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Get rid of carpet stains, spots and smells

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13 january 2012 | yours.ie

There is nothing worse than watching a party guest accidentally spilling red wine all over your brand new carpet. What do you do? Do you wait until you can get to the shop to buy some expensive carpet cleaner or do you clean it up yourself?

coffee stain on carpet
cleaning stain on a carpet

Red wine is one of those stains that can ruin a carpet if not treated correctly. Shop bought carpet cleaners can be expensive and also very harsh on your carpet.

The good news is that you have an alternative. There are plenty of natural products that you can use to get rid of carpet stains and odours and these products are already in your kitchen cupboards.

Remove red wine with white vinegar

Let’s go back to the red wine spillage on your brand new carpet. The first thing to do here is to get up as much as you can with a dish cloth and then quickly pour white vinegar directly onto the spillage. Let the white vinegar soak for a few minutes and then rinse it out with a wet rag. That’s it, your red wine stain should be gone.

Bedroom carpet stains

Bedroom carpet stains are easy to remove when you know how. All you need is 2 tablespoons of your normal washing powder, three tablespoons of vinegar and some warm water. Work your mixture into the stain taking care not to soak the carpet. Blot with a clean cloth and hey presto, your stains are gone.

glue bottleRemove white glue from your carpet

Accidental spillages are common when you have children and if your children are budding artists you will probably encounter white glue spillages. These are easier than you think to remove and all you need is some white vinegar. Just place the vinegar over the glue and remove with a damp cloth.

If the dog wets the  carpet

If your puppy has an accident on your carpet blot up as much of the liquid as you can. Next mix equal parts vinegar and warm soapy water and dab the area. Blot again with a clean cloth until no more liquid is absorbed. This should do the trick. If your puppy continues to stain your carpet you can spray vinegar on the area and that should turn him off.

Removing carpet odours

To remove odours from your carpet sprinkle it with some baking soda. Leave for at least 15 minutes and then vacuum. If the odour remains just repeat the process.

vacuum cleaner carpet

Remove tough stains

For tough stains on light coloured carpets you can use a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Scrub the stain with the mixture and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Use an old towel to remove as much of the moisture as possible. If any of the stain remains repeat the procedure. Next all you have to do is vacuum.

For any spills on carpets you should blot the stain as much as possible and then clean as you normally would. When you are finished sprinkle the area with baking soda, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum. Doing this will decrease the chance of any of the stain being left behind, and will also remove the chance of any unpleasant odours later.