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How To Remove Carpet Stains

How to Remove Carpet stains


Stains on carpet are a continuous menace and source of headaches for many carpet owners as they struggle on how to get rid of these intruders that make their carpets appear shabby and very old. Whether you take precautionary measures, let’s face it is bound to happen that your carpet will be stained one way or the other. Many methods have been proffered into how to clean stains which can be classified but not limited to the following:

  • Pet stains
  • Water soluble stains
  • Special water soluble stains
  • Fat, wax, oily and related stains

Pet stains

Many people are fond of their pets but our beloved animals can also bring stress to their owners in the form of staining the carpets. Here some ways to remove pet stains from your carpets:

  • First clean up the mess using gloves and then if it is wet simply soak up the moisture without smearing or rubbing. Blot the spot repeatedly until the carpet is almost dry and the stain removed.
  • If the stain has already dried on the carpet, moisten it and apply a carpet stain removing product for pet stains.
  • To neutralise the odour you may mix one quarter cup of vinegar with warm water, allow the vinegar to soak and then blot until stain is removed and the spot is almost dry.
  • You can also mix water with a stain fighting detergent in a spray bottle, spray on the spot allowing it to soak then rinse with warm water.

Water soluble stains

These include among them washable ink, latex paint, mud, berries, milk, jelly, food dyes and all alcoholic beverages and can be treated by doing the following easy steps:

  • Use a simple cleaning solution made up of a quarter teaspoon of non bleach detergent mixed or alternatively you can use white vinegar mixed with 4litres of water. Spray on the stained area and blot it out until stain is removed

Special water soluble stains

These include tea, coffee, red wine, chocolate, mustard and blood and if not treated properly can leave the carpet stained with different coloured patches making your carpet look filthy and old. To get rid off those from your carpet try the following to:

  • One tablespoon of ammonia mixed with one cup of water, soak the area and blot it out. If that doesn’t give you the desired results, you may try chlorine bleach to five parts of water but only on solution dyed carpets like polypropylene as bleach may harm other types of carpets.



Fat, wax, oily and related stains

These are the most stubborn stains that require diligence in removing them as they can easily damage your valued carpets. Below are general tips on how to deal with some of the most common of them

Fat, Oil, and Wax 
Place a paper towel over the carpet and iron on warm setting. The wax, fat, or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel. 

Cigarette Burns
These can be removed by gently rubbing the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife. 

Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean. 

Wax and Gum
Use ice to freeze the wax or gum, then shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces soften, and blot the carpet with a white towel.

Nail Polish
Blot the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover. 

Absorb as much as possible with white towels, then blot with a damp, cool cloth. Next, spray or blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Finally, apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of clear, mild, non bleach detergent mixed with 8 litres of water, rinse, and blot dry.


Please note: There are some cases where the above stain removing remedies fall short of producing the desired results. Those are the cases where you need to engage the services of a highly regarded professional carpet cleaning company and restore your valued carpet to its former self. This must be done as quickly as possible as the earlier the stain is attended to the easier it is to remove without damaging your carpet.

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