How to Clean Common Rug Spills?

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By Deirdre Mundorf

Updated: May 10, 2024

8 min read

How Do You Clean an Area Rug Spill
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    Hey, Spill Busters!

    Ever had that moment where your beautiful rug suddenly becomes the canvas for an accidental spill? Whether it's a splash of wine or a dribble of coffee, don't sweat it—we've all been there! Here's how you can tackle those common spills without losing your cool. And if things get out of hand, there’s always a rug cleaning service just a click away!

    1. Red Wine Woes

    Imagine this: a relaxing evening, a glass of red in hand, and suddenly, your rug is drinking it too! First things first: grab a cloth and blot (rubbing is a no-go, folks) as much of the wine out as possible. Next, whip up a solution of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide (2:1 ratio—it's like math, but easier) and apply it to the stain. Let it sit, then dab away. If the rug still looks like a crime scene, it might be time to look up professional rug cleaning.

    2. The Coffee Drop

    Morning mishaps with coffee are typical, but your rug doesn’t have to suffer. After you’ve blotted what you can, mix a teaspoon of white vinegar (keep the balsamic for salads!) with a mild detergent in warm water. Gently apply it to the stain, rinse, and dry with a towel. If the rug still looks caffeinated, a professional cleaning might just be the brew you need.

    3. Pet Mishaps

    Pets are adorable until they’re not. For pet accidents, blot up as much as you can first. Then, a sprinkle of baking soda over the area can help neutralize the smell. Let it do its magic, then vacuum. If you’re still nose-blind to freshness, mix some water and vinegar and give it another go. Sometimes, though, only a pro from a rug cleaning service can truly clear the air.

    4. Ink or Swim

    Ink on your rug? Don’t let it set! Dab the stain with a cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Remember, dab, don’t rub, or you’ll press the stain deeper. It might take a few tries, but keep at it. If your rug starts looking like an abstract painting, it’s probably time to call in the experts from a rug cleaning service.

    Final Thoughts: Stay Chill, Clean Will!

    Handling spills with grace (and the right techniques) can save your rugs from becoming permanent art projects. Use these tips to keep your cool and clean up any mess. And when your best efforts just aren’t enough, remember, professional rug cleaning is just a click away to restore your peace of mind—and your rug!

    Here’s to keeping our floors spotless (or at least trying our best until the professionals take over)!

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