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How to Remove Stains and Pet Odors from Rugs

How to Remove Stains and Pet Odors from Rugs

Soon we will be closing our homes up for the cooler weather, leaving us face-to-face with rugs and carpets that look and smell less than fresh: A wine spill here, a pet accident thereóand you can end up with a real mess underfoot. But commercial carpet cleaners and fresheners can contain synthetic ingredients that can harm you and your pets.

Here are some great formulas that really work to remove grease stains, chewing gum, food and red wine stains, and even cat mistakes (Annieís formula works better than expensive enzyme-based cleaners!). Find out how to have sweet-smelling, fresh-looking rugs, safely and naturally.

Always try these formulas on a bit of rug that is out of sight first, to be sure they wonít cause discoloration or fading.

Annieís Fabulous Whipped Carpet-Cleaner:

This formula is fun to make and fun to use. Just mix equal parts water and liquid detergent and whip with a hand beater until it gets frothy. Use a sponge to scoop some onto a section of your rug, rub in gently, then wipe dry with a clean rag.

To Neutralize Pet Odors:

See this great technique for cat mistakes and these general deodorizers for pet odors .

To Remove Red Wine Stains:

Itís easier to get rid of stains when they are fresh. First, blot, then dilute with warm water and blot again. Then:

Method 1: Pour on a bit of milk, white wine, or club soda. Blot and wash with warm water and liquid detergent.

Method 2: Mix equal parts liquid detergent and fresh hydrogen peroxide (it loses its effectiveness if itís old) and apply to stain. Blot and reapply if necessary, then use warm water to rinse. Allow to dry.

To Remove Fruit Juice and Berry Stains:

Blot and dilute the stain, then apply straight white vinegar. Rinse with warm water.

To Remove Chewing Gum:

Remove as much of it as you can (some people swear by using a plastic bag to pick up the gum: evidently, the gum will adhere to the plastic). Then apply ice cubes to the gum still remaining on the carpet to freeze it: the gum becomes easy to pick out of the rug fibers.

To Remove Grease Stains:

First, blot away as much of the grease as you can. Then apply straight isopropyl alcohol to the stain. Blot, then wash with warm water and liquid detergent. If that doesnít get it all, apply a few drops of fresh hydrogen peroxide and blot, then wash again with warm water and detergent.

Fragrant Carpet Freshener

Mix 2 cups of borax (in the laundry section of your grocery store) and 25 drops pure essential oil, making sure the oil is evenly distributed throughout the borax. Shake this mixture liberally over your carpet and allow to remain on for a few minutes, then vacuum.

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9:51AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

awsome information.
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3:34AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

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3:29PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

good to know.

3:22PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Very useful info. Thanks!

10:20AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

These are good tips. We tried all of them and there are still quite a few stains and smells that just refuse to leave. We decided that it was time to call in to help us. I just want my carpet to have a fresh new start!

2:31AM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Try a pet-stain & odor remover product from your grocery; or get a professional Carpet cleaner to do it.

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2:08AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

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2:01AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Stock up on baking soda. A natural odor absorber, baking soda is man’s best friend for removing general pet odors. Not only can it be used as a natural air freshener (leave an open box on the counter), it can remove odors on fabrics, furniture and even inside litter boxes.Use a HEPA filter and change the furnace and A/C filters frequently.Use neutralizing odor remover to eliminate odor and prevent the animal from soiling the area again.Clean animal’s toys, dishes and area at least once a week to remove the bad odor.These are professional home cleaning tips to remove odor.

1:45PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

There are so many cleaning products on the market and all of them work a little differently. Unfortunately, with many of them you don't know what you are applying onto your carpet. Because of this, many typical household cleaners can make your carpet look worse. Such staining and damage can occur if the carpet has been treated at some point with a stain protector. Such stain protection on carpets requires specific cleaning tools. If traditional household cleaners are used, the toxins and chemicals will have a negative impact and make the stains worse. In some cases, especially if the cleaner oxidizes, it can actually discolor your carpet. This damage can be permanent. Wool carpets can present even more problems as they are natural and easily affected by chemicals.

Sadly, when cleaning pet stains, many of these factors are unknown. Not knowing the actual fiber composition of your carpet, or whether it does or doesn't have a stain protector can make all the difference in how your carpet should be cleaned.

Genesis 950 is unlike any other cleaner on the market. It is a green cleaner. Because of this, it does not have the chemicals or toxins that other household cleaners contain. As a result, it will not have a negative impact on your carpet. It will not discolor it, stain it, alter the composition or create any unwanted reaction. It is safe to use on any carpet - even wool.

Genesis 950 also works differently then any other cleaner. While many cleaners target the stai

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