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How to Remove Carpet Stains with Household Items

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Stains on carpets are an eyesore to the entire household and draw unnecessary attention. When people see stains on the carpet they get a general impression of uncleanliness that can be projected back onto the home owner. Fighting stains with a homemade carpet cleaner is one way that you work to break down the dirt and grease causing the discoloration in the carpet. Baking soda and vinegar can be an effective stain fighter on carpets when used properly in the correct mixture. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove a stain using baking soda and vinegar.

For the following task you need these items:

  • One container of vinegar
  • A set of rags
  • One box of baking soda
  • One spray bottle
  • One vacuum cleaner

The take the following steps:

  1. Start by taking the empty spray bottle and filling it with vinegar. Make sure that you use a new spray bottle to ensure that you are not mixing any other chemical inside with the vinegar. You can pick one up for very little at a local dollar store.
  2. Using the spray bottle and pray vinegar directly onto the stains. Make sure that you get the entire surface area of the stain and then sprinkle baking soda over top of the dampened area. Let it sit to soak into the stain for approximately five to ten minutes to effectively soak in and fight the stain. Make sure that you only use sparse amounts of baking soda and vinegar mixture together other you could create a volatile mixture that explodes onto other areas of the carpet.
  3. As the baking soda and vinegar mixture is sits on the carpets, you can see it begin to bubble and omit an odor. This is perfectly normal, but lay down a couple rags around the mixture to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the carpet.
  4. Use the rag to wipe up the baking soda and vinegar mixture off the carpets. Make sure that you press the rags directly into the stain to soak up the vinegar that has been absorbed into the carpet.
  5. Use the vacuum cleaner to clean the area of the carpet when the mixture was fighting the stain. Afterwards, the stain should be completely gone or noticeably lighter on your carpets to the point where it's hard to notice that it's there.

If the steps outlined above do not fix the problem and remove the stain from your carpet then you may need to call in the help of a professional carpet cleaner to fight tough hard to remove stains.