Remove Soil Stains From Carpet
What You Will Need Before You Start
- Vacuum cleaner
- White vinegar
- Soft bristled scrubbing brush
- Absorbent white towel
- Carpet shampoo machine
If you have children or pets then you are likely very familiar with the need to remove soil stains from the carpet in your home. Before you lose your temper with the latest soil tracked into your home, there are some simple steps to take in order to remove the stains before they are ground into the carpet fibers. These steps are so simple that your kids can even do their part in helping with the cleanup!
- Thoroughly vacuum up any loose soil with your vacuum cleaner. If the soil is at all damp then you should use a shop-vac instead. Removing as much of the soil as possible with your vacuum cleaner beforehand will minimize the effort you will need to put into the process.
- Spray a liberal amount of white vinegar onto the stain and work it into the carpet fibers using the soft bristled scrubbing brush.
- Scrub in circles, starting from the inside of the stain.
- Place the white towel on top of the stained area and push it firmly into the vinegar soaked carpet.
- Place a heavy book or box on top of the white towel and allow it to sit for up to thirty minutes.
- Pull the towel away and examine the area. The stain should have pulled up onto the white towel, leaving the carpet clean and fresh.
- Run your carpet shampoo machine over the carpet, using vinegar in the cleaning solution tank, in order to freshen up the carpet and remove any lingering soil.
When the carpet is thoroughly dry, you could sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto the carpet, leave it for fifteen minutes, and then vacuum up. This will remove any odors that may be present.
Remove Soil Stains From Upholstered Furniture
What You Will Need Before You Start
- Vacuum cleaner, using upholstery attachment
- Spray bottle
- Small scrubbing brush, or old toothbrush
- White absorbent towels
Upholstered furniture can quickly become stained an unsightly, especially in a household with children and pets who have muddy and dirty feet. Don’t despair that your favorite sofa is lost for good, there are a few simple steps to getting your furniture back to looking like it would if you lived in a pet free and child free household!
- Thoroughly vacuum up any loose soil from the stain before you start. This will prevent inadvertently creating a muddy mess on your couch.
- Fill the spray bottle with one part ammonia and two parts cold water.
- Thoroughly soak the stain with the cleaning solution, after doing a colorfast test in an inconspicuous spot on the furniture.
- Using the small scrubbing brush, gently work the cleaning solution into the fibers of the upholstered furniture.
- Place the absorbent towel over the soaked stain and press it into the stained area. If you can place a heavy item on top of the towel then that would be ideal. If the location of the stain won’t make that possible, then you should just keep pressing firmly into the stain for several minutes.
The stain should readily lift up onto the towel. You may need to repeat the steps a few times in order to get rid of the entire stain.
Typically it is advisable to avoid using detergents or other soaps that could leave a sudsy residue behind on the upholstered furniture. But if you do use them when you are working to remove soil stains, be sure that you thoroughly remove all traces of them using cold water or the upholstery cleaner on your carpet shampoo machine.
In order to remove soil stains from blankets that have been stained because you used them outdoors, you will need to follow the same types of instructions as for clothing. Just be sure to check the care instructions on the blankets before using potentially harsh cleaning products on them.