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How to Clean Carpet by Hand: 5 Common Stains

We love installing carpet and creating custom area rugs for you! We don't love the stains that sometimes get on our carpet though! Good thing we have this guide to help you through some of the five most common carpet stains.

For the most part, common carpet stains are water-based so they can be easily removed with water and a mix of other household supplies. Here's some of our best advice on cleaning these common stains:

1. Red Wine

This one requires you to act fast! The sooner you get to the stain, the easier it will be to clean. First, blot the excess wine so it doesn't spread. Add water as you blot. After any access is cleaned up, pour a small amount of club soda onto the stain. Blot again. Blotting is your friend. Keep up this process until the stain is fully removed. Use water to rinse away any residue then blot dry with a towel.

**Pro tip:

Blot the stains, never rub.

2. Coffee

As with the red wine, first, blot away any access coffee. Blot until no more excess moisture exists. Next, pour cold water on the stained area, but don't saturate the area. This will dilute the coffee. Blot again and soak up as much water as you can. Repeat process. Apply a carpet stain remover for any residual staining, if one remains. Dry the affected area, and use a vacuum to restore the carpet's texture.

**Light carpet suggestion for coffee:

For light-colored carpets, you need a different solution. Combine white vinegar, liquid dish soap, and water. With a white cloth, slowly dampen the stain with the solution. Then rinse gently until the stain disappears. This may take a few passes. Next, wet a clean cloth, and clean any remaining solution. Blot the area dry with another cloth. Finally, sprinkle baking soda on top to absorb any excess moisture. Allow it to rest, then vacuum it off once the area is dry.

3. Fruit Juice

If you're dealing with a fruit juice stain, start by blotting the stain. Blot any excess adjacent areas. Next, use a toothbrush to gently agitate the area. This will help the stain to reduce and move out of the pile. Once you see no more residue, fill in any remaining fluid with water. Blot until no more moisture remains on the carpet fibers. For tough stains that remain, mix water with a commercial carpet stain remover and apply. Blot the area dry. Repeat if necessary.

4. Urine

Dog and cat owners know this stain very well, unfortunately. If it's urine that contaminated your carpet, the lessons learned from cleaning up fruit juice are very similar. It will just require a greater amount of work than a small juice stain. Take the steps described above for fruit juices and use a stronger mixture of vinegar or club soda.

Nature's Miracle is one of our favorites to sub in with this stain.

5. Pet Hair

This isn't a typical stain exactly, but since we were on the topic of pets, we figured this is also a common frustration. Starting with the right tools can help to make the job easier and maintain the integrity of your carpet. A large, wide-toothed comb is a great tool for this kind of carpet cleaning. The toothcomb can work wonders to knock apart dense clumps of hair without much effort. Follow up with a finer comb and/or vacuum to pick up any straggling strands.

There are some stains that can be cleaned by hand, but for many others, professional help is sometimes necessary. For any kind of carpet cleaning questions or concerns that you have, feel free to ask us when choosing which carpet is right for you!

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