Results of the Vikings “Post Party” Secret Weapon Carpet Cleanup
So just as a reminder, my eldest son had some of his friends in from Kentucky last week. As you can probably imagine, the "Man Cave" was a crazy disaster. Beer bottles EVERYWHERE. I knew I'd find some stains on my new rugs, and sure enough, there are two brand new stains right in view.
So I went in search of real cleaning products that can get rid of those stains. Before going to the Man Cave, I thought I would try it out on an inconspicuous stain that was on my bedroom carpet; I just moved in in June, and the stain was part of the deal. I was pretty impressed with the results.
This stain has obviously been here a while, so I'm going to try the test again, as I put salt on a Dry stain, and let sit for 3 hours...then added the Hydrogen peroxide. I cleaned it up this morning and this was the result. Here's the before and after.
I'm going to try this again tonight, with the salt on the wet stain. We'll see what happens! Try it for yourself. Instructions below.
BEST CASE SCENARIO- TREAT THE STAIN IMMEDIATELY
You know if you are in the room, this isn't a problem. But any other family member is never going to tell you they spilled until the stain has plenty of time to sit there and sink in. Like A WEEK! If you can address the stain immediately, BLOT IT. Don't ever scrub the carpet or rug. It will change the texture of the material, and even if the spots gone, you'll never see your carpet the same again. It will LOOK different.
BLOT BLOT BLOT
First thing to do; blot with a DRY sturdy paper towel or dish cloth. Using a white towel is best because you'll be able to see if the stain is lifting onto the towel.
SEAL OF APPROVAL PRODUCTS ONLY
IF the stain is still there after you've blotted it until it's almost dry, then bring in the carpet cleaner. Here's the key: Use only products that have this: The seal of approval from the carpet and rug institute.
EXCELLENT HOMEMADE REMEDIES THAT WORK
1/4 cup mild liquid dish soap with 1 cup of water. (I'm not sure what is considered 'mild.'
Two tablespoons of white vinegar with 4 cups of water. (I can't stand the smell of vinegar though. You decide if you want to use this).
THE SECRET WEAPON WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
Hydrogen peroxide! Here's the recipe for success. I've got nothing to lose on the stain that's an eye sore in my room. The new stains downstairs....I'll have to experiment elsewhere before trying it..but here ya go. Here's what you'll need:
- Fine crystal Sea Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Sturdy Paper towels or 2 white dish cloths
First, dab dry the stain...as dry as you can get it. Then sprinkle sea salt liberally on the stain. Let it sit a few hours. Don't watch it. Give it 3 hours...it IS working.
After three hours, saturate the spot with Hydrogen Peroxide. Let it dry, then vacuum and blot the area again.
DON'T FORGET TO TAKE A PICTURE BEFORE AND AFTER.
Now that I have this information, I'm going to try this myself and share the results with you.