Do you need to get a set-in stain out of carpet? Here are the supplies and instructions you need to get tough popsicle, wine, or pet stains out of carpet!
So, you already know I’m humbled, right? Well, let me just tell you how humbled of a homemaker I am.
This week, my daughter got a popsicle stain on the carpet.
She had just had her tonsils out. She was supposed to be eating it in the kitchen.
But the phone rang.
And I looked away.
When I hung up, there it was…big and orange…the stain glared at me from the carpet. It wasn’t just a drip. She had decided she didn’t want the popsicle. And the whole thing melted right there in front of the coffee table.
You know how everyone is supposed to be either a fighter or a “flighter”? (At least that’s what I learned in psychology 101.) Well, I’m the “flighter.” When conflict comes, I’d rather “fly” away from it than stay around and fight.
So I sprayed the big orange puddle with some stain remover, agitated it a tad and….
worked until it was all gone forgot about it.
Yes, I forgot about it. (I think it was a defense mechanism, right?)
My husband found it the next day. I was embarrassed. But even more embarrassing? No matter what I put on it or how hard I scrubbed, I just couldn’t get that stain out!
So…what else is a humbled homemaker to do? I Googled. I Googled and I Googled and I Googled (motivated by the idea of how expensive either a professional cleaner or new carpet would be).
Better yet–I already had all I needed to beat this stain!
So here’s what worked for me. I do not suggest trying this at home. Why not? Because I don’t suggest leaving a popsicle stain overnight! 😉
Better yet, I do not suggest ever, ever letting your kid in the living room with a popsicle. Or–ever, ever talking on the phone while your child is awake (at least if you are as easily distracted as I am!).
But if you DO find yourself in a situation with a big set-in stain, these instructions might come in handy:
Supplies for removing a carpet stain:
- some type of stain remover (see below for suggestions)
- an old (or cheap) iron
- an old towel
- spray bottle of water
Instructions for stain removal:
- Pour a generous amount of stain remover over the stain.
- Fold a towel in half and cover the stain.
- Fill the iron with water, plug it in, set it on low-medium (not too hot–you don’t want to burn the carpet!) and place it on top of the towel.
- Allow iron to steam the stain away! Check on it OFTEN, but don’t press as if it were ironing clothes. Just let it sit there.
- Rinse the clean area with warm water.
Now this is where I would usually say “Easy Peasy!” but, really, it takes TIME. In fact, I had to do it two nights in a row.
But my stain is gone. And it was totally worth it. I would much rather work to get the stain out than have to replace my carpet!
A few other tips:
- I used oxygen bleach for my stain remover. I mixed 1 tsp. with two cups of water. Yes–all it took was 1 teaspoon! Pure oxygen is like Oxiclean but without the fillers. I normally use pure oxygen to soak my diapers.
- Alternative stain removers include: 1/4 cup oxiclean with 2 cups of water, 3 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part Dawn dish soap, 1 tsp. of any pure oxygen cleaner in 2 cups of water…or (not recommended because of the toxins) any conventional stain remover. (Whatever you use, test a small area of the carpet first!)
- I strongly suggest using an old or cheap iron because it is very likely fibers from the towel will stick to the plate of your iron.
- I strongly suggest using an old towel (and make sure you fold it!). Your towel will get iron burns on it. Make sure the towel is thick enough not to burn the carpet! Carpet burn is an even worse problem than carpet stain!
You can use this method to get other tough stains and spills out of carpet, such as wine or other food and drink spills. Just be sure to test a small area first! And as I learned, the best remedy is to take care of the stain right away!