains as soon as they appear. These natural solutions avoid the use of harmful cleaning chemicals that add to indoor air pollution. Using simple ingredients that you may already have at home to clean your carpet stains will save you a lot of money.
Let’s look at some natural ways to effectively remove carpet stains.
1. Use salt, vinegar and borax
You can make your own natural carpet stain remover from three ingredients that you may already have at home: table salt, white vinegar, and borax powder. Note that while borax is a naturally occurring mineral, it is not safe to ingest and should be kept away from children.
How To Make And Use This Natural Stain Remover:
- Mix ¼ cup of salt, ¼ cup of white vinegar, and ¼ cup of borax into a paste.
- Apply the paste to the stained area.
- Let dry for 24 hours and then vacuum.
- Clean with water to remove residue.
- Blot the area with a clean, dry cloth.
2. Use baking soda for greasy or oily stains
This common baking ingredient has a wide range of household uses. One of these uses is to remove stubborn carpet stains. If you get greasy or oily stains on your carpet, baking soda can help remove the stains without using harmful chemicals.
Just follow these steps:
- Sprinkle the baking soda over the carpet stain.
- Let the baking soda sit overnight or at least 6 hours.
- Then vacuum the area.
- Use a cloth dampened with alcohol to remove any remaining residue.
3. Use cornstarch on spills
While cornstarch isn’t of much help with dried stains, its absorbent properties make it useful on large liquid spills.
- Blot off excess liquid with a dry, clean cloth.
- Spread the cornstarch over the entire stain. Let the cornstarch soak up the liquid.
- Scrape off the powder and vacuum the area.
4. Use a natural stain remover
As a final resource, you can use natural enzyme stain removers available in the market like Puracy Natural Stain Remover. This product uses natural ingredients that are biodegradable and non-toxic.
Before using a stain remover, you should first test it on an inconspicuous spot on your carpet. Some cleaning solutions can damage certain carpets. To try it out:
- Apply several drops to the test area. Hold a white cloth on the damp spot for about 10 seconds.
- Check the carpet and cloth for dye transfer or any visible damage to the carpet.
- If you notice the paint peeling off or discoloring on your carpet, don’t use the stain remover and try another one.
Additional tips for removing carpet stains
Whichever of the methods above you use, follow these tips for the best results.
Clean up immediately
Scrape off excess solid immediately with a clean spoon or butter knife. Be careful not to rub the dirt into the carpet.
Next, gently blot off excess liquid with a clean, white, absorbent cloth.
Remove stain (do not scrub)
Never rub the stain. Rubbing can permanently damage the carpet fibers. When the treatment has softened the stain, gently dab it clean. Always work your way from the outside edge of the stain towards the center to prevent the stain from spreading.
- Use a clean, white, absorbent cloth to blot inside out.
- Repeat until the stain no longer transfers to the cloth.
- Dab the stain with cold water, then pat dry.
For more thorough drying:
- Cover the damp area with a ½ inch thick layer of cloth.
- Weigh it with a heavy object.
- When the cloth is saturated, wring it out and replace (or use another dry cloth) for at least 3 minutes or until the area dries.
About the author
Allen Michael is the founder and editor of Home Viable, a website that focuses on keeping the home clean and comfortable.