Maybe you have a new puppy that isn't quite potty trained. Or perhaps your spouse spilled a little pasta sauce on the way to the kitchen sink. It could be mud or grape juice or coffee or any number of other tough messes. If you have carpet in your home, you've dealt with trying to remove carpet stains at one time or another.
It seems carpet stains are just as likely to happen as the sun coming up in the morning. These accidents are simply a part of life, and somehow they always happen to land in the worst possible spot: right by the front door, in high-traffic areas, or beside the couch where it's clearly in plain sight.
We understand the frustration of trying to blot and scrub away stubborn carpet stains, but it doesn't have to be such a pain. Before you call your local carpet cleaner, we have a few tips for cleaning up carpet stains that are eco-friendly and simple as can be.
Before you use any product on a carpet stain, it's important to try a few key steps to ensure you will fully remove the stain. Treating the mess as soon as possible is vital in removing stains effectively. If you wait a few hours or days, the chances become much higher of the stain becoming permanent. Try these four tips next time you have a spill.
If the spill is thick or chunky, remove the excess with a spoon or spatula before working on the stain itself. You want to get as much off as possible to work solely on the stained carpet and not rub excess into it.
Especially if the stain is fresh, dilute with warm water. This will help with the next step. For old stains, this isn’t going to be as crucial.
When removing a carpet stain, never scrub the afflicted area. This can work the spill deeper into the fibers of the carpet, cause an even bigger mess, and damage the carpet long-term. Take a dry white cloth and blot gently, but firmly, to lift the stain from the carpet. Even if it doesn't totally remove the spot, it will at least pick up any excess liquid from the spill. Continue blotting until the cloth doesn't pick up any more color.
If you don't have a carpet cleaner or stain remover on hand, you can DIY a carpet stain remover with a few household items. Try stirring together 1 teaspoon of gentle dish soap, 1 quart of warm water, and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply it to the stain and continue blotting with a clean white cloth. Next, use a fresh cloth and warm water only to rinse the solution from your carpet.
Many big-name stain removers contain chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and bleach, which can irritate the skin according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It can be frightening to think about using these chemicals on areas where you walk every day, your pets nap, or your baby crawls and plays.
(Important: A recent study found that an average of 17,000 U.S. children below the age of five visited the emergency room each year due to accidents related to household cleaning products. Thirty-seven percent of these hospital visits were caused by bleach, making it the leading cause of injury (typically due to accidental ingestion). If you have bleach in your home, or if you use cleaning products that contain bleach, please store them in a locked cabinet and keep them out of reach of small children.)
Opting for a green alternative, like our Natural Stain Remover, will treat carpet stains powerfully with an eco-friendly solution that's naturally derived, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, bleach-free, and safe to use around your kids and pets. Potent plant-based enzymes safely and effectively tackle hundreds of different stains, like oil, tomato sauce, pet accidents, dirt, and blood.
Enzymes are biological molecules that speed up chemical reactions, and different strains work on different molecules, according to Science Learning Hub. They actually eat the stain right off the carpet, leaving it naturally clean without damaging the carpet fibers or exposing your family to harsh chemicals.
Puracy Natural Stain Remover is the only stain remover on the market to use all six plant-based enzymes. Our closest competitor uses just three. The wider array of enzymes helps get out a larger variety of stains that other brands can't. With only a few sprays, side-by-side tests have shown that our natural blend of plant-based enzymes and minerals clean just as well as synthetic, chemical-filled alternatives.
Rinsing without a carpet cleaning machine: Fill a bowl with warm water, saturate a clean cloth with water, and press into the stain, blotting it with light pressure. Rinse the cloth and repeat until the stain remover (and the stain!) has been removed from the carpet. This procedure mimics the rinsing stage.
If the stain still sticks around, it's time for the big guns. Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo uses clinical grade ingredients to rapidly remove stains, soils, and odors from carpets, rugs, and other washable fabrics. It's developed by doctors to quickly clean and remove tough carpet messes. You can use it with a carpet-cleaning machine (we recommend the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe) or by hand with warm water and a bucket. Note: Make sure you dilute our Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo as the detergent reservoir is made for non-concentrated products. The dilution is 4 ounces of water to 1 ounce of shampoo.
By utilizing plant-based cleansers, our formula is made of completely renewable and eco-friendly ingredients that are gentle on humans but tough on stains. And because it is 4X concentrated, it packs an impressive 25 gallons of solution into a single bottle. This mega-concentrated, natural formula ensures it will last longer and be better for your home and family than harsh chemical-packed alternatives. And as an added bonus, our customers have reported that our carpet shampoo leaves their carpet feeling softer than the day it was first installed.
Tough stains are a mess—literally—but they don't have to stick around forever. With fast-acting but gentle plant-based cleaners and strategic cleaning techniques, you'll be able to tackle even the toughest stains with ease and finesse. Try these carpet stain removal tips and natural products next time you have a spill to see the power of green cleaning solutions.