Seeing Spots

Real Estate Agent with KMS Realty Group

      If you're seeing spots on your carpet, you can probably make use of these simple tips for removing common carpet stains.


Tar, grease, chewing gum and wax

Remove as much as possible by gently scraping with a dull knife, then treat the stain with dry-cleaning fluid. For chewing gum, try applying ice cubes in a plastic bag to harden the gum before scraping.


Cigarette burns

Patching is necessary for complete repair, but you can mask the damage. Snip off the darkened fiber ends, then blot the area with a solution of 1 teaspoon detergent and 1 teaspoon vinegar in a quart of warm water.



Gently blot with a dry-cleaning solution, then rinse with a solution of 1 tablespoon ammonia in a cup of water.


Animal stains, fruit juices

If the stain is still wet, try repeatedly sponging with lukewarm water. Then, blot dry and treat with a solution of 1 teaspoon detergent and 1 teaspoon vinegar in a quart of warm water. After waiting 15 minutes, blot again and sponge with clean water.



Oil-base paints can usually be removed with turpentine. Water-base paints clean up with water.



Blot ball-point-ink with denatured alcohol as soon as possible. Permanent ink can't be removed, but you can minimize the damage by blotting with water.



For more home-and-family tips, contact Valerie Bartolone Appleseed Realty GMAC Real Estate at, 718-966-4000




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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Good suggestion...for small brown leak stains from ceiling under the bathroom where they may have been high seas during tub time with the little ones, you don't have to repaint everytime.  Get some bleach, put it in a spray bottle, don't get any in your eyes or little mist dots on your clothers but apply four or five times on stain.  It slowly disappears so you don't have to repaint entire ceiling!
Dec 29, 2007 04:20 AM #1
Joel Bennett
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. - Columbia, MD
The Joel Bennett Group
Good helpful tips.  Thanks for the reminders.
Dec 29, 2007 04:49 AM #2
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
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Hi Valerie,

Welcome to Active Rain! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!


Dec 29, 2007 10:12 AM #3
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Just stopped by to welcome you to active rain! It is great here and I hope you enjoy it!

Happy New Year!

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