This is the second of several posts dedicated to carpet stain removal.
Coffee – Use a wet/dry vacuum first, if you can, because it will pick up the liquid without spreading the stain. Then mix a teaspoon of dish detergent in a quart of warm water. Apply a little at a time using a spray bottle. Work it in gently, then blot it up using a clean white cloth or white paper towels. Repeat as necessary. Now mix 3 ounces of white vinegar in 6 ounces of water and apply/blot several times, as necessary. Drying the carpet quickly with a fan or weighted paper towels will help prevent deep rooted coffee stains from migrating to the surface.
Soft Drinks – Use a wet/dry vacuum first, if you can, because it will pick up the liquid without spreading the stain. Rinse the area with water using a spray bottle and blot. Mix a tablespoon of ammonia in a cup of water and spray on the stain. Repeat spraying/blotting but do not soak the carpet heavily that the solution reaches the padding or damage could result.
Ketchup – Rinse and blot using water to remove as much as possible, then mix a tablespoon of ammonia in a half cup of water and apply with a spray bottle. Blot and repeat as necessary. Mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water and apply it to the stain. Blot and repeat as necessary. Repeat spraying/blotting but do not soak the carpet heavily that the solution reaches the padding or damage could result.
Nail Polish – Apply nail polish remover to the corner of a clean white cloth and dab the stain with the cloth. Work it gently. Do not spread the stain deeper into the fibers. Do not pour polish remover on the stain because it can reach the backing of the carpet and cause delamination, damaging the carpet. Be patient and repeat until the stain is gone. Then you have to remove the polish remover from the carpet using a mixture of a few drops of dishwashing detergent in a cup of water and spraying it on the area, then blotting. Then you have to remove the detergent from the carpet, or it will attract dirt. So rinse and blot with plain water.
Pet Poop – Pick up large pieces. Scrape dried remains using the edge of a spoon or dull knife. Flush the spot with water and use a wet/dry vacuum to recover the water. Repeat as necessary. Mix a tablespoon of ammonia with 4 ounces of water to neutralize odor. Don’t let it soak too deep into the carpet. Spray and blot repeatedly. Mix four to five drops of dishwashing detergent in a cup of warm water. Spray this and work it in gently. Blot and dry.
Urine – Act quickly and use a wet/dry vacuum to get it out of the carpet. Then mix ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm water and spray over the area. Extract the solution using a wet/dry vacuum or blot it up with cloths. Then mix two tablespoons ammonia in a cup of water, rinse, extract and repeat as necessary. Lightly apply a solution of one cup white vinegar in two cups of water, rinse and extract. Then dry the carpet.