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  • How to remove alcohol stains from carpet

    Posted on April 3,2012
    By Doug Williams

    You may have just experienced the initial shock of seeing your prized carpet spoiled by having alcohol spilled all over it. If you’re half luck, you’ll be able to get to cleaning the stain right away, before any of the alcohol has a chance to set in. The sooner you get into cleaning the alcohol stain, the better. But don’t despair. Act fast and you will be able to minimise the stain. Follow these steps to begin the cleaning process:

    • Prepare a small bucket of a mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid, and warm water.
    • Dip a cloth or paper towel into the bucket and blot onto the affected area. Avoid rubbing the cloth into the carpet and instead allow the cloth to soak up the alcohol.
    • Mix one cup of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. You can use a spray bottle instead, adding the same mix together. Spray the alcohol stain with this mixture and continue to blot up the alcohol in the carpeting. The vinegar will neutralize the alcohol stain and the odor as well.
    • Apply a third blotting with cold water.
    • Continue to absorb all of the liquid with clean, white towels.
    • Allow the area to dry thoroughly and then go over it with a vacuum cleaner.

    What to do if you have wine spilled on your carpet.

    If you happen to be dealing with a wine spill on your carpet, follow through with the above procedure, but repeat step one after blotting with cold water and then blot with water again.

    Also try this method: First, using paper towels or a cleaning rag, soak up as much of the spilled wine as possible. Next, mix a few drops of dish soap into about a cup or two of hydrogen peroxide. Using a sponge, scrub this mixture onto the wine stain and it WILL disappear right in front of your eyes!!!

    Endeavour to treat carpet stains as quickly as you can. Only use cloths that are white to prevent any bleeding from the cloth into the stain. When blotting, work from the outer edges of the stain in towards the center. This will prevent unsightly rings from remaining in the carpet. Pretest all mixtures in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using on the actual stain. Four steps one and two above you can also use a liquid carpet shampoo, diluted at one part liquid shampoo to four parts warm water.

    If the stain persists after your most diligent efforts at removal you will want to contact a carpet and rug cleaning professional. With the use of heavy duty equipment, industrial cleaners and steam extraction, he may well able to remove stains that have left you frustrated. Be aware, though, that no professional can guarantee to remove any stain. They, like you, can only do their best.

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