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5 Things To Clean Your Carpets

Spills and stains are bound to happen, especially if you’re entertaining guests or the kids have friends over after school. Don’t worry about being clumsy, use these 5 things to clean stains out of your carpet. Good as new!

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1. Remove Red Wine

Liberally pour salt onto the stain and dab with a cloth dipped in club soda. Or blot the spill with a paper towel, pour a little white wine onto the stain, and scrub with a damp cloth. If neither method works, mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 1 cup warm water and pour a little onto the stain; then blot the stain with a paper towel and repeat with a solution of ⅓ cup white vinegar and ⅔ cup water.

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2. Fruit and Fruit Juice

Pick up any solid pieces of fruit, then stir 1 tablespoon laundry detergent and 1 1/2  tablespoons white vinegar into 2 cups water. Work the solution into the stain and blot.

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3. Grease or Oil

Accidentally drop that family-size bucket of takeout fried chicken on the den carpet? Sprinkle the grease spots liberally with cornmeal or cornstarch, let sit for several hours, and vacuum it up. Or work shaving cream into the stains, let it dry, and rub it off with a damp soft cloth.

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4. Coffee and Tea

Choose one of these three methods and act fast. Pour club soda liberally onto the stain and blot, repeating as necessary. Or blot with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Or beat an egg yolk, rub it into the stain, and blot it.

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5. Ketchup

Jump right on this one because once a ketchup stain sets, it won’t come out (ever). Grab the salt and sprinkle it over the spill, let sit for a few minutes, and vacuum. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain is completely gone.