Since not every stain can be removed with club soda, baking soda and elbow grease, here are some of the best stain removers to use for accidents around the house.
By: Vance Miller
Stains come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Luckily, so do stain removers. There are plenty of natural or specialized chemical stain removal products to get out even the toughest stains around your house. While it may seem that all stains are created equal, it’s important to know that some stain removers will work on carpet, some on upholstery and others only on fabrics. Since not every stain can be removed with club soda, baking soda and elbow grease, here are some of the best stain removers to use for accidents around the house.
Coffee – In the morning rush, it can be very easy to get a little too frantic and spill coffee on the carpet on your way out the door. Americans consume more than 400 million cups of coffee each day, so some of those are bound to wind up on the floor. One of the best products to use is actually Goof-Off, perhaps better known for being able to remove graffiti. Goof-Off has a number of household spot removers and degreasers that are safe and biodegradable.
Wine – Much like coffee, wine is a tannin stain, so you’ll want a stain remover specifically designed to remove tannins. Wine Away red wine stain remover is a great tool to keep on hand if you have a party coming up. It will work on coffee and wine stains, and can be used for any stains, including clothing.
Pet Stains – As much as we love our pets, sometimes they can be bad boys and girls. Pet stains are very common, and unfortunately they often bring an extra scent along with the stain. There are a number of commercial pet stain removal and odor removal products from Woolite and Carbona that work great. You can also use Oxiclean as a stain remover or to supplement another product to remove any lingering odors or stains since it works very well.
Blood – You won’t often see blood stains, but your grand kids are bound to bring scraped knees and elbows through the house. Blood is always a challenge, and it is usually better to use a natural approach for blood stains. After blotting the stain (don’t scrub), spray the stain with cold water and blot again. For synthetic carpets, spray an ammonia solution (1 part ammonia, 2 parts water) on the stain and blot until the stain is gone. Make sure to spray with water and dry the area.
Dirt & Grass – Many stains can be cleaned up with an off-the-shelf spot remover, but the best is probably Resolve Triple Action. It will remove tough stains like dirt, coffee, spaghetti sauce and more from nearly every carpet material. It also neutralizes most odors, so this is one of the best stain removers around.
Hard Surface Stains – Whether it’s just dirt or a marker masterpiece from an overzealous child, your walls and floors are bound to pick up some stains and scuffs. For these, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which can be remarkably effective in removing dirt and other light stains. Be careful not to press too hard, since they may abrade paint or sealant from floors.
Vance Miller is a writer covering trends across the country for a variety of industries. Vance currently conducts digital media research for Accident Cleaners.