When it comes to getting stains out of your new carpeting, everyone has a recommendation to make. Whether it’s a product they’ve been using for years or a homemade recipe passed down by their Great Aunt Ethel, it’s a safe bet that nearly all your friends and family have a must-use solution to tell you about. Here at Floor Coverings International, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite DIY stain removal ideas for carpet, to save you time and money when dealing with stubborn coffee spills and tragic ice cream accidents. The best part? All of these items are easily found in most kitchens or bathrooms, making this a must read for anyone hoping to mitigate stain issues without ever having to leave the house.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda for Red Wine Spills

Easily one of the most feared carpet spills, the dreaded glass-of-red-wine tip over surely haunts the dreams of any carpet owner. Like any carpet stain, it’s important to dab up as much of the liquid as possible as quickly as you can. Even if you’re able to get at the spill immediately, though, there’s always some residue left over, and hydrogen peroxide and baking soda make a great team for dealing with the leftover wine. Start by spraying some hydrogen peroxide on the stain, followed by a hefty sprinkle of normal baking soda. Let your solution rest for a few minutes, then hit the spot with some fresh water, dabbing up the liquid as you got. This should do a fair amount in terms of managing the stain, all without having to drive to the store.

Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar for Ink Stains                                  

If you have kids, or a spouse that likes doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning, you’ve certainly had to deal with ink spots on your clothes and carpet. Next time you run into a rogue ink stain, make sure you’ve got rubbing alcohol at the ready, as it’s perfect for dealing with leaky pens. Get a rag damp with rubbing alcohol and persistently dab the spot, applying more rubbing alcohol when necessary. After you’ve handily battled the stain, make sure to clean the area with a bit of warm water and vinegar to avoid damage to your carpet.

Shaving Cream for Food and Grease Stains

The problem with dealing with most types of food spills on your carpet is that there isn’t much liquid to dab up, so a different approach entirely is needed. For dealing with dropped pizza, spilled spaghetti, or troublesome taco stains, always run to the bathroom first and grab a can of shaving cream. Place a healthy amount of shaving cream on the stain, let sit for fifteen minutes, and then wipe up with a towel. This should do a lot in terms of getting out any discoloring, and will often get rid of the stain completely. Colored, menthol, or gel-based shaving cream may damage carpeting, so be sure to stick with the white stuff when dealing with stains. Next time Fido isn’t able to quite make it outside, a simple can of shaving cream will go a long way towards dealing with the disaster.

When it comes to carpeting, it’s always important to be ready for quick and painless stain removal. Hopefully these tips leave you better prepared for fighting spills, so that your new carpet keeps looking great for years to come.