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How To Clean Grass Stains from Carpet

Being outside is healthy and fun, but unfortunately grass stains on carpets and rugs are definitely not as entertaining as their cause. Fortunately, there are some handy and affordable tricks for removing grass stains effectively from carpets and rugs. Keep in mind that carpets come in a wide variety of materials, and unusual carpet pigments or materials such as leather, suede or exotic synthetics may not react favorably with cleaning solutions. Any stain remedy should be tested in an inconspicuous area. When at all possible, treat the grass stain promptly and hopefully while still fresh. Old grass stains can also benefit from this technique, but may be more resistant than stains that are freshly treated. If the stain resists repeated treatments, professional assistance may be required.

First, try to remove as much bulk material as possible. Large amounts of soil or pieces of grass will only spread and get ground in if not removed at this stage. It may be helpful to use a plastic butter knife or similar blunt instrument to scrape away grass and dirt. A citrus-based solution that might be effective on sealed non-porous surfaces like vinyl or tile is not necessarily ideal for carpets and rugs. In this case,  use a dry-cleaning solvent like the Dryel Stain kit, which comes with solution and absorbent pads. You can substitute clean dry paper towels, clean rags or even cotton balls for the absorbent pads if you run out. Follow with a light overall cleansing to remove the solvent, using a mild pH neutral dishwashing liquid diluted in water. After a final clear water rinse, blot dry or use a wet/dry vacuum to remove excess moisture.

If you prefer not to use a dry-cleaning solvent, you can try a glycerin-based remedy.  Other natural remedies like lemon juice or vinegar might not be appropriate for carpets and rugs, as the materials are often damaged by acids. Dab the glycerin on the grass stain to lubricate and loosen the stain. Remove and discard as much stain residue as you can. Mix 1 TB of borax in a quart of water. Mix well to dissolve. Apply the borax to the glycerin/grass affected areas using a blotting motion. When stain removal is complete, follow with a clear water rinse and blot dry or use a wet/dry vacuum to remove excess moisture.

Caution: Never mix cleaning agents or chemicals, the result can be dangerous or deadly. Before cleaning, always test the agent on an inconspicuous location to determine its suitability and to make certain it does not damage the material. Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves and protective eyewear, and work in a well-ventilated area. Accidental inhalation or ingestion of cleaning agents can be hazardous and even fatal, particularly to pets and children.

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