8 Stubborn Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

Modern carpeting is designed to resist stains, so you can usually remove them if you use the right method. Refer to these tips, and remember: the sooner you get to a stain, the easier it will be to remove.

1. Chewing gum

Freeze with ice cubes in a plastic bag; then scrape off with a butter knife and blot with trichloroethylene (dry-cleaning fluid, available at drug and hardware stores).

2. Animal Urine

Immediately blot up excess with paper towels; soak with club soda; blot again; scrub with diluted carpet shampoo.

3. Coffee, Beer, Milk

Blot up excess with paper towels, scrub with diluted carpet shampoo; cover with paper towels and weigh down for 2 to 3 hours.

4. Fruit Juices, Soft Drinks

Blot up excess; sponge with a solution of 1 teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar dissolved in 1 quart (1 liter) of warm water.

5. Blood

If fresh, blot up with cold water (not hot). If dried, cover with equal parts cold water and meat tenderizer. Let stand for 30 minutes. Sponge off with cold water.

6. Grease, Oil, Lipstick, Butter

Blot up excess with paper towels; sponge with dry-cleaning fluid; work from edges to center.

7. Shoe Polish, Ink, Dry Paint

Dab with paint remover; if that fails, use dry-cleaning fluid.

8. Wax

Scrape off as much as possible; then place a brown paper bag over the area and run a warm iron over it. The bag will act as a blotter and absorb the wax.

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