Info & Tips
- If you have a stain in your carpet, never rub at it – this will only spread it around. Instead blot at it lightly.
- If you want to remove a red wine stain club soda can be very effective, because of its sodium content and carbonation. Blot the soda on and off, being careful not to scrub. Alternatively, add a little white wine to the stain (it will dilute the red pigmentation) and blot. A third option is to sprinkle salt on the area. Leave it on for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight) then vacuum.
- Many food stains can be removed with shaving cream (spray it on, leave it for 15-20 minutes then rinse the area).
- If you have a wax stain on your carpet, freeze the area with ice, before chipping away what you can with a blunt knife. Then heat your iron to the highest steam level. Place a clean cloth over the stain and quickly pass over the cloth with a steam iron. Repeat until all the wax has been absorbed.
- To deal with a beer stain, mix 1/3 of a cup of white vinegar with 2/3 of a cup of water. Using a spray bottle, saturate the area before blotting to remove excess moisture.
- To remove a ballpoint pen stain, apply either hairspray or some isopropyl alcohol to a clean white cloth, blotting the area. If this is not effective, try using a small amount of mild detergent soap.
- If your carpet has an oil stain in it, baking soda and corn starch are recommended, but talcum powder also works. Sprinkle on the stain and leave overnight, before vacuuming.
- Pet vomit and odors can best be dealt with by using specific products such as PAWS – Pet Accident Washup Solution. Blot the area with a clean cloth and leave for a few minutes. Rinse with cool water and blot again.