How to Remove Carpet Stains

Stain Removal Made Simple

How to Remove Carpet Stains

Dealing with stains on your carpet can be frustrating, but with the right techniques and products, you can get them out and prevent further water damage.

But how can we get stains out of the carpet when we don’t know what caused them? Make an all-around cleaner by mixing equal parts water and vinegar plus a small amount of dish soap. Next, shake lots of baking soda directly onto the stain itself. Spray the mixture you just made onto the baking soda you sprinkled on. Give it time to dry out, then use your vacuum to suck everything back up.

Read on to learn more tips on how to remove common carpet stains.

Basic Steps for All Types Of Stains

Before tackling any stain, start with these three basic steps:

  1. Blot the stain – Don’t rub, which can spread the stain and push it deeper into the carpet fibers. Gently blot with a clean white cloth or paper towels.
  2. Pretest any product – Try it on an inconspicuous area of carpet first to ensure it doesn’t discolor or damage the carpet.
  3. Work from the outside in – Apply cleaner starting at the outer edge of the stain and work inward to prevent spreading and excess residues.

How To Remove Blood Stain?

Blood can leave a stubborn stain. Blot immediately, then mix dish soap with cold water and sponge onto the stain. If remains, make a paste of meat tenderiser and cold water and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before blotting and rinsing.

How To Remove Coffee Stain?

Coffee spills require a different approach. Blot excess liquid immediately, mix equal parts white vinegar and clean water and spray onto stain, then allow vinegar solution to sit for 3-5 minutes before blotting and rinsing thoroughly.

How To Remove Pet Stain?

Pet urine and feces can be tricky stains to tackle. Blot excess pet waste immediately, apply an enzyme cleaner made specifically for pets according to product instructions, allow cleaner to sit for 30 minutes then blot and rinse, and repeat as needed for tough stains.

For human urine stains, blot urine immediately, mix 1 tbsp clear ammonia with 1 cup warm water and sponge onto the area, blot area with clean white rag and rinse thoroughly, then repeat as needed for difficult stains.

How To Remove Dirt Stain?

Ground in dirt requires some agitation to loosen and lift it from the carpet. Blot excess dirt, mix a mild laundry detergent solution with hot water. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the cleaning solution into the stain, blot with clean cloths until it is removed, and rinse thoroughly.

How To Remove Gum?

To get sticky gum out of carpet, use an old credit card or dull knife to scrape off gum, apply an ice cube to harden remaining gum pieces then scrape again, blot area with non-acetone nail polish remover, rub gently with toothbrush, then rinse and blot dry.

How To Remove Wine Stain?

Red wine can leave a pinkish hue even after cleaning. Blot promptly to absorb as much wine as possible, apply salt liberally over stain and allow to sit 10-15 minutes, vacuum up salt then dab white wine onto stain, blot again and rinse.

How To Remove Vegemite?

This Aussie favorite Vegemite poses a staining risk. Use a spoon to scrape off Vegemite, dab it with non-acetone carpet stain remover, blot area with damp sponge and rinse, and repeat as needed until it fades.

How To Remove Ink Stain?

Ink can be very difficult to get out of carpet but try blotting excess immediately with absorbent cloth then applying non-acetone nail polish remover with a brush, gently brushing into stain. Mix one part clear ammonia with one cup of water, sponge this onto stain, and blot repeatedly with clean white towel. For severe stains, call a professional carpet cleaner.

How To Remove Candle Wax?

To tackle wax stains from carpets, use a dull knife to gently scrape excess buildup of hardened wax, place a paper bag or brown paper over the wax and apply a warm iron to the paper so the wax transfers, and replace paper repeatedly as wax is absorbed.

Stain Removal Made Simple


Using these carpet stain removal techniques, you can likely rescue your floor from many common household spills and stains.

But to clean carpets, always blot and treat spots immediately. The longer it sits untreated, the harder it will be to get carpet back to its original condition.

Call the pros for assistance on deep cleaning old or set in stains.

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