January Project: How to Get Stains Out of Carpet

The holidays usually bring parties, and parties bring people. Those people will then spill and leave messes around your home. You get the picture. Here are some basic spills and how to clean them up:

Red wine
First, blot up as much of the spill as possible with a dry cloth. You can then get a good wine stain remover. Follow the directions on the bottle for usage. Spray the solution on and simply blot with a damp cloth to remove.

Markers or Ink
Find a spray bottle and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Spray the rubbing alcohol on a cloth and blot the stain. This will take some time; however, keep spraying and blotting until the spot is completely gone!

Coffee
Club soda works great on coffee stains. Pour it directly on the stain, and don't be afraid to put a healthy amount on it. As always, you want to blot, not rub, with a clean cloth. The carbonation will push the stain upward, and the salt will prevent the stain from settling. If a stain remains, grab your best carpet spot remover. However, don't use a brush because that will make the carpet fuzzy and rough.

When removing carpet stains, it's best to blot. You should never rub because it could actually force the stain deeper into the carpet.

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