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Got kids? Then you've got carpet stains. Rather, you are going to have to clean carpet stains.

Food and beverages seem to be attracted to carpet like magnets. And usually those carpet cleaning challenges will be on light color carpet.  

Here are carpet stain removal solutions for the 5 most common carpet stains you're likely to encounter:

  • ink, 
  • fingernail polish, 
  • blood, 
  • minor burns,
  • pet accidents.

1. ink stain removal:

Pour a little rubbing alcohol onto a clean dry cloth and blot.

2. fingernail polish spills:

Some little lady's in big trouble! Remove the polish with a non-acetate nail polish remover on a clean cloth. Work from the edges to the middle and leave the remover on for a few minutes. Then blot dry. It may take several tries.

3. minor carpet burns:

If a large section of carpet is burned, you'll need to patch the carpet. However, small burns can be disguised by cutting away the burned tips with scissors and trimming the surrounding tufts to disguise the cut.

4. blood stain removal:

Someone get a boo-boo? After you kiss it well (and apply a happy face Band-Aid), go to work on the spot. Rub an ice cube on the stain. As it melts, so will the spot. Don't let the area get too wet, however. Blot up the stain with a clean, white towel.

5. pet stain removal:

Urine is the worst. And once it soaks into the pad, you've got a big problem. First, blot up as much as you can.

Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in 1 cup of lukewarm water, and blot it onto the stain with a clean cloth. Blot dry using a second clean cloth. Rinse. Blot dry.

Keep repeating those steps until the spot is gone. Then mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar in 1 cup of water and blot again.

Finally, put a pile of paper towels on the spot and weight it down with a heavy object until all moisture is absorbed.

Don't use too much liquid, or you will inadvertently spread the urine into the pad yourself.

Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for carpet stain solution products and tools.



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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.