Does your carpet have some stubborn stains from pet urine or a paint spill? There are commercially available cleaners and carpet cleaning equipment you can spend big bucks on. Or you can head to your kitchen for a few common household products that can remove most stubborn stains.
Pet Stains: Baking Soda and Vinegar
Do you have a beloved family pet that has a tendency to pee on your carpets? Or did the previous owner of your house leave behind animal stains for you to deal with? The ammonia in pet urine makes it difficult to remove and produces a smell that can last just as long. But two kitchen ingredients can help you get that spot up and smelling better.
Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a thick paste. You only need enough of the paste to cover the stain. Use your fingers or a cotton swab to dab the paste onto the stain until it's fully covered. Let the paste set until the surface is a bit dry.
Next, pour some white vinegar into the cap from the bottle. Gently and evenly pour the vinegar over the paste. Vinegar and baking soda form a chemical reaction so the paste will start bubbling, and that's fine. The bubbling action will help loosen the stain while the vinegar will counteract the ammonia in the stain that causes the smell.
Once the bubbling stops, rinse the area clean with a dampened sponge. Allow to dry then go over the area again with a vacuum or carpet cleaner, rented from a professional business like Amer Carpet Cleaners, to remove any paste or vinegar residue.
Paint Stains: Water, Detergent, or an Iron
Paint stains are easiest to remove while still wet, but that's not always an option. The best method for removing dried paint depends on the type of paint.
For a water- or latex-based paint, you can use a combination of warm water and powdered laundry detergent. Mix the combination together in a small spray bottle and spritz the liquid directly onto the paint. Allow to set for several minutes before using a butter knife to gently scrape off the loosened paint stains.
The method for removing difficult paint stains is the same as removing any type of oil-based paint stain. Use the steam from your clothing iron to loosen the baked on paint. Make sure you don't hold the steam too close to the carpet nor hold the steam too long in one place. You only want to loosen the paint so you can scrape it off with the knife.
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