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.
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