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As hard as you try, it is always difficult to keep your carpet clean and stain-free. With busy lives, it's hard to catch every drop or spill on your carpet. So what do you do when you finally have some down time and then notice a stain on your carpet? Here are a few tips on how to get rid of those pesky stains!

If you have kids, then you probably have had a juice or Kool-Aid stain on your carpet once or twice. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to removing Kool-Aid or a bright colored drink from your carpet. First, you will want to blot the stain with a dry towel. Do not rub or smear it any further. Then spray on a mixture of white vinegar, Dawn dish soap, and water. Spray area to saturate and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Then continue with a clean, dry towel with blotting until the stain is removed.

Another common stain that most people with pets will get on their carpets is pet stains. You will first want to make sure that the type of stain remover you may use on the spot is ammonia free. You want to make sure to dissolve of the odor, so that your pet does not re-offend the area again in the future. The solution you can use to remove the stain and the odor is a mixture of ½ white vinegar and ½ warm water. Allow for this mixture to soak for several minutes. When the area is almost dry, sprinkle baking soda all around the area. Then add to the spot, a half cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of a mild detergent. Work the mixture into the baking soda, allow to dry and vacuum thoroughly!

Coffee stains can leave your carpet looking dirty in spots if left untreated or not treated properly. Right when you get a coffee spill on the carpet, you will want to blot the spot with a dry cloth so that you dry the spot. You want to make sure you do not spread the spill and switching out cloths once it becomes too saturated. The best way to clean this spill is using the mixture of vinegar, water and detergent or dish soap. Rinse the area and repeat this method if necessary. There are also numerous types of carpet cleaners that you can try, Sutherlands sells a variety to choose from. Be careful using any cleaning product with bleach. A good idea is to use the product on carpet in the far corner of a room, to ensure it will be safe for a larger spot in need of cleaning.

There are many other stains that can get on your carpet. The best thing to remember is to never rub the stain, that will just make it go further into the carpet. If these techniques don't work, stop by Sutherlands and we can help recommend a great cleaner that will help get the job done!

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