6 Solutions for the toughest carpet stains


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Thanksgiving is this Thursday. If you’re welcoming family and friends into your home, you’re also welcoming the great possibility that someone is going to spill something! EightWest wants to help you figure out how to handle those spills. Bethany and Kylie from Columbo’s Floors, eightWest’s experts in flooring, are in studio with some helpful tips!

Most carpet owners are likely to have a branded carpet cleaning product on hand, which will do the trick for most stains. It is worth noting, however, that you can minimize the damage of most liquid spills by making sure that you avoid rubbing or scrubbing the carpet too much. A blotting technique that helps lift the liquid from the carpet is preferable to scrubbing the liquid further into the pile. Using clean, dry cloths (ideally terry toweling) to blot the liquid is also preferable.

Uh, oh…now what?

So, the party hasn’t even started yet and your teen daughter has just spilled her favorite Maybelline Pinkalicious nail polish all over her bedroom floor! Yikes! Fear not – simply blot the area with a cloth dipped in nail polish remover. Columbo’s recommends always keeping liquid nail polish remover in your house.

For everyday sorts of spills and dirt like sodas, colas, ice cream, jelly and mud, you need not use a specialist cleaning product. A simple mix of 1/4 teaspoon of clear detergent (non-bleach) or white vinegar with about a quart of water will do the trick.

Not pretty, but blood, chocolate, tea, coffee, wine and vomit happens. If any of your guests are more than merry and serious disaster strikes, then try these fixes: for wool or wool-blend carpets try the detergent mix above; for polypropylene carpets one part of chlorine bleach to five parts water will deal with these tougher stains; for all other types of carpet use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water.

Always have paper towel in your kitchen and your iron in a convenient place. Then if you accidentally trip whilst carrying your turkey to the dining table streaking fat and oil all over the carpet, all you need to do is place a sheet of paper towel over the spill and then iron the paper on a warm setting to draw the fat or oil off the carpet. You may wish to follow up with the detergent mix once most of the fat/ oil has been removed.

Candle wax and gum are kind of those ‘how?’ stains that every parent knows about. Both of these carpet stain nasties can be treated in the same way: use ice blocks to freeze the wax or gum, then break it up using the base of a knife or a spoon, followed by a swift pass of the vacuum cleaner to pick up all the pieces! If there is still any residual wax, try using the iron technique above.

When it’s cold outside, ember or cigarette burns indoors are on the rise. Two options for these particular problems: first you can try rubbing the pill with the flat edge of a knife. If that doesn’t lift the burn mark off, then you will need to trim the burnt pile out of the carpet using a very sharp pair of nail scissors, and then using superglue stick down chopped pile cut from a bit of the carpet under some furniture (or from a remnant that you’ve thoughtfully kept by for
this very reason!).

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