It’s easy to remove tough carpet stains with baking soda. However, the method will change depending on whether the stain is greasy or not.
For Greasy Stains
- Vacuum: Always start with vacuuming the carpet area. If there are other dirt and debris around, you run the risk of causing even more stains.
- Blot: Use a rag or paper towel to blot up as much of the grease as possible. Make sure you don’t rub it or you could spread it around.
- Sprinkle: Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over the stain so it’s completely covered.
- Brush: Use a really soft brush to gently work it into the fibers. If you’re worried that you’ll be unable to get all the baking soda out later, you can skip this step.
- Allow it to sit: Let the baking soda sit up to eight hours, or overnight.
- Vacuum: In the morning, vacuum the affected area thoroughly.
- Dish soap: If there is still a remaining stain, it’s time to get out the dish soap. Take one drop and blot it over the stain. Increase depending on the size of the stain. Cover the area in a little water and continue blotting until everything is absorbed.
- Repeat if necessary: If you’re still concerned about the stain, you can cover the area in baking soda again and leave for three hours. If not, skip to step 10.
- Vacuum: If doing step eight, vacuum up the remaining baking soda.
- Blot dry: Use a cloth or rag to blot the area dry.
For Non-Greasy Stains
- Vacuum: Always vacuum the area first to eliminate other dust, dirt and debris.
- Sprinkle: Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stained area.
- Spritz: Spritz with some hot water until the area is slightly damp.
- Let it sit: Leave the mixture to sit overnight.
- Vacuum: In the morning, vacuum the area and the stain should be gone.