No holiday is complete without a get together at someone’s house to gather close friends and family and enjoy each other’s company before the new year arrives. You can’t have a holiday party without a holiday drink, and for most parties, you will find eggnog is that staple drink. Eggnog could be made in a variety of ways, including the spiked version which is a favorite of many people. Sadly, alcohol and festivities usually end up in a mess in the worst of all places – your carpet. Not only is eggnog a nasty stain, but it’s also a smelly one at that. Thankfully, Inside Homes Cleaning & More is here to help with their very own eggnog stain removal guide.
Try to act fast, as with any other stain, and absorb the spilled eggnog as quickly as you can, either with a clean white cloth or paper towels. Repeat this until most, if not all, of the excess eggnog has been removed. Your next step will be to get a small amount of water and dilute the stained portion of the carpet. Get more paper towels or another white cloth and blot away, pretty much until your arm feels like its about to fall off so that you remove any remaining stain particles. Prepare a cleaning solution for the stain if you don’t have one on standby. We suggest combining one teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent with three cups of warm water.
Only use a couple of drops of the cleaning solution on the eggnog stain and then let it stand there for five or ten minutes. Once the cleaning solution has time to set, get another clean white cloth to blot the eggnog stain yet again. You will notice after the final blotting cycle that the stain has been removed. Please remember to rinse the cleaning solution away with a cup of room temperature water and dry the area to restore your carpet back to its clean, eggnog free state.
A favorite present for many couples and families with young children is a new puppy. But with that puppy, comes a lot of accidents to clean up since more than likely, your puppy won’t be potty-trained right away. Cleaning dog urine out of carpet is one of the most frustrating parts of being a dog owner, but it needs to be done so you don’t have stains and so that your house doesn’t reek of urine or feces. There are a couple of methods you can use to combat these stains and avoid pet odors.
Vinegar & Baking Soda: This method isn’t always 100% reliable, but it is natural and worth a try. Start with mixing your cleaning solution, which should consist of a 50/50 combination of white vinegar and water. Pour the cleaning solution on the spot and get out your scrub brush. The next step will require some extra elbow grease; however, the vinegar will immediately neutralize the ammonia in the urine, instantly eliminating the odor. Scrub the spot with everything you’ve got and let the stain dry. Once you’ve let the stain dry, sprinkle baking soda on top of it. Grab some detergent and hot water and scrub the spot again – this time like you’ve never scrubbed before! Let the area dry again and run the vacuum over it a couple of times.
Pet Stain & Odor Remover: Pre-made products are convenient because they are designed to remove pet and stain odors in a one-step process. The instructions for how to use the cleaner varies and can usually be found on the back of the container. However, most of them require you to soak up as much of the dog urine as you can, then saturate the area with the cleaner, and wait up to 30 minutes. Then you need to soak up as much of the cleaner as you can and let the area dry naturally.
Wet blood is a pain to deal with, but if you let it dry before cleaning it, you’re in trouble. We suggest using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain and leaving it on for up to an hour. You can then dab at it with a cloth to soak up the stain and the peroxide. You may have to repeat this method multiple times, but it should work. If this approach somehow doesn’t work, you may need to consider getting a professional cleaning service out there to get the stain out.
Letting a stain sit for extended periods of time makes it almost impossible to remove, but the hydrogen peroxide method can be used for old stains. Depending on the nature of the stain, hydrogen peroxide or store-bought cleaning products can go a long way, especially when used with a wet vac. Try dabbing a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain and letting it sit for an hour. Soak up the peroxide with a towel and repeat if necessary. If this method fails, a professional cleaning service is advised.
Spilled bleach on a carpet is by far, one of the worst carpet stains. The quicker you can jump on it, the better your outcome may be. Soak up as much of the stain you can, as quickly as you can and mix dishwashing liquid and two cups cold water together to create your cleaning solution. Bleach will physically lighten your carpet so you must act quickly through all of these steps. If you haven’t responded in time, and the stain is still there, you may have to learn to live with the bleach stain by strategically rearranging your furniture in that room. Bleach is the worst stain of them all for a reason. You may have to tear up your carpet eventually if it bothers you that badly. Inside Homes Cleaning & More can help you get almost any stain out so give us a call today!