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5 expert-approved tricks for ridding your rug of stains.
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juice stains

When it comes to juice stains, Spot Removal Guide suggests gently blotting the stain with a paper towel or cloth towel by applying a light pressure to the stain and lifting off, repeatedly. Then, spray lukewarm water directly on top and continue blotting. Next, rinse the stain with warm water and place a dry towel over it with added pressure on top.

If the stain persists, try mixing 2/3 cup water with 1/2 cup white vinegar in a spray bottle and applying to the stain.

ink stains

Using isopropyl alcohol, dampen a clean cloth and dab at the ink stain. Be careful not to scrub or rub the stain. Let it stand for a few minutes. If the stain persists, repeat this step. Bolt the spot with water once the stain is gone and vacuum it dry. 

oil stains

To fight off oil and grease from your precious piece, apply a small dab of solvent to a piece of cloth, and blot at the stain. Press and hold the cloth for a few seconds, and repeat. Rinse the spot with a cloth dipped in lukewarm water.

mud stains

Before tackling the mess, vacuum up any pieces of dirt . Using a clean cloth, dab at the stain with a detergent solution, pressing on and off repeatedly. After a few minutes, soak up excess liquid with a dry towel and let it dry.

gum stains

Rub the spot with a plastic bag filled with ice, until it hardens. Using a spatula (or any hard object) break up the pieces and scoop them up. Using a clean cloth, blot the stain with a bit of solvent and rinse with a cloth dipped in lukewarm water.

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