We have all had the mortifying moment when you realise that a guest has trodden dirt into the carpet or a child has sent a glass of Ribena flying onto the beige rug. Some of us re-arrange the furniture to cope with the dark and depressing stain. In contrast, some people simply despair and start searching for new rugs and others seem to cope tremendously well and apply a solution that simply makes it disappear.
How do you get rid of ‘common’ carpet stains?
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First things first
With any new stain, run to the kitchen, fill up a bucket of hot water, grab some soap and a scrubbing brush and return to the scene of the crime. Elbow grease goes a long way with stains and rubbing at the spot with a significant degree of pressure may provide a quick solution to a frustrating problem.
The importance of having a plan B
Step two depends on what type of stain it is. For an animal who has forgotten the laws of house training you may want to try a little club soda, whilst spraying air freshener at the same time. If you have been careless with the red wine then simply respond by pouring some white wine on top and carefully dabbing with a paper towel. For a stubborn dirt stain, allow the patch to dry first and then use a hard brush to remove the hard pieces of mud and a small knife to tackle some of the more embedded pieces. Again, this is not an easy process, you will need to use a lot of upper-arm strength to get the dirt from the carpet, and you probably won’t need a session in the gym afterwards.