The dreaded scenario sometimes happens. No sooner than you’ve purchased your beautiful new rug and proudly set it out on the living room floor, one of your clumsy houseguests goes and spills red wine all over it. Rats. However, whilst some materials are resilient against stains, such as acrylic, others, such as wool, are not. Here is a list of four popular although often unsuspected household items that may prove useful in removing stains from your treasured living room cosy.
This will surprise many, but beer is highly useful when it comes to the removal of stains on your fabrics. By pouring a liberal amount of beer onto the tarnished area of your rug, you will be able to lift those pesky coffee and tea stains from the material. Make sure that you rub the solution into the material and, given time, it should vanish entirely!
Wine stains are often the most resilient and difficult to remove of all and are the dread of all house party entertainers. However, you can stop it in its tracks if you act fast. Firstly you need to dab the area with a dry cloth, attempting to absorb as much as the spillage as possible. Once saturated into the cloth, sprinkle the area with white salt and leave for five minutes. If you acted fast and accordingly, the stain should have lifted itself from the carpet entirely – all you have to do is hover up the salty deposits and, hey presto – your rug is miraculously saved!
Unbeknownst to many, shampoo is actually great at removing artificial stains, such as cosmetics. If the stain is still fresh, squeeze a little bit of shampoo from a bottle – any brand will do and at any price – and gently rub the solution into the spoiled area of your rug. Leave the solution to soak for five minutes, before washing it off with lukewarm water. The shampoo should have lifted the stain completely.
The stain-removing properties of shaving foam are not generally known let alone considered, although, if the stain is still fresh, this popular condiment should prove handy. Dab half a handful of shaving cream onto the spot, blotting the stain and covering the area with a liberal amount of foam. Once the foam has soaked into the material, apply a wet sponge to remove both the stain and the foam. Lo and behold, you should find that the stain has completely disappeared.
So, instead of bleaching the area and increasing the risk of long-term damage to your rug by aid of a chemical solution, take account of what you may already have lying around the household. Remember, acting fast is always the key to saving your carpets and rugs.