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Carpet Cleaning Tips From the Professionals

Feb 7

Dealing with pet pee on your favorite clothes or bed sheets? Yeah, it stinks—literally and figuratively. But don't sweat it; there's a straightforward way to get things back to smelling fresh and looking clean.

First off, hit the spot with some cold water.

Flip the item and let it run under a chilly tap for a bit.

But hey, a word of caution: keep that hot water away from the mess for now. Using it might just bake that nasty smell and stain right into the fabric, making it a bigger headache to get out.

When it's time to wash, just toss it in the machine like you normally would. Check the tag to see how hot the water can be. Now, here's the secret sauce—pour a cup of white distilled vinegar into the mix. It's like magic for nixing that pee smell.

Tackling Food and Drink Oopsy-Daisies on Your Carpet

Got a bit messy with your snack? No worries. Grab a spoon or something non-sharp and scoop up the major offenders onto a paper towel. If it's more of a spill situation, a wet/dry vacuum will be your best friend.

Next, grab a clean, white cloth or a paper towel and start dabbing—not rubbing—with some warm water. Put some elbow grease into it to suck up as much of the mess as possible. Keep at it until your cloth comes away clean.

If the stain's playing hard to get, whip up a mix of warm water (one quart) and a tiny bit (one teaspoon) of gentle, bleach-free laundry soap—skip the dishwasher soap, please. Dab this on the stain, wait around five minutes, then mop up any leftovers.

Give it a rinse with warm water and blot again. Keep going until your carpet is soap-free. Leaving detergent behind is a no-no; it attracts dirt like bees to honey.

Red Wine Stain? No Panic Required

Red wine on the carpet might seem like a disaster, but it's fixable. First, blot up as much of that wine drama as you can.

Then, mix a magic potion of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide with a splash (1/2 teaspoon) of dish soap. Let this concoction work its magic on the stain for about 5-10 minutes. After that, blot up the mix along with any lingering wine guilt.

If the stain is stubborn, don't be shy to use a wet/dry vacuum for another go.

Pets Being Pets: Carpet Edition

Pets are adorable, but their accidents? Not so much. Here's how to handle a pet-astrophe on your carpet.

Start with the scoop-and-blot technique using warm water. Most times, this does the trick.

Still seeing a spot? Mix a quart of warm water with a teaspoon of your go-to gentle, bleach-free laundry liquid (no dishwasher detergent, please). Apply it to the stain, let it sit for a spell (about five minutes), then blot away the extra moisture.

After you've banished the detergent, it's time for a vinegar-water solution (two tablespoons of white vinegar to a quart of water) to tackle any lingering odors.

Blot away all the moisture you can. Mold loves a damp playground, and we're not trying to create one. Press a clean, white towel over the spot, weigh it down, and let it sit for 30 minutes. If it's still damp, go for another round with a dry towel.

Once the carpet is dry, fluff up the spot with a vacuum or a brush. Say goodbye to any evidence of mishap, including those weird dents from the weights.

Hopefully that helps, after all we did ask the pros for their best go-to advice. If none of that seems to work though, it might be time to call some professional carpet cleaners.