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Get old, dark stains out of your light-colored carpet once and for all. Pour, don't sprinkle, apple cider vinegar all over stain. Immediately after, drown puddle of vinegar with a mound of baking soda; it should be fizzing. Leave this for 24 hours, or until baking soda has completely absorbed the vinegar. Vacuum up the baking soda clumps; repeat if necessary. This has saved me from renting a carpet cleaner - ever!
By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, AK
Can you use ordinary white vinegar instead?
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What would happen if I used baking soda and white vinager on my carpet to get out stains? Would this work or would it damage my carpet?
Candace from Houston, TX
Bad idea. All Stains have a pH depending on what caused them. Call a local carpet cleaner (IICRC certified) and tell them what caused it and they should be able to give you advice.
In general, you can use
I worked as a carpet cleaner for five years and have seen the result of vinegar/BS in the carpet, generally way too strong for a carpet. Call the pros they should give free advice. (03/30/2007)
I use white vinegar on stains on my carpets or you could use 3M scotch guard cleaner available in aerosol cans from big box stores. Both work equally well. (03/30/2007)
Might bleach out the carpet color. (03/30/2007)
I met the owner of a maid service who said they use bleach/water on all white carpets, vinegar/water on some stains, and Club Soda on spilled drinks, and for the worst stains like a "piggy trail", they used OxyClean, rinsing many times and wearing gloves/rain boots, all successfully. : ) (03/31/2007)
I have had pet stains and grape juice stains on carpet. Usually, I spray first with Professional Spot Shot (found at Sam's Club) and wipe with damp cloth. Once the stain is damp, I sprinkle some Borax on and rub in to the stain. After it dries, I vacuum the powder right out. This has removed odors as will as the "grape" color from my carpet successfully.