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Fighting Odd and Ugly Offenders: Removing Carpet Stains

By Michael Hilton

We've all battled food and beverage spills on the carpet and removing those traditional carpet stains may be a piece of cake, but what about the unconventional offender? 

Below is a list of unusual carpet stains and problems and how to face them.

Furniture Imprints
Love your furniture arrangement? Your carpet might not. To remove those pesky furniture imprints, simply apply a steam iron to the affected area and hold. No need to spray or press the steam button-- just allow the iron to steam the spot and then comb it with your fingers.

Hair Dye
Are your kids experimenting with fashion in their bedroom? Removing hair dye carpet stains may be easier than you think. A basic grease cleaner can do the trick (some homeowners have used "Goo Be Gone"). Check to see if your carpet is "solution dyed," and if so, a small amount of bleach may also remove the dye. As a bonus, these solutions can also work with black ink, for those school projects that don't stay on the coffee table.

Blood
Any households with children have experienced the occasional cut or scrape. For blood-stained carpets, your first step is to blot the area with a dry paper towel. Next, mix a quart of cold water with a teaspoon of ammonia, and use this solution to blot the area using a paper towel. Remember, less is more. Make sure you don't use too much and make the stain worse.

Urine
Potty-training small creatures, either animal or human? No problem. "Like dissolves like" is a good motto to remember when facing urine stains. Many experts recommend organic products for this reason, as other chemical-based cleaners typically don't do the job with urine stains. Home remedies include peroxide and water, vinegar and water, a glass cleaner (like Windex), or even sprinkling dishwasher detergent and vacuuming over the spot.

Your home is an investment. And so is your carpet. Don't fear the strange or out of place carpet stain--embrace the unordinary. From grease cleaners to Windex, you can arm yourself with a variety of creative tools to combat and remove those pesky carpet stains.

Sources

Creative Homemaking, Repair Carpet Stains Yourself by Chris Robertson 

DIY Not, Forum, Black Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

Popular Mechanics, How to Get Stains out of Any Floor

Stretcher, How to Remove Pet Urine Stains

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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