Domestic Cleaning Tips
Hello Visitors, if you’re having a bit of trouble tackling particular stains, feel free to check our collection of domestic cleaning tips!
1. Soft Drink Stain Removal from Carpet
Anyone who has ever hosted a party has had to contend with careless guests. They don’t spill because they’re inconsiderate of course, they’re just having such a good time, and they’re not paying attention. That can mean only one thing. Spills on the carpet. If you’re finding yourself having to remove carpet stains caused by soft drinks, you might be happy to find out this is an easy spot to remove. The last thing you want after a party is to spend a lot of time cleaning carpet stains caused by an overzealous party goer. Pour some vinegar onto a cloth and blot the stain until it’s lifted. If you can’t live with the smell of vinegar, blot again with a damp sponge.
2. Glue Removal from Carpet
Crafty people are usually meticulous with their work. Every now and then however, accidents happen. What do you do, for instance, if glue spills onto the carpet? Don’t panic that’s for sure. Cleaning carpet stains made from glue is simple and doesn’t take long at all. Act quickly while the glue is still wet and blot with a warm sponge. When no more of the glue can be lifted in this manner, soak a rag in warm vinegar and lay it over the stain for thirty minutes. The glue should wipe clean after this time. If the glue has already dried, gently scrape away anything that’s hardened using a butter or putty knife. When no more hardened glue can be removed, apply the vinegar soaked towel. If worse comes to worse and none of these methods for cleaning carpet stains work, use a dry cleaning solvent. Read the packaging to make sure it will work on your particular carpet and blot until the stain is lifted.
3. Permanent Marker Stain Removal from Carpet
Cleaning carpet stains left by permanent marker isn’t difficult if you act swiftly before the stain has a chance to set in. First try hairspray or rubbing alcohol. Spray directly onto the stain to saturate and let sit for thirty to sixty minutes. Blot with a damp sponge or cloth until the stain is removed. If this didn’t work, you can try a non-acetate nail polish remover. You may want to test this in a hidden area first however; to be sure you won’t damage the carpet further.
4. Nail Polish Stain Removal from Carpet
Don’t cry over spilt nail polish! Manicure mishaps are easily remedied. To remove carpet stains caused by nail polish, just use nail polish remover! Pour onto a cotton ball or clean cloth and blot until the polish has disappeared. Blot again with clean water to remove all residue. Remember, when cleaning carpet stains, especially those made by nail polish, it’s important to blot. Don’t rub or the nail polish will spread.
5. Oil Paint on Carpet
Before employing any chemicals for cleaning carpet stains caused by oil paint, first test in a hidden area such as inside a closet or under a piece of furniture. The last thing you want to do is incur further damage. To remove carpet stains such as these, first try a little paint thinner. Dab as gently as possible until all of the paint is removed. If this doesn’t work or no paint thinner is available, try using some dry cleaning solvent. If the paint hasn’t penetrated deep into the carpet fibers and it won’t be noticeable, snip a little bit off the top of the carpet. If none of these will work, contact your carpet care professional.
6. Protecting Furniture During Carpet Cleaning
Here’s a household hint. Before cleaning carpet stains with a steam cleaner, slip plastic baggies over your furniture legs. This will not only protect your furniture legs from the steam cleaner, it will also protect your carpet from stains caused by rusty metal chair legs.
7. Vomit Stain and Odor Removal from Carpet
To remove carpet stains and odor such as those made by vomit, the newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area to remove the stain and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, and then allow it to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process. You can also try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process. Another option for cleaning carpet stains is baking soda, which can be used to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.
8. Repairing Burned or Melted Carpet Fibers
Unfortunately you can’t employ the same techniques used for cleaning carpet stains as you would to repair burns in the carpet. In fact, one can pretty much consider a burn permanent damage. Before you toss your carpet in a dumpster however, you might try one of these methods to remove carpet stains caused by burns. The first thing you can try is snipping the very top fibers of the carpet. If the burn is too far down in the fibers, you can cut out the burned spot with an exact knife and cut out another piece exactly the same size and shape from a carpet remnant or hidden area of the carpet. Paint a little glue on the sides of the piece of carpet and glue into place. Hopefully no one will ever notice.
9. Bleach Stain Removal from Carpet
A bleach stain doesn’t have to be the end of your carpet. If it’s not a huge spot, you can get away with repairing the spot and no one will be the wiser. It’s not as simple as cleaning carpet stains, but it’s cheaper than tossing your rug out to the curb. Cut a swatch from a hidden area of your carpet or leftover remnant. Take your swatch to your local craft store and see if you can find a fabric paint or dye that will match your carpet. If this isn’t a viable option, a professional who can remove carpet stains may even be able to recommend a product to use to get the color back into your carpet.
10. Dry Erase Marker Stain Removal from Carpet
Sometimes, when we’re going through our carpet cleaning ritual, we come across stains that are a bit more unusual. Take for instance dry erase maker stains. While these aren’t common, there are ways to remove carpet stains created by this product. Hairspray, the old tried and true remedy for removing ink stains is your best. Spray an alcohol-based hair spray directly onto the carpet to saturate, let sit for about fifteen minutes and blot until the stain is removed. Don’t forget this important tip for cleaning carpet stains: Always blot a stain, never rub. Rubbing the stain will only cause it to spread. It will also wear away the fibers. In addition to hairspray, alcohol will remove carpet stains caused by these markers. Apply the hairspray directly to the carpet and blot. Blot again with a damp sponge to clean away any residue left behind.
