Clean Your Stained Rug Before Your Wife Finds Out
As the Big Lebowski once said, “The rug really ties the room together.” He could not be more right. A rug is a piece of essential furniture that, yes, helps the aesthetic of a room. But, a rug also protects your flooring from the pegs of your couches and chairs. Rugs can trap dirt and help store dust in your living room or dining room. Because they are so useful your rug could cost a pretty penny, especially if it is made with fine fibers and intricate designs. So, in the unfortunate event that you accidentally spill something on your rug, you will want emergency methods to clean up the mess.
In this blog, we will discuss seven different methods to clean your carpet of casual spills. Better still, we will give you tips to clean your carpets fast enough that your wife won’t notice. Sounds like a win, right? Let’s begin!
Man’s best friend, beer, is a loyal and kind companion. Not only is it delicious and true, but your cold brew is actually a talented stain remover. Though the thought of throwing some beer on a stain, would make your wife’s head spin, we guarantee that despite what you both may think, beer has stain removing properties. However, when we say to place some beer on the rug or carpet, we exclude stouts or dark beers. Dark beers naturally have a dark pigmentation which could spell trouble for your nice rug. Light beers, however, have a knack for getting the toughest stains out. Specifically, light beer is most useful when it is applied to coffee or tea stains. Other mishaps, such as wine stains or blood will require a stronger remover.
With coffee stain, the dark color will seep into the carpet and stain the carpet both from the top, middle, and bottom of the carpet. As soon as you spill your morning coffee, take a small bit of light beer and place it directly on the stain. Due to the carbonation in the brew, the stains are essentially lifted from the carpet. Once the beer has lifted the stain is is important to rub a bit of beer lightly into the material. Don’t be surprised if you have to do this a few times. And, once you are finished getting the stain our, take some warm water and apply it to where you put the beer. Beer will naturally start to smell due to the yeast in the mixture. Protect yourself by dousing the area with some water to dampen the smell. And, best of all, if you don’t use the whole can of beer treating the stain, you can treat yourself after a job well done.
If you happen to drop fruit juice, coffee, or tea on your rug, immediately grab some vinegar. Though it has an intense smell, this precious little mixture is stain-removing gold. Find the spot you spilled onto and rub the stains with a mixture of two tablespoons of salt with white vinegar. Make sure that you use exact measurements and white vinegar. It is not enough to “eyeball it” and hope for the best. These are high stakes, so don’t blow it! It you happen to have made a bigger stain, use the same mixture but use borax. Borax, or sodium tetraborate, is any stain’s worst enemy. Best of all, this white mineral mixture is purchasable at many major store, such as Target and Walmart.
And, if you happened to have spilled paint on the carpet or rug, you will need to use another type of mixture. Of all the stains, paint is the most dangerous because it is permanent and solidifies quickly. The second you spill take our the following a mix together:
- 1 ½ Teaspoons of Vinegar
- 1 ½ Teaspoons of Laundry Detergent
- 2 Cups of Cold Water
Sponge this mixture into the rug, almost immediately. In terms of laundry detergent you can’t do wrong, but it is important to use white vinegar. When picking your laundry detergent, make sure you choose one that you appreciate the smell; the detergent will mask the vinegar smell and last a lifetime.
3. Shaving Cream
Edge, Barbasol, and Gillette have two things in common: they are all shaving creams and they could save your rug. How? Well, shaving cream naturally has lifting agents because of its foamy texture. Due to this, by putting dab on the stain, the liquid is extracted from the carpet. After your blot the stain, pat is with a wet cloth or sponge. Typically, shaving cream works wonders on stains, such as grease spots or oil drips. It is important if you have dropped oil on your carpet or rug that you try to attend to it immediately. Oil will seep into the fiber of the rug and never come out if you let it sit.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide will help remove even the most stubborn of stains. Just mix a teaspoon of three percent hydrogen peroxide with either non-gel toothpaste or cream of tartar. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth or sponge. Don’t be too aggressive when trying to rub the stain out, as your might bury the stain further into the carpet.
5. Club Soda
If your pet has made a stain on the carpet or your wife’s favorite rug, it won’t matter whose fault it is. She will still feel hurt that the rug is stained. If you need an emergency stain remover, club soda is the way to go. With a paper towel, blot the stain and make sure any excess liquid is taken out of the rug. Then, take your club soda and let it soak. Just like beer, the carbonation will do wonders and lift the stain out of the carpet. Let the club soda soak and them scrub the liquid with a carpet shampoo. Once the stain is cleaned and dried, you may want to spray over the stain with an odor remover, as the smell of dog urine can be permanent.
Salt has almost a magical effect on wine spills. Say you got too carried away and spilled red or white wine on your wife’s favorite (and most expensive) rug. If you spill red wine on the rug, you will have to fight wine with wine. That’s right, pour some white wine on the still-wet red wine spill. Why? Well, the white wine will dilute the color of the red wine and dive you more liquid to work with to pull the stain from the carpet. With cold water and a sponge, dab the mixture of wines. Once the liquids are soaked up, sprinkle salt on the stain and wait for 10 minutes. Once the salt has absorbed the excess liquid, vacuum the space and hide yourself.
If you spill ink or other ink-like substances on your fine rug or carpet, don’t panic. Stay calm and grab a can of WD-40. Spray the stain and give it two minutes to work. After you spray the spot, use carpet cleaner, a sponge, and soapy water to get the stain out. With this mixture it is best to use a little elbow grease. WD-40 is an excellent resource to take out stain and soapy water will help dilute the spot. Once you have fully cleaned the spot, do not walk on it. When spots are wet they are twice as likely to absorb the dirt from the bottom of your feet and shoes.
Fred Remmers Rug Cleaning
If you are guilty of any of these stains, we hope this blog came in handy. However, if our concoctions haven’t completely removed the stain, the next step is to call rug cleaning services. At Fred Remmers, we have area rug cleaners that are ready to help you fix your mess before anyone finds out. If you want to erase any spills or accidents on your rug, contact our rug cleaners today!