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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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