Sunday, January 20, 2013

Removing Berry Stains

Is it just my toddler or does it seem like a single two year old can destroy a house quicker than a tornado?! Our new house is mostly hardwood floors with the exception of 2 rooms, our den and the master bedroom. Since I have been on a diet, I have been eating a ton of fruit, especially berries and our 2 year old has decided that he likes them too. So you might imagine how upset I was when I walk into our den yesterday to see him stepping on a blackberry. Ahhhhhhhhhh. I cannot tell you the panic that set in as I tried like crazy to get it out of my carpet. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you might try some of these tips below! Don't give up if the first try doesn't work. The longer the stain sits, the more likely it's going to become permanent!

*Don't RUB the stain or use hot water. Blot with a dry rag at first and then after you get up as much of the stain as you can, try blotting with COLD water

*Vinegar. Use a spray bottle and use 1 part distilled white vinegar and 5 parts water. Spray directly on the stain and then blot with a clean rag.

* Dishsoap. Use 1/4 tsp of dishsoap and 1 liter of water. Mix together and use the solution to help blot up the stain.

*Club Soda. Pour directly over the stain and allow to soak in and then blot it up.

*Try a professional rug cleaner as a last result if you have tried everything and the stain is still there.

Good luck! We got lucky and our carpet in the den is a dark color so the stain isn't visible but I can almost bet if we had lighter carpet, that stain might not have came up! 

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