Get rid of wood stains in 60 minutes
If there’s a stain that you should pray your carpet never gets, it’s most likely a wood stain. Along with being easily visible and nasty, the stain is a pain to remove.
Wood stains are a mixture of dye and oils present in products. Due to such a potent chemical combination, wood stains’ constituents can withstand even the most powerful carpet cleaners.
However, this does not mean you should give up.
While there’s no hope for larger stains, you can get rid of smaller wood stains with a few home remedies.
Before you start cleaning, examine the detergent’s effect on the carpet. Put a drop on an inconspicuous part of the carpet to check for discoloration or fading.
If your carpet comes with specific instructions to dry clean only, don’t use any cleaning solution. Take it to a professional cleaner and show them the exact spot you want to get cleaned.
For dry-clean-only fabrics, attempting to clean at home will only make the situation worse.
Never put a wood-stained carpet in the dryer because it will make the stain permanent. While the carpet is wet, you may not notice the stain, but as soon as it dries, you’ll be left with a stain that is impossible to remove, even with professional cleaning.
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Take your carpet to an area where you have plenty of space to work comfortably. Gather the following supplies:
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Step by Step Instructions
Since you’ll be working with hydrogen peroxide, take some necessary precautions. Wear gloves and ensure that you’re in a well-ventilated place. If working inside, open the windows to regulate airflow in the room.
When one part of the towel becomes stained, move to the other one. Don’t rub the stained area with the same side as this can create a bigger mess.
Dip a sponge into this solution and blot the furniture stain on the carpet. Start working from the outer edge and gradually clean the stain toward the center. This will prevent the stain from spreading or diffusing to nearby spots.
For a stubborn stain on a neutral-toned carpet, mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with four warm water tablespoons. Use the eyedropper to apply this mixture to the stained carpeted surface.
Let it sit for half an hour and then blot with paper towels. Keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide should never be used on darker colors as it’s a bleaching agent.
Replace the stained paper towel or cloth with a new one until no more color transfer occurs.
Use fresh paper towels each time to remove the moisture left behind by the cleaning solution.
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Wood stains from the furniture can slowly seep into the carpet fibers over time. As annoying as it is, the process is inevitable because some furniture dyes are prone to dripping.
If you want your carpet to last its full lifespan, remove the stain as soon as possible. Don’t wait to tend to the wood stain, or it can become permanent. Even worse, some stains harden so much that even professional cleaners cannot get them out.
In this guide, I’ve discussed an easy method to eliminate wood stains from your carpets. Now, it’s time for you to try it out and tell me:
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