THE KOBOLD Magazine

Remove the 8 most common carpet stains that children leave behind for good

A definitive guide to simple yet effective methods of getting rid of those dreaded stains
Family
Stains occur every day, but as soon as children are on the scene, they seem to become tougher and even more impossible to shift!  Suffer no more at the sight of your poor home, and read our definitive guide to simple yet effective methods of getting rid of those dreaded stains once and for all. 

  1. Removing crayon stains: You look away for two seconds and before you know it your cream carpet is now a lovely shade of Electric Lime! Don’t panic; try applying white toothpaste onto the crayon marks with a muslin cloth until they disappear.
  2. Removing pen ink stains: No matter what your age, pen ink somehow gets everywhere no matter how careful you are. Try grabbing a packet of baby wipes and dabbing the stain away in a circular motion, being careful not to spread it in the process.
  3. Removing felt- tip stains: Try mixing one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Then, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
  4. Removing chewing gum: To remove (what once resembled!) chewing gum from your carpet, you need to freeze it with a bag of ice cubes. Once it becomes hard, break away the gum with a knife.
  5. Removing spilled paint stains: Splashed paint on your carpet while decorating? Quickly mix 1½ tsp of vinegar, 1½ tsp of laundry detergent and 2 cups of water. Then, sponge away the paint with the mixture and rinse with cold water.
  6. Removing Ketchup stains: The key to this is to act quickly, as once ketchup dries on your carpet it will be near impossible to get out. Sprinkle salt over the spill, let it sit for a few minutes and vac it up. Sponge up any residue and repeat until the stain has completely gone.
  7. Removing vomit stains: Once you’ve dealt with cleaning up the mess and looking after the little one, it’s time to tackle the stubborn stain. Using baking soda is the best choice to quickly remove the stain for good. Pour the baking soda over the wet vomit stain and pat down with a paper towel. Once the mixture is dry, vac up the residue and the stain should be gone.
  8. Removing hand prints from windows: HINT - this tip also works well for removing muddy paw prints from your windows! Using one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle, spritz the solution onto the window pane, leave for a few moments and then wipe away. Try bulk-mixing the solution so you always have some to hand for unwanted fingerprints!