How To Remove A Stain Using Baking Soda & An Iron

Posted on: 18 June 2015

Stains on a carpet are an eyesore that sends a message to guests that the house is dirty. Dealing with stains can be difficult as they root themselves into the fabric of the carpet. The longer that a stain has to dig into the carpet, the tougher it is to completely remove all traces of it. Dealing with stains swiftly and immediately is needed to ensure that it doesn't ruin the carpets forever. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove a stain from carpets using simple household items.

To complete this job you will need the following items:

An iron

Dish towel

Baking soda

Warm water

An old toothbrush

Vacuum cleaner

1 - Take the baking soda and mix it together with small amounts of water to form a paste. Take an old toothbrush and apply it directly onto the stain.

2 - Using the old toothbrush, gently start to rub the baking soda mixture into the carpet in a circular motion. Don't be afraid to use a little bit of force to get out the tough stains that have rooted themselves into the fabric.

3 - Let the baking soda sink into the carpet for approximately five minutes. During that time plug in a clothing iron and let it heat up to medium heat and get a dish cloth wet until it is damp.

4 - Lay the damp dish cloth over the stain and baking soda mixture, then iron over top of the damp dish cloth. Do not let the iron remain on any one area of the carpet for longer than fifteen seconds or you could burn the towel or carpet.

5 - After the pot has been completely ironed, remove the dish towel and the stain should be removed from the carpet and should have been absorbed into the towel. Complete the job by cleaning up and then vacuuming over the fresh unstained area of carpet. 

If the steps outlined above do not remove the stain, then you will have to call in a professional carpet cleaner to remove tough stains that won't come out. Professional carpet cleaners can treat a carpet with specialized chemicals that can dissolve stains without damaging carpets. Professional cleaners like those from Harper's Carpet Cleaners also have access to industrial grade carpet cleaning machines that will pull up all types of dirt, debris and other contaminants that live in your carpets, but are not picked up by regular cleaning methods.