How to Remove Set-In Stains in Your Carpet




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red wine glass spilled on to carpet

Muddy footprints. Kids’ spilled Mac n’ Cheese. Dog vomit. Red wine from a mom’s night-in. What do all of these sloppy substances have in common? If you have carpet in your home, just reading this list might prompt you to think about how to remove set-in stains.

Keeping the carpet in your home fresh and clean can be a challenge. If you have kids or pets, your carpet is even more at risk.

The truth is, regardless of your household size or lifestyle, chances are, you’re going to need to attend to a carpet stain or two at some point. Accidents happen, and when they occur on your carpet, you’ll want to know how to remove set-in stains.

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If cleaning your home and your carpet is something you frequently don’t have time for, maybe hiring a professional cleaning service is the right choice.

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While you wait to set up your cleaning services with TLC Cleaning, you might be facing a mess on your carpet. If you need to remove stains right away on your own, take a look at these helpful hints.

You might find just the remedy to get your carpet looking new again. When tough stains hit, you don’t have to worry.

Pet Stains

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Let’s start with some of the worst of the worst when it comes to how to remove set-in stains. Pet stains.

Pet stains not only look terrible, but they can smell horrible as well. Even when you think the stain is gone, the smell can linger.

Your pet might be one of the loves-of-your-life, but their messes on your carpet are anything but lovable. If your four-legged best friend has left you a surprise on your carpet, don’t stress. You can take action to take care of the stain.

If the stain is fresh, use a towel to soak up the mess. Blot the stained carpet until it is virtually dry. If in the unfortunate event, you find the stain too late and it’s already dried, you can re-wet the stain to clean more effectively.

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If you like to clean using natural household products, give white vinegar a try. Mix with warm water and spray on the stain.

The vinegar will also help neutralize the yucky smell. Let the vinegar solution sit on the stain for a few minutes. Blot the stain with a towel until it is gone.

Do you want an alternative to vinegar? Try using laundry detergent mixed with water instead. Use the same technique as the vinegar mixture, but rinse the stain with warm water after and then blot dry.

Coffee Stains

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A morning isn’t morning without your cup of Joe. But what do you do if you have a spill?

It happens all too often. In your still half-asleep stupor, you clumsily knock over your mug, creating a hard-to-remove stain right on your beautiful carpet.

Like with any stain, the first thing to do is to blot the stain to dry it up. Don’t rub or smear, just dab with a dry cloth.

To clean, try either a vinegar and water mixture or a laundry detergent and water mixture. Both solutions are gentle on your carpet but effective on those spills.

coffee cup spilled on to carpet

You can also try and use a store-bought carpet spray cleaner to try and remove the stain. Always do a spot-test first. Test the product on a hidden spot, such as in a closet, to make sure the carpet won’t discolor.

Blood Stains

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Did the kids’ roughhousing go too far, and now you have blood on your carpet? Or perhaps a wounded pet is responsible. Whatever the case, blood in your carpet can be a difficult stain to battle.

Just like treating laundry with bloodstains, use cold water instead of warm. Bloodstains might be one of the more stubborn stains to tackle, but there is hope.

Add about two teaspoons of dish soap to a spray bottle of cold water. Saturate the bloodstain and use a white towel to blot up the blood. Use cold water to rinse the spot and continue to repeat until the stain is no more.

Mystery Stains

a plate of spaghetti spilled on carpet

Set-in stains can make your carpet look old and nasty. If your carpet has mystery stains throughout, several home remedies may be effective in removing them.

If you have these ugly spots on your carpet, invest in a stiff brush, and get to work getting rid of these unsightly stains.

Hydrogen peroxide is an inexpensive possibility for removing set-in stains. Soak the stain with hydrogen peroxide, but only after testing on an out-of-sight area.

Once you soak the stain with peroxide, let it sit for fifteen minutes. Take your stiff brush and scrub gently to loosen the stain.

If you have a steam cleaner, feel free to use that to suck up the peroxide. If not, go back to the trusted blot method using towels.

Club soda is also a tried and true method for stain removal. If you like home remedies, you can use club soda to try and remove set-in stains. Club soda is a fantastic choice for laundry stains as well.

Let the Professionals Take Care of Your Carpet Woes

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If you’re reading over this list thinking you’d prefer professionally cleaned carpets instead of working through your set-in stains, TLC Cleaning is ready to help.

Let us take the stress and time out of cleaning your carpets. You’ll enjoy a thoroughly clean home as well as extra time to relax, regroup, and live your life.

Don’t let household chores and stained carpet keep you from the things in your life that matter most.

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