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How to Remove Different Kinds of Carpet Stains

How to Remove Different Kinds of Carpet Stains

No matter how clean you keep your home, accidental spills can cause stains that destroy great pieces of décor or furniture. It can be unsightly and disappointing to get a huge stain on your carpet; especially if it’s brand new. In this post, I’ll be sharing tips on how you can remove tough carpet stains by using simple ingredients you can find at home.

1. Coffee and Tea Stains

Coffee and tea stains can sometimes be unavoidable, but they are not impossible to remove once you know the right ingredient to use. Most coffee stains leave a yellowish brown discoloration and if not taken cared for soon, the stain could be much harder to get rid of.

For various kinds of tea and coffee stains, simply use white vinegar mixed with water to blot against the stain. You can also use beer by simply pouring a small amount on the stained spot and dabbing it with moist cloth until it disappears. Remember not to scrub and spread the stain on the carpet. Dab the stains while treating them with the mixture instead of rubbing them all over the area. You can use a clean cloth, sponge, or towel.

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2. Food, Pet Vomit, or Urine Stains

Spilled food, pet vomit, and urine can leave a bad odor and a nasty stain on your carpet. By scraping the debris with a spoon right after it’s spilled you can remove the stain faster. Simply dab on to the area with a clean moist cloth to remove the stain and odor.

If the stain is hard to remove with just moist cloth and water, you can apply baking soda to the affected area before vacuuming up the residue. Baking soda is a powerful ingredient for removing stains and sanitizing the carpet from germs.

Club soda also works on tough urine stains. You can simply blot the excess urine with a paper towel soaked in club soda and dab until it’s stain-free.

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3. Chewing Gum

Chewing gum stains are one of the hardest to remove especially in wooly carpets. The gum will stick onto the fibers and discolor the carpet if not removed sooner. This can easily be removed by simply freezing the gum with ice cubes in a plastic bag and then using a butter knife to scrape the remaining gum stains.

4. Spilled Paint and Nail Polish

Remove spilled paint and nail polish with a homemade vinegar-detergent solution. Simply mix 1 ½ teaspoons of vinegar, detergent and water in a basin and use the mixture to sponge away the paint before it sets and hardens on the carpet. Rinse the stain with cold water. You can also use a good paint remover solution by simply pouring it into the carpet’s surface and scrubbing the paint until it’s removed.

5. Fruit Juice Stains

For colored fruit juice stains, use a drop or two of dishwashing detergents and blot it in the area until the stain is removed. Remember not to rub liquid spills as this may cause further stains that may seep into the carpet.

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6. Red Wine

Your romantic date can end badly if you spill red wine on your precious carpet. However this isn’t something to get mad at your partner about, as red wine stins can be easily removed. If you have available white wine, you can use that to pour onto the red wine stain to dilute the color. Then use cold water to sponge the remaining stain. A little salt sprinkled on the stain can also do well. After about 10 minutes, you can vacuum up the mess.

7. Ink

For ink stains, use milk and cornstarch paste. Milk and cornstarch will remove the ink stain and other greasy or oily substances. Simply sprinkle the paste on the area and let it stay for several hours before cleaning the mess with a vacuum.

8. Grease and Oil Based Stains

Grease and oil stains can be hard to remove, but they can be cleaned with the use of shaving cream. Various grease stains are often from spills of cooking oil, cosmetics, furniture polish, and waxes. Shaving cream will do just fine to remove these greasy stains easily.

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9. Dye Stains

You might think this kind of stain is impossible to remove, but they are actually very easy. Different kinds of dyes present in various foods can be removed with white vinegar mixed with a dishwashing detergent. You can also use a wet spotter and ammonia to treat the stain. Time is of the essence, so the soonest you remove the stain, the higher the chances you’ll save your carpet from an unsightly permanent stain.

10. Blood Stains

Scraped your finger and dropped blood on your carpet? Don’t worry. You can easily remove blood stains using hydrogen peroxide. Aside from hydrogen peroxide, you can also apply meat tenderizer and cold water to the stained area. Simply blot the area with a clean cloth until all the stain is gone. You can then follow this up with an ammonia solution.

Important Reminders

  • Try using plain water first before using any kind of mixture or paste to remove carpet stains. You’ll be surprised how easily water can remove just about any kind of carpet stain.
  • Don’t forget to scrape all debris before treating the carpet with solutions.
  • Simply blot stains, don’t vigorously scrub and rub them.
  • For better cleaning, you can also use various carpet cleaning machines. Carpet cleaning machines can be bought or rented at your nearest grocery store. There are also good ones for purchase online that can be delivered to you in a few days.
  • Remove the stains as soon as possible to increase your chances of success

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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