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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 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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