Tips on Cleaning the Most Common Carpet Stains Caused by Children


If you have children at home, then keeping your carpet spick and span might be hard to achieve. If you’re struggling to find ways to remove stains caused by your kids, then keep on reading. Whether the stains are caused by mud, crayons, ketchup or chocolate, there’s some advice available for you.

Removing Stains from Carpets Containing Synthetic Fibres
If you have carpets that contain synthetic fibres then there are two options available for you. You could try a vinegar solution to remove the stains or alternatively use a detergent solution. To make the vinegar solution, add two cups of water to a cup of vinegar and to prepare the detergent solution, add ¼ teaspoon of liquid detergent (clear) to a cup of warm water and stir.

For stains that you cannot remove, consider getting in touch with the Colchester carpet cleaners. They provide a professional service and can help get your carpet looking like new. They can also help you protect your carpet from any further stains!

Natural Fibre Carpets
If you have carpets that contain natural fibres then there are three options to help you get rid of stains. The first option is a detergent solution – stir together 1 teaspoon of clear detergent with a cup of warm water. The second option is a vinegar solution – stir together ¼ cup of water with the same amount of white vinegar. The third option available to you is an ammonia solution – stir a tablespoon of household ammonia with ½ cup of warm water.

Remember, the longer you leave the stain, the less chance you will have of getting rid of it. So, act fast.

Removing Crayon
If your child has accidentally got crayon on your carpet, then here’s what you should do. Firstly, scrape as much crayon off the carpet as you possibly can. Then place a damp cloth on top of the stain. Finally, use a hot iron to melt and collect the remaining crayon. Once you have removed the crayon, use a detergent solution to clean the area.   

Removing Mud
Kids often bring mud inside, so it’s always a good idea to know how to get it out of your carpet. Firstly, you need to let the mud dry. Trying to clean wet mud is only going to make the problem worse. Then apply a detergent or ammonia solution and let it soak in. Once it has soaked rinse the area and dab dry.

Removing Ketchup Stains
To remove ketchup stains, you should use a vinegar solution followed by a detergent solution. After each solution, make sure you dab dry the area. If the ketchup can still be seen, then apply some hydrogen peroxide.

Removing Chocolate
Who hasn’t had chocolate stains in their carpet? To get rid of these, start by scraping up as much remaining chocolate as possible. After this apply a dry-cleaning solution with a sponge followed by a detergent solution. Soak any excess moisture up and then rinse the area. If the chocolate stain persists, apply some hydrogen peroxide to the area.

Protecting your carpet from getting stained in the first place is a great idea. You can do this by encouraging your children to play outside as often as possible and providing areas in your house where they can be messy. However, don’t worry if accidents do occur, these handy tips will help you get your carpets looking like new again.

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