Have you ever heard someone say “That will come out with baking soda and vinegar” after seeing a fresh carpet stain, but never knew what they meant by it? In this blog post, we will walk you, step by step, through the simple and essential process of cleaning a small carpet stain with baking soda and vinegar.

If you have read our second blog post in our series about home carpet cleaning tips, you already know that vinegar can be a powerful tool for fighting stains. When used with the absorbing properties of baking soda, the combo can be hard to beat, and the process is much simpler than you may think.

Take a small amount of vinegar and pour it over the affected carpet area. This works best for small stains. You don’t need to drown the stain in vinegar, just pour enough so that the vinegar sets in with the stained material.

After letting the vinegar soak into the affected area for a few seconds, sprinkle baking powder over the area that you poured the vinegar. It is important that you pour the vinegar first, and not the baking soda. Pouring vinegar on top of baking soda creates a much less controllable reaction than pouring in the proper order. The baking soda should fizzle and bubble.

After the reaction is done, wipe and vacuum the vinegar and baking soda from the carpet. You may want to empty your vacuum filter after doing this, and be careful not to vacuum baking soda with a standard vacuum cleaner too often, as it can lead to clogs in the vacuum hose.

As always, if your stain is too tough for vinegar and baking soda, call BEAR, and we’ll show it who’s boss. We offer 24/7 emergency water damage services, as well as stain removal and carpet cleaning in both home and corporate environments. Call us today at (989) 631-3267 to book an appointment or schedule a free estimate.