- There are a number of different carpet shampoo products that are sold in stores which claim to be the best at removing stains from rugs and carpets. Like any product, these vary based on the type of carpet you own and the type of stain you are trying to remove. Products such as Woolite, Scotchgard and OxiClean are all well-known brands that are known to do an effective job on specific stains, ranging from wine to chocolate to blood, though it all depends how deep the stain is and how long it has hand time to set into the fabric. Most of these rug and carpet cleaners come in a pressurized shampoo form that is sprayed onto the stain, allowed to set for a few minutes (or whatever their instructions say) and then scrubbed off with a heavy duty brush.
- Steam cleaning is the next level of rug and carpet stain removal and requires a large steam cleaning system. This means renting that system or hiring someone with a steam cleaner to come in and steam clean the carpets. Steam cleaning puts a carpet shampoo on the carpet and then with a vacuum and a certain amount of heat, sucks away the stain, which makes it able to penetrate the fibers of the rug and carpet much more deeply then standard shampoos that can be purchased at the store. However, steam cleaning can be expensive, especially if your rug is large and takes a few hours to clean.
Make Your Own Solution
- Home-cleaning solutions also can be effective on carpet stains, as you can mix them yourself and save money on products or cleaning services that will do the same thing over and over again. Certain mixtures are also created specifically for certain stains, allowing you to concentrate them in a specific way. For example from carpet-cleaning-tips.com, water-based stains such as wine or juice should be removed with white vinegar and water mixed together in a spray bottle and then sponged away after allowing it to soak in for15 minutes. For ink stains, use isopropyl alcohol and blot the stain with a paper towel, which should remove most of it. With a rust stain, try store-bought lemon juice in a spray bottle and blot it with a paper towel.