It might’ve happened to you before: the permanent market carpet stain. At one moment you’re making labels or writing on a cardboard box and the next, your open marker gets brushed off the table and onto the floor. What used to be a clean and beautiful carpet now has an ugly, permanent black spot.
Instead of scrubbing, the first thing to do is grab the vacuum cleaner. By vacuuming the spot, you remove any dirt or debris which will get in the way when you really start working on the stain. Then, grab some rubbing alcohol or a non-oily hair spray and use it to dampen a washcloth. With the wet cloth, dab at the stain. Repeat this process a few times, periodically rewetting the wash cloth with the solution. Once the stain is no longer visible, rinse the spot with water and dry the area.
With any large party it’s almost inevitable that someone will knock over a beer. If left alone, a beer spill can stain a carpet and even begin to smell. As with any carpet stain, the longer you wait to clean it, the worse it will be.
The first step to solving a beer spill is to soak up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels or cloths. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Then, with a cloth, dab the solution onto the stain until it disappears. Afterwards, use cold water and a cloth to clean out the detergent solution from the carpet.
Often considered the chief staining offender, red wine can ruin a relaxing evening if spilled onto a light colored carpet. Even more so than beer or permanent marker, time is the key for red wine stains. Don’t spend any time getting upset at yourself or the person who spilled, just run into the bathroom and find a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and carpet cleaner. Apply the hydrogen peroxide to the rug then mix the cleaner with water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain and dab at it until it is removed.
If you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide, wine stains will also respond to the detergent/vinegar solution used on beer stains. Oddly, white wine also works to counteract red wine spills. Just pouring a little white wine onto the red wine spill and then blotting it with a cloth for a little while can significantly diminish the red coloration.
About the Author: Brian J. spends his days at the San Antonio carpet cleaning office of Steamers Carpet Care and his evenings with his family and blogging as much as time allows.