Stains and spills on carpeting will happen eventually if not on a daily basis. Homes with children and pets running about may want to think twice about using commercial cleaning chemicals on carpeted floors on a regular basis. Everyday household products can easily be used as natural carpet stain removal agents. When cleaning spills, taking certain key steps can help ensure the complete removal of any newly formed stains.

Stain-Cleaning Basics

Carpet stains and spills consist of three basic materials: grease, food and dirt. In order for a stain remover to work, it’s chemical ingredients must be able to loosen the spilled material from the carpet strands. This means a grease spill may require a different type of cleaner than a dirt stain.

Whenever a spill occurs, be it grease, food or dirt, acting right away will makes it much easier to remove the stain. Otherwise, a spill that sits becomes more difficult to remove once it forms a stain. For liquid spills, soaking up as much liquid as possible is the first step. This can be done by soaking up the excess with paper towels. Always blot at a liquid stain, as rubbing it can potentially make the stain bigger.

When using a carpet stain remover, ensure the stain is completely gone or else it’ll be much harder to remove once it dries and sets in. Also, make sure to completely rinse out all traces of the cleaner once the stain is removed.

All Purpose Carpet Stain Removal

An all purpose carpet stain remover works for most all types of spills and also works as a back-up cleaner when other natural cleaners fail to remove a stain. One type of natural all purpose remover combines one teaspoon dishwashing soap, a quarter cup white vinegar and two cups water in a liquid solution. By adding three drops of lavender oil and two drops of tea tree oil, the cleaner will leave a pleasant scent behind.

To apply the cleaner, spray the solution onto the area after cleaning up any excess liquid. Apply just enough to wet the spot without saturating the carpet. Once applied, blot at the area with a clean, damp cloth and be sure to repeat the process until the stain is completely removed.

Once the stain is gone, rinse out the cleaning solution using two cups of water and a quarter cup of white vinegar. Finish up by rinsing with a plain water solution.

Hard Stains

Some of the more stubborn spill materials, such as chocolate, grease and coffee and tea can make stain removal a bit more challenging. A damp sponge soaked in club soda may be enough to remove an alcohol, tea or coffee-based spill. If by chance club soda fails to completely remove all traces, following up with the all purpose natural stain remover recipe should be enough to prevent a stain from forming.

Chocolate and grease-based stains are two of the more difficult materials to get out of carpeting. A vegetable glycerin and warm water solution makes for an effective and natural stain removal agent for chocolate and only requires warm water as a rinse. Grease stains tend to respond well to baking soda powder that’s actually rubbed into the affected area. As grease can be stubborn, the baking soda will need to sit overnight before vacuuming. After vacuuming, apply the all purpose natural stain remover and rinse to ensure full stain removal.

Pet Stain Removal

As well-loved as the family cat or dog may be, every now and then an accident is bound to happen. As organic-based liquids and solids, urine, feces and vomit tend to adhere to carpet strands much like coffee and grease materials do. In the case of urine spills, care must be taken to properly clean all underlying carpet layers to ensure complete stain removal.

Natural removal agents for pet stains should be applied in steps using baking soda and vinegar. After blotting up excess liquid, sprinkle baking soda over the area and let sit overnight before vacuuming. Mix a 1:1 ratio of warm water/vinegar solution and blot with a clean wet cloth or apply with a spray bottle. Be sure to apply pressure to the area so the carpet strands soak up the solution. Follow up with a warm water rinse and dry immediately thereafter.