If you've got kids, you know that carpet 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 a carpet cleaner.
Many carpet stains can be removed with homemade cleaning solutions, using items you probably already have around your home.
The best way to get carpet stains out is to use the right carpet cleaning solution for your stain. These stain-specific tips can help.
Carpet stain removal for pen ink on carpet starts by pouring 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 of carpet fibers with scissors and trimming the surrounding tufts to conceal the cut.
Some little lady's in big trouble! Stain removal here is simple: Remove the polish with a non-acetate nail-polish remover blotted 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 stain removal is a multifaceted challenge. Urine is the worst 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 stain removal steps until the spot is gone. Then mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar in 1 bowl 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).
If stain or odors remain, consider calling a carpet cleaner.