Many people find it quite challenging to remove the red stain from their carpet, especially when the carpet is white. It just always looks dirty regardless of what you are trying to do. Vaccuming and different cleaning products available on the market do not work. Even steam cleaning machine may not be effective in this task. What to do then, if you cannot afford buying a new carpet?
Fortunately, there is solution to this problem that can help you prevent damaging the surface of your carpet by the pigment-filled soil. The carpet can be cleaned and restored by following these simple steps.
Before you begin, you will need towels, water, washcloths, Murphy’s Oil Soap, old toothbrush and laundry detergent. If you have all these at hand, let’s take a look at the steps one by one:
Step 1: Vacuuming
The floor should be thoroughly vacuumed to remove all the soil and dirt from it.
Step 2: Apply Murphy’s Oil Soap
Now, apply this soap over the affected area by spreading a layer over it.
Step 3: Let the soap penetrate deeply
This can be done with a brush that has soft bristles or cloth. Gently work with it to let the soap penetrate into the fibers.
Step 4: Let the soap stay for a while
Without allowing the soap to dry on the carpet, let it stay there for 20 minutes.
Step 5: Rinsing
Next, you need to rinse completely and remove the soap. For this purpose, use cold, clean water and steam cleaner, if you have any. If not, you can just spray some water over the soapy area and vacuum.
What to do if there is no result?
If the stain is still there, you can try to mix a cup of ammonia in a bucket of water. Use a spray bottle to apply some of this mixture over the affected area. Next, take a soft cloth and gently scrub to remove the dirt. Allow the carpet to completely dry after rinsing.
If you have no Murphy’s Oil Soap at hand, you can make a mixture of borax and water in ration one tablespoon of borax to one cup of water. Alternative solutions for removing the red clay from the carpet are Lestoil and OxiClean. They have proved to be quite effective in stain removal.
Additional methods for cleaning the red clay from the carpet
If the clay stain is large, you can mix vinegar and salt in a ratio one cup of white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of salt. Apply this mixture on the spot to remove it.
Another method is to let the stain to dry and brush it. After that, you can make a mixture of ammonia and detergent in liquid form in 1:1 ratio. Then, use hot water to wash away the mixture and use a bleach.
Do not try to dry the carpet with a dryer, as the clay stain may become worse by the heat.