In a foodie rich country like Malaysia, we don’t need an excuse to have friends over and cook up a feast! It probably also means that your carpets are living in a danger zone 24/7! Lets face it, spills are bound to happen and your friends often bring in unwanted mess from outside! Don’t let these accidents dampened your love for food and get togethers – here are some simple tips to help you get prepared to tackle the 5 most common carpet stains during your dinner parties:
1. Grease & Oil
- First, scrape off the excess grease or oil from your pizza, laksa, curry, or nasi goreng.
- Sprinkle the spot with some type of absorbent like baking soda, cornstarch or a little oatmeal.
- Leave it in for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum. Use a clean cloth to blot the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent until the solvent is all absorbed. (If you do not have a solvent available, continue with the next step).
- If the stain remains, mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed.
- Finish by sponging with cold water and blot dry to remove the leftover detergent-vinegar solution.
2. Coffee & Tea
- If you just spilled your favourite caffeine, it should come off easily when you sponge it immediately sponge with clean water.
- Otherwise, for stains that have set in for longer, use a vinegar and water solution. Sponge the solution in bit by bit and rinse by sponging with clean water until all the brown stain is gone.
- This method also works with cola stains.
3. Red Wine
- Nobody wants to be in a wine-spill situation, but if you have some salt lying around this tip can save you.
- Sprinkle some salt over the spill and let it sit for 15 minutes. The salt will absorb the wine and should turn pink.
- After brushing or vacuuming the salt away, blot the area up with club soda or clean with a mixture of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water.
Use shaving cream! You need the white foamy kind for this tip.
Shaving cream is simply whipped soap. When lathered up, it penetrates and adds moisture to stains for easy cleaning.
- Apply shaving cream on the mud and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Then, gently blot the cream up from the outside towards to middle of the stain to avoid spreading the mud outside the area and damaging the carpet fibres.
- Dampen a cloth in a solution of water and vinegar to rinse out the shaving cream. Blot it dry and the stain should disappear.
- You can opt to vacuum the shaving cream away instead of scrubbing it (depending on the type of vacuum cleaner).
5. Candle Wax
This can be a real waxy situation and requires a little bit of creativity.
- Scoop out as much of the wax as possible.
- Place a piece of wet towel or a brown paper bag over the wax.
- Go over it with a warm iron – before you start, check the iron temperature! (use a warm temperature! Not hot as you can end up burning your carpet)
- When you are moving the iron, keep the paper moving or adjust the towel position to find clean spots on them. As the heat melts the wax, the paper/towel will wick the wax out of the carpet.
- Keep repeating until the stain is gone.