If you've got kids, you know that carpets stains are inevitable. Blood stains, nail polish stains, pet stains - it's all part of the territory when it comes to family life.
But just because stains are inevitable doesn't mean you have to live with the remnants - or call in an expensive cleaning service.
Many carpet stains can be removed with homemade DIY cleaning solutions, using items you probably already have around your home.
Pour a little rubbing alcohol onto a clean dry cloth. Blot the ballpoint pen ink until it begins to lighten and is eventually removed.
Then blot-rinse the area with a clean, white rag or paper towel and warm water to remove the rubbing alcohol from the carpet.
If a large section of carpet is burned, you will 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.
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.
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 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. (Hint: Don't use too much liquid, or you will inadvertently spread the urine into the pad yourself).