3 Risk-Free Methods for Removing Stains from (Almost) Any Rug
Here at Rugs Direct, we understand better than most just how damaging a stain or spill on a rug can be. It’s easy to see why many people would jump straight for the chemical cleaners to fix the problem, but that may do more harm than good. If you want to avoid damage like faded colour or worn fibres, why not try one of the following non-toxic methods on your rug stains? Although this is not our advice on a fresh spill, and in any case, any stain should be seen by a professional so they can assess both the stain and the rug.
Method #1: White vinegar and warm water
White vinegar is known for its near-magical stain removal powers, and for good reason! If you suffer a spillage or a stain from mustard, ketchup, wine, grease, sweat, grass, or any other stubborn substance, white vinegar can help. Simply pour as much white vinegar over the stain or spill such that it’s covered entirely. Then wait for around 5 minutes. Get some warm water and rinse of the remaining white vinegar. You may need to repeat the process for stubborn stains, but it should be effective for most rug types.
Method #2: Baking soda and hot water
Here’s a method that’s fantastic for liquid spills and the resulting stains. Baking soda is well-known for its uses around the home, and here it proves itself once again. If you suffer a spill from something like fruit juice, coffee, fizzy pop, or anything else that may be sticky, baking soda can help. As soon as the spill happens, sprinkle baking soda over it – enough so that you can visibly see it soaking up the liquid. Leave the baking soda to sit for an hour or so, then use hot water and a sponge to dab away the remainder. You should be left with a lovely non-marked rug.
Method #3: A pure H2O steam-clean
This method is the only one that requires any extra equipment, but other than a steam cleaner, all you need is simple tap water. Sometimes stains can be nothing more than dried-on food or grime, and all that’s needed to shift them is a direct hit of steaming hot water. A steam cleaner loaded with no chemical cleaners, just water, is often enough to shift these stains and restore the original lustre of your rug. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, any water-based carpet cleaning vacuum will also do the trick here.
Note that if you have a very delicate rug, or one that’s made of an unusual material, it’s best to check before you apply even these natural methods. If you have a question about rug care you can call the Rugs Direct team on 0845 838 8638. This article is by no means our advice and is only meant as a guide only, for your interest. Always consult a professional who can view both the stain and material of the rug.