How to remove common carpet stains

2015-10-28 06:00
To get rid of blood, chocolate, coffee,   mustard, tea, vomit or wine, try one         tablespoon of        ammonia mixed with one cup of water. PHOTO: supplied

To get rid of blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit or wine, try one tablespoon of ammonia mixed with one cup of water. PHOTO: supplied

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WHEN you take extra care not to get any stains on your carpet, it always seems like nature works against you.

Somehow, despite all your efforts, you’ll find yourself spilling grape juice, or having to deal with pet or finger-painting accidents.

Fortunately, you can get rid of all these stains using a few simple household products.

Special water-soluble stains

To get rid of blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit or wine, try one tablespoon of ammonia mixed with one cup of water (on wool or wool-blend carpets, use a mild detergent and water). If that doesn’t work, you can try one part household bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets like polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets, so check with the manufacturer if you’re unsure what type of carpet you have.

Fats and wax

Place a paper towel over the carpet and iron over the stain using a warm setting. The wax, fat or oil should come up and stick to the paper towel.

Glue

Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol (available at pharmacies) and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is soaked thoroughly, wipe it off gently and repeat until the carpet is clean.

Wax and gum

Use ice to freeze the wax or gum, then shatter it with a blunt object like a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces s often, and blot the carpet with a towel. - Property24.

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