11. Miracle Grow Stain Removal from Carpet
Miracle grow, the popular ferilizer is much better suited to a garden than a carpet. Although one would assume one would go through life without cleaning carpet stains left behind by fertilizer, accidents do happen. If for some reason you need to remove carpet stains made when Miracle Grow is spilled, you can probably clean it off if you act quickly. First vacuum or pick up any powder or solid material, be as gentle as possible however, so as not to grind the product further into your carpet. If spots still remain on your carpet, spray the mark with shaving foam and let sit for about thirty minutes. After that blot with a clean damp cloth.
12. Jell-o and other Gelatin Stain Removal from Carpet
The dyes in Kool-Aid, Gatorade and Jell-o generally result in a permanent stain. However, you can still try to remove carpet stains caused by these products. The newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area to remove the stain and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, and then allow it to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor persists, repeat the process. Another option for cleaning carpet stains such as these is to use ordinary household and blot at the stain using a clean cloth. When cleaning carpet stains with ammonia, wear a mask or turn you head so you don’t inhale the fumes.
13. Repairing Cigarette Burns in Carpet
If you come across a cigarette burn in your cleaning carpet ritual, you’ll need to do some simple repair work. First snip away the singed edges with fine manicure scissors or a razor blade. Use tweezers to pull out the severely burned fibers and discard. Remove clean carpet strands from another, hidden area in the room. Apply glue to the burned area, and press the clean fibers into the spot. Press the area with a heavy object for several days before walking on it.
14. Zinc Oxide (Desitin) Stain Removal from Carpet
When diapering a baby on a carpet, be sure to take the proper precautions and lay a towel or changing mat underneath the baby. Zinc Oxide, the active ingredient in most diaper rash ointments, can leave a spot behind. To remove carpet stains made by zinc oxide, wipe away as much as you can with a clean cloth. Cover the remaining stain with baking soda to absorb any grease and let sit for an hour or so. When time is up, continue cleaning carpet by blotting any residue left behind with a mild dish soap. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, and no one will ever know a baby’s bottom touched your floor!
15. Hair Dye Stain Removal from Carpet
An unfortunate accident with hair dye can make cleaning carpet a nightmare. In many cases, it may even mean the end of your carpet. Hopefully it won’t come to this. There are a few things you can try to remove carpet stains of this nature. First of all, it should go without saying that if hair dye is spilled on the carpet one should act immediately. Dampen a sponge and apply dishwashing liquid. Blot the stain with the sponge until you’ve lifted as much of the dye as possible. You can also try doing the same thing with vinegar. If this doesn’t work and the stain hasn’t set into the carpet too deep, you might be able to snip the very top fibers of the carpet without anyone knowing. If none of this works, you’ll have to call in a professional who makes cleaning carpet stains his business or rearrange your furniture to hide the stain.
16. Gasoline Stain Removal from Carpet
Spilled gasoline can certainly make cleaning carpet stains a challenge. Not only is it unsightly, but it smells. Fortunately there are simple ways to remove carpet stains caused by gasoline. If you’re able to get to the stain immediately, blot until as much of the stain is lifted as possible. Once all of the gas has been blotted, cover the stain with kitty litter or baking soda. This will not only absorb the gas, but the smell as well. Leave for a couple of hours, or even over night. The next morning vacuum away all kitty litter and get to work on cleaning carpet stains. First try vinegar, which will also remove any lingering smell. Blot until the stain is lifted. A mild dishwashing liquid should work much in the same manner. Once the stain is lifted, blot again with a damp sponge.
17. Tar Removal from Carpet
If tar has somehow found its way onto your carpet, don’t panic. There’s a simple solution for cleaning carpet stains caused by tar, and it only takes minutes. Spray WD-40, the lubricant with thousands of uses, directly onto the tar. Leave it for about ten or fifteen minutes and wipe off with a clean cloth. You may have to repeat this a couple of times, but soon your carpet will look the same as it did before the tar was tracked in.
18. Road Salt Removal from Carpet
Rock or road salt works wonders for melting snow. The only problem is, we end up tracking it into our homes. This means we also end up having to remove carpet stains caused by this salt. It’s only a minor inconvenience, however. If dealt with immediately, there’s no need for road salt to cause permanent damage. For cleaning carpet stains caused by road salt, first vacuum completely. Next spray the stains with a solution of half vinegar and half water. Let this sit for fifteen or twenty minutes and blot with a damp sponge. Next time it snows, have everyone leave their shoes at the door.
19. Hairspray Removal from Carpet
When hairspray spills on the carpet, it’s imperative one acts quickly before the stain hardens. If you’re not fast enough, all is not lost, it’s really not difficult to remove carpet stains such as this. Ask yourself, what happens when hair spray builds up in my hair? You shampoo it, right? The same method will work here. For cleaning carpet of hardened hairspray, just blot with a little clarifying shampoo and water. In just about every case, this will be enough to do the trick. Just keep blotting until all of the hairspray and its stickiness is removed.
20. Removing Stuck on Carpet Padding
It’s tough enough having to remove carpet stains. It’s even worse if one removes carpet padding only to find part of it is still glued to your floor. If you are removing old carpet in your home and find that the under padding is stuck to the floor underneath, you should be able to remove it using a commercial glue remover. Two commercial products that may also help are called Foam Off, or CitriStrip. You can also try to soak the residue with hot water, and scrape it off. A paint removing product may also help.
21. Drying Area Rugs
Cleaning area rugs can be done much in the same manner as cleaning carpet. If spot cleaning and vacuuming isn’t enough however, your rug can either be laundered in the washing machine or hosed down outside. Check your manufacturers care instructions to see if the rug can be put in the clothes dryer. If this is not recommended, hang it to dry outside. If it’s too thick for clothes pins, try pants or skirt hangers to affix the rug to the clothesline.
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