If you have carpets in your home, there’s a pretty good chance that you have to deal with the occasional stain. There are special products for every scenario, but most spills and stains can actually be treated with stuff you have in your fridge. In this article, we’ll go over some pro-tips for carpet stain removal, to help get your carpet looking pristine in no time.

Act fast: The longer the offending substance stays in the carpet — be it red wine, a muddy shoe print, or coffee — the more likely it is to stain permanently. Clean up stains as soon as they happen, and you will make your job much easier.

Most importantly, don’t scrub at the stain. The more gentle you are on the stain, the less likely it is to soak deeper into the carpet fibers. Rather than scrub, simply dab at the stain with a clean cloth to help soak up any remaining liquid.

Most stains can come out easier than you’d think. Many would-be stains like fruit juice, mud, dairy products, and some paints are water-soluble. A solution of water and a little white vinegar is all you need. Tougher stains such as mustard, tea, wine, and chocolate can be treated with a solution of water and a little ammonia. Be sure to test on a small area of your carpet first, to make sure your particular mixture won’t cause any discoloration.

For oily stains, sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit overnight. Just vacuum up the soiled powder, and you should be able to finish the job with a clean cloth. Got gum or candle wax in your carpet? Use an ice cube to help freeze it solid, and then simply scrape it off.

With the above tips and a little elbow grease, you can help keep your rugs and carpets spotless and in pristine condition. Happy Cleaning!

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