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- Getting rid of wood stains from your carpet
- Things you will need
Its time consuming and even very costly to maintain a carpet. Therefore dealing with stains, especially wood stains is not a welcome sight.
Imagine the horror of finding out that your wooden floorboard, where you carpet sits, has been water damaged and the wood has stained through your precious carpet!
What do you do to clean this up?
Is the carpet even worth salvaging?
Getting rid of wood stains from your carpet
The good news is yes. You can still salvage a wood stained carpet BUT you need to act fast! The longer you wait, your carpet can become badly damaged. And aside from your stained carpet, you must also deal with water damaged wood as well.
Things you will need
- Carpet stained with wood stain
- Carpet stain remover
- Lukewarm water
- Carpet steamer (optional)
- Vacuum cleaner with the carpet attachment
- Clean cloth
1) Test the carpet stain remover
Before anything else, test the stained area with a small portion of carpet stain remover. Prepare the stained spot by pouring carpet stain remover on it to loosen the wood stain. Let the carpet cleaner remain in the area for up to 10 minutes.
Soak an old cloth in warm or lukewarm water and start rubbing the carpet cleaner in a circular motion into the carpet. Place an iron on low heat and place a damp cloth over the stained area and apply the low-heated iron on the damp cloth to steam treat the area.
2) Use a carpet steamer, WD-40 or acetone
If you have a carpet steamer then you can also use this. Follow up with a damp cloth. Use acetone on a clean cloth to remove the stain until it disappears. You may also use WD-40 or lacquer thinner on the wood stain. Use a clean paper towel to blot out the stain.
3) Getting oil-based wood stain out of the carpet
Check the instructions on the carpet stain remover if this is ideal for oil-based stains. Make sure, all the ingredients included on the product label can be used on your carpet type.
If you are sure then you may continue with the procedure, pour some stain remover on the stained area and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This will loosen all the particles of the stain.
Now immerse a piece of clean cloth in warm water and remove any excess water before you rub the area gently in a circular motion. Use a new clean, damp cloth to cover the stained area. Apply the iron on low heat.
Use a carpet steamer to steam the area after removing the stain. Pour some acetone on a clean cloth and blot the affected area. Use this until you see the stain disappear completely.
4) Removing the water-based wood stain from carpet
If the wood stain is water based, use clean water to dilute the stain. Blot it using a clean absorbent towel or a few clean paper towels. Repeat the process until you have removed most of the wood stains. Vacuum the stained area with a dry steam for that clean and finished look.
5) Remove old furniture stains from carpet
Remove dust and wood particles with a vacuum cleaner. Use a mild carpet cleaning solution by mixing liquid dishwashing soap in a cup of warm water. Perform a test on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet to prevent any damage or discoloration. With a clean cloth, apply the cleaning mixture to the stain and leave it for a few minutes.
Never rub harshly on the stain because you might push the stain deeper into the carpet fibers. Blot using an absorbent, clean towel and repeat until the stain transfers at all. Once the carpet stain is completely removed, cover it with clean, white paper towel to absorb any more moisture.
Put a heavy and non-staining object on it and let it rest overnight. Vacuum the treated area to regain the texture of the carpet.
Cleaning wood stains over carpet stains is very important so you can prevent mold growth and the moisture destroying your carpet. Above all, you must fix any leaks and water damage on a wooden floor or wall to completely avoid damaging your carpet.