Banish spot stains to get your rugs looking as clean as the day they came home

Carpets and rugs are comfortable underfoot, but they’re also magnets for spot stains. From holiday gatherings to everyday use, carpets and rugs often take a lot of abuse.

But keeping your floor coverings looking their best is easier than you may think. Asimple detergent solvent made with ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 teaspoon dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle can remove many household stains.

Caution: Before you tackle any stain on your carpet, always test the cleaning solution on a scrap or inconspicuous area for colorfastness. Don’t forget to read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for both synthetic and natural-fiber rugs. If you have an antique or delicate rug, consult an expert carpet cleaner before attempting any DIY methods.

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Clumsy eaters and drinkers can wreak havoc on your carpets. Make stains disappear with these simple methods:

  • Many food and drink stains can be removed with the above-mentioned detergent solvent. Spray it liberally onto the stain, blot and rinse with warm water until the stain has been removed.
  • To remove wine stains, begin by blotting the stain immediately. For very light-colored carpets, pour hydrogen peroxide on the stain and sprinkle on a large amount of baking soda. Let it sit a few minutes, then clean it up and rinse with water. Note: A 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide (which is what’s available at most drugstores) should work on most carpets, but always test it on a small, hidden area of your carpet before cleaning a stain. Alternatively, you can also try club soda or diluted white vinegar.
  • Remove gum by freezing it with ice cubes placed in a plastic zip bag and shattering the gum with a blunt object, then vacuum up the chips. Clean the remaining stain with the detergent solvent.

Tip: Never rub a stain, as that can push it deeper into the fibers; instead, blot repeatedly.

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