A Chemical Free Way to Get Carpet Stains Out

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My husband has blown my mind when he has gotten spilled coffee and wine out of our carpets. He only uses water, a dish rag and an iron. Crazy, right? I thought so, until I saw the results.
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We moved in to our house two years ago and these stains were there already. They felt and looked like some sort of grease stain.
Completely wet a towel and wring the excess water out. Fold the towel (make sure to have at least 2-3 folds). Use a towel that won't bleed color.
Turn your iron on high heat and press it in to the towel. The towel is pressing in to the stain using steam to release the stain up to the surface. Repeat if necessary.
Enjoy your spot-free carpet.

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2 questions
  • Jam11974513
    on Oct 23, 2016

    Would this cleaning method work on old pet (dog)urine stains? Or, do you have another solution for that problem?

    • Carol LeFort
      on Oct 19, 2019

      But what if it a multi colored carpet would the peroxide discolor the carpet

  • Smj23614813
    on Aug 23, 2017

    Cold, hot or warm water?
    • Adina Fulsom
      on Apr 24, 2018

      Doesn't really matter. The iron is going to heat it to form the steam that cleans the stain

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  • Hughes Dylan
    on Mar 13, 2019

    To my horror, my strawberry margarita slipped off the end table and disaster struck on my light beige apartment carpet. Being a typical male I begin rubbing not blotting the stain and after a while of scrubbing gave up and went to bed. The next morning it looked worse.

    Here are the steps to remove a set red stain such as the above mentioned (kool-aid, red juices, etc.):

    1. Make a small container mix of hot water with an ample amount of blue Dawn dishwashing liquid.

    2. Pour the solution on the stained area and wait about a minute or so to let the Dawn do its work.

    3.Grab a roll of paper towels

    4.Get your iron out and plug it in with the setting on high. Let it warm up nice and hot.

    5.Take about 5 or 6 sections of dry paper towels and fold them so they are just wider than your iron and lay them over the stained area.

    6.Take your hot iron and press down on the paper towels.

  • Gin
    on Jun 26, 2019

    I have used paper towels and an iron to get spilled wax off the carpet but still has some staining. Will try the dawn to try to pull out the stain and residual wax.

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