All families with small kids and pets like dogs and cats have a problem keeping their carpets clean. Although replacing their stained carpets with hardwood flooring is an option, the cost can be substantial. The best alternative, therefore, would be to remove the dried stain from the carpets. Stain removal can be a challenging do-it-yourself task, so you may want to consider using professional cleaning services for your carpets. There are quality and affordable service providers near you, and all you have to do is to select the best company. However, if you wish to do the task in person, here are the steps to follow.

Distinguish the carpet stains you need to clean

Common types of dried stains on carpets can vary. Some of the most prevalent ones are:

  •     Paint stains in any color

  •     Cat or dog vomit    

  •     Beverage stains, such as coffee stains.

  •     Ink stains

The good news is that all the above-mentioned stains can come off. With the right techniques and a lot of passion on your part, your carpet can be spotless in just one day. Here are the techniques.

Paint stains: If you have paint stains, remove them first. To do this effectively, go to the best hardware store and purchase a product that could remove any dried paint stain. Look for ideas online and get the most helpful spray product. Splash it directly on the stain and use your putty knife to extract as much of the dried paint as you could. Wipe your knife as soon as you have lifted off a considerable amount of paint. Once you finish, spray a mixture of hot water and a good detergent on the fibers themselves to clean up the paint residue.         

Pet stain: Clean up the pet mess whether vomit, stool, or urine. As you cannot pick up urine, blot the area over and over without scrubbing it. If the stain has already dried on the fibers of the carpet, moisten it first by applying a special pet stain cleaning product from a carpet cleaning service. If you are dealing with dried dog urine, avoid ammonia-based stain removers as they will worsen the smell. With a mixture containing half white vinegar and half warm water, spray the spot and let it soak in for several minutes. Then use the blot technique to completely get rid of the dried urine stain. When the area is almost dry, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area. Wear your gloves and pour a mixture of three percent hydrogen peroxide and liquid dishwashing detergent over the baking powder. Push the mixture into the carpet fibers with your fingers and scrubbing brush. After the area dries up, vacuum it, and it will be spotless.     

Dried coffee stains: These yellowish-brown stains can alter your carpet color in a bad way. Use the blotting technique first and then dry the area with a piece of dry cloth. Change clothes to avoid spreading the coffee stain. Use a blend of water, vinegar, and a detergent designed for coffee stains to clean the area repeatedly. If your carpet's fibers respond well to bleach, you can alternatively spray a mixture of bleach and water on the stain.     

Ink stains: To remove this sort of stain, wet a clean piece of cloth with concentrated isopropyl alcohol. Test a small area of the carpet to make sure this type of chemical will be safe. Then, dab on the ink-stained area with the cloth; do not scrub or rub to avoid spreading the stain. After the stain comes off, remove this chemical solution with a lot of clean water and pieces of cloth. Use a wet vacuum to dry the spot.

If your efforts don't work, seek the help of a respected carpet cleaning services provider like Henry's Janitorial Services.