Natural Ways to Remove Food Stains from Carpeting: If your dining room is carpeted, food messes can be a real pain. These stain removal hacks will make your carpet look good as new. Use white cloths and paper towels to prevent ink and color transfer onto the carpet you’re trying to clean.
Absorb liquid spills with cornstarch. Clean up as much liquid as you can with white cloths or paper towels. Sprinkle the stain liberally with cornstarch, and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour until the cornstarch absorbs the liquid. Sweep up any excess powder you can with a broom and dustpan, then vacuum. If the carpet is still stained, treat with plain, unflavored club soda, and blot until the stain comes out.
Treat juice, grease, and oil stains with shaving cream. For juice spills, blot the liquid, and apply some shaving cream. Use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe clean. For grease and oil, apply the shaving cream, and work it into the stain. Let it dry, then rub clean with a cloth. The soap and acids in shaving cream break down and lift stains away in no time.
Remove coffee and tea stains with beer. To clean up coffee and tea spills, first soak up as much liquid as you can with cloths or paper towels, then pour some room temperature beer on the stain. Lightly blot the beer into the carpet, and watch as the stain disappears! The carbonation and acid content in beer make it an excellent stain fighter. You may have to repeat the process to fully remove all traces of the stain. Once the stain lifts, rinse away the beer and remaining residue with clean water, then blot or use a wet/dry vac to dry.
Freeze away gum with ice. Use an ice cube to freeze gum embedded in carpets, then scrape it out with a paring knife. This method works on melted wax too!
Get rid of fruit and juice stains with laundry detergent and vinegar. Mix 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent and 11/2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Soak up the bulk of the spill with paper towels or dry cloths. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain, and blot to remove.
Clean red wine stains with white wine and salt. Clean up as much liquid as possible with paper towels or a dry cloth. While the red wine is still wet, pour white wine or another clear liquor, such as vodka, over the stain to dilute the color. Clean the stain with a cloth or sponge and cold water, then pour salt on the stain. Let it sit for around 10 minutes, then vacuum it up.
Lift oil stains with salt and vodka. Combine 4 parts vodka to 1 part salt, and rub the mixture into the stain until removed.
Nix ketchup stains with salt. Pour salt over the ketchup spill, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Vacuum, and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Repeat the process as often as needed to lift the stain.
Use club soda for grease, red wine, and other colorful drinks. Remove as much liquid from the carpet as possible with paper towels or cloths, then douse the stain with a little plain, unflavored club soda. Use cloths or paper towels to blot the stain away.
Absorb oil stains with baking soda and dish soap. Sprinkle the stain with baking soda, and rub it gently into the carpet. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up. Add a dab of dish soap to the stain, and rub it into the carpet using your fingers or a toothbrush. Pour a little warm water over the stain, and start blotting with a cloth until the stain lifts out of the carpet.
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