How to Remove a Fresh Carpet Stain
You should know how to remove a fresh carpet stain before it sets in.
This is a little trick I picked up in college from a roommate after a certain party where certain “friends” decided keg stands were in order… *memories*
This trick has worked without fail every time (and there have been a lot of times over the years thanks to a certain dog whose tail is ideal for knocking down any and every drink placed anywhere in the house… but I do love her so).
First, get out the salt! I don’t mean the salt shaker; I mean I hope you’ve got a full thing of Morton’s salt on hand, because timing is critical on this.
Immediately after the spill (as quick as possible) pour copious amounts of salt onto the spill area so that all you can see is dry salt (the more the better).
Now wait… (and while you’re waiting, get out the vacuum… and maybe pour a glass of wine, what the heck; you aren’t driving!) Within 5-10 minutes, you’ll see the salt will no longer look dry, as it absorbs the liquid.
After this happens (maybe give it 15 minutes, just to be sure), vacuum up the salt with one of the vacuum attachments (not by just running the vacuum over it, as you don’t want to rub anything in, which the brushes will do).
Now re-apply the salt if you still see some stain. Repeat as necessary until either the stain’s gone, or nothing more is coming up from salt applications.
For me, this has always sufficiently got out the stain so that it wasn’t apparent anymore, except one time when a certain dog knocked over a full double big gulp. As I did not have a tanker truck of salt on hand, I did not have an adequate supply of salt to cover it sufficiently. In this case, it still did enough that after a carpet cleanings with my trusty home carpet cleaner, the stain was gone.
Some people also recommend trying to blot as much of the moisture out first before adding the salt, but this seems counterproductive, as you’ll inevitably rub the stain in a bit by doing this, even if you’re careful. The salt will absorb the moisture anyways, so what’s the point?
I’ve also heard the opposite recommended. If the stain isn’t completely up, but the salt has absorbed nearly all the moisture, while the stain is still very fresh, pour cold water on the area and repeat the salt trick. However, I’ve never tried this and I can’t personally vouch for this doing anything.
Do you know any other carpet stain removal tricks or carpet cleaning tips? If so, please share the knowledge in the comments below!
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