Carpet Cleaning Myths: Winter stains, home remedies and how they work

Foliage covered paths and snowy winter landscapes look gorgeous, as long as they do not end up on the home carpet. What is difficult even for adults, borders with children to the impossible: mud, litter, slush and road dirt are the other side of the winter idyll and leave stubborn stains. It’s just a good thing that there are countless tips and tricks for winter carpet cleaning – but what’s really up to grandmother’s stain myths?

Wet Leaves

Yellow, orange, red leaves: Colorful leaves are an ornament – but only on trees. Unfortunately, it contains tannins that can cause permanent stains and stains on your carpet. The myth: Light detergent concentrate concentrated on the stain and work with warm water. If necessary, leave overnight. The hoped-for effect: The synthetic surfactants contained in detergents cause fibers to be better penetrated by water. They form, so to speak, the ‘link’ between water and carpet. The dyes dissolve by a reaction between negatively charged surfactant anions. Since mild detergents do not use bleach and brighteners, they should also protect sensitive carpet fiber – in return, they have to last longer.


Fully packed, one runs from the car to the door and is glad to have his key in his hand to open the apartment. Consideration on the floor is rarely in there after a bulk purchase – even less, when outside temperatures prevail. Mud settles on the carpet and forms stubborn crusts. The stain myth: If the mud stain has already dried, the mechanical cleaning by brush helps. Be careful not to rub the dirt. Then continue with hot soapy water.

The hoped-for effect: If possible, remove coarse-grained dirt without moistening the fiber, that is, allowing it to ‘swell’. Since it is difficult to say which particles are hiding in the mud, the hot soapy water should then be added to the collar as long as the dark dyes have not yet settled in the fiber. This can work with sturdy carpeting, but carries an increased risk for sensitive carpets.

Small Stones

Sand and small stones often get into the carpet together with the mud. Shoes and boots with profile soles carry a lot of sand and pebbles into your home. The small hard particles have sharp edges that destroy the fibers of your carpets. The carpet loses its shine so quickly and becomes thin and fragile. The myth: Try to vacuum affected areas in the carpet while reducing the pressure on the fabric. Feel with your hand whether all the stones have been removed. The hoped-for effect: Get all particles dangerous to foot and fiber at one goes. If such soiling accumulates, specialists recommend a deep cleansing including steam cleaning every quarter, which also purges stones from the depths of the fabric.


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