How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet

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Red wine – it’s a delightful drink for your dinner parties and celebrations, but can be a royal pain to remove from your carpet. Red wine sets quickly and needs immediate attention for the best results. As with any cleaner, you will want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet. Red Wine Removal Trick You Will Need: Cleaning solution* Dawn and hydrogen peroxide mix (you must use both) Clean white towels or paper towels Spray bottle (for cleaning solution – optional) Rinsing Solution:…

How to Remove Cigarette Burns from Carpet

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Cigarette burns are usually small but noticeable, especially when in a high traffic area. Fortunately, with a little cutting and gluing they can be easily fixed and your carpets will look almost new again. Removing Cigarette Burns There are two issues you are fixing when removing a cigarette burn: 1) replacing the burnt fibers and 2) removing any stains from the scorched area. What you will need: Scissors Carpet Cement Sandpaper Cleaning Solution for scorch marks of 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 10 parts water (safe on natural and synthetic fibers) Hand held vacuum Tweezers Paper Heavy Book Wide-toothed comb…

How to Clean Pet Hair from Carpet

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If you have a pet with fur, the fur is going to get into the carpet. While regular vacuuming is a must, pet hair can get embedded into the carpet fibers and can be tricky to get out. Here are a few methods and tricks to help take the pain out of cleaning up pet hair. Pet Hair Removal with a Sponge Mop This method works best on low-pile carpeting. You Will Need: Clean Kitchen Sponge Mop (use only for pet hair to keep from transferring soil to the carpet) Spray bottle with water Vacuum Removal Process: Begin by thoroughly…

How to Clean Kool-Aid from Carpet

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Bright red Kool-Aid on your beautiful cream carpets would make anyone cringe. Luckily, removing these stains is not as difficult as you might think. With a few simple steps, you can revive your beautiful carpet and have it looking good as new in no time. As with any cleaner, you may want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet. There are several different methods you can use to remove Kool-Aid from your carpeting. The following are safe for all carpet types. Kool-Aid Removal…

How to Clean Juice Stains from Carpet

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Juice stains are a common problem, especially when there are small children in the house. With the right cleaning solution you can remove the stains and revive your beautiful carpet. As with any cleaner, you may want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet. Easy Juice Stain Removal When juice spills be quick to act on the stain right away. Cleaning the stain before it has time to soak deep into the fibers will make your job much easier. The seemingly impossible stains…

How to Clean Grease from Carpet

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Grease can be a bit tricky to remove and the sooner you can treat it, the better. The methods below are meant to remove food grease from your carpets. If you are looking to remove engine grease or oil stains, you’ll want to read How to Clean Engine Oil from Your Carpet. Grease Stain Removal Use the following steps along with the appropriate cleaning solution for your carpet type. You Will Need: Cleaning solution* Wool: Dry Cleaning Solvent (straight out of the bottle) Synthetics: 1 tablespoon household ammonia, 1 quart cold water, and ¼ teaspoon liquid soap Oriental: 1 part…

How to Clean Engine Oil from Carpet

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Whatever type of carpet you have, motor oil soaks into the fibers and if not treated properly and promptly can become permanent. The removal procedure is relatively simple especially in light of the permanent damage such a stain could cause. These cleaning tips will also work for other petroleum-based products such as Vaseline. Cleaning Oil From Carpet What you will need: Cleaning solution*: Synthetic Fibers: Rubbing (Isoprophl) alcohol Oriental Rugs: 5-6 drops of mild grease-cutting liquid dish soap mixed with 1 quart of water. Wool Fiber: Aerosol brake parts cleaner, then dry cleaning fluid Absorbent white paper towels (colored towels…

How to Clean Condiment Stains from Carpet

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Just as each condiment has its own unique flavor, it also has a unique chemical makeup that requires a different cleaning solution to tackle the stain it leaves behind. As with any cleaner, you may want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet. Mayonnaise stains are addressed further down the page Mustard, Ketchup and BBQ Sauce Stains You Will Need: Cleaning solution (these are safe for all carpet types) 1 teaspoon neutral detergent with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 quart cold water…

Removing Urine from Carpet

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Accidents happen and even the most well-behaved dog or cat has the occasional accident on your carpet. If not cleaned properly and promptly, pet urine stains can settle into the carpet fiber, padding and sometimes even the floor, causing a very stinky and difficult problem. Most pets will continue to urinate in the same area if the smell is not removed completely. If your pet has urinated on your carpet, or you suspect he has, following these steps can help you contain the problem before it gets out of hand. Cleaning Urine Stains Please note that for urine stains on…

How to Fix Bleached Carpet

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Bleach stains or faded, discolored spots on your carpet cannot be fixed by cleaning. Usually, the only way to fix an unsightly bleach stain or other discoloration is to replace that portion of the carpet. This is not as intimidating or costly as it sounds and can be accomplished with a little patience and concentration. What you will need A carpet cutting tool Matching swatch of carpet* Self-Adhesive Carpet Seam Tape (available at most home improvement stores). Wide-tooth comb *If you don’t have any carpet remnants left from your carpet installation, you may be able to remove a large enough…