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How to Remove any Type of Carpet Stain

How to Remove any Type of Carpet Stain

How to remove any type of carpet stain with ingredients you probably already have around the house

Whether it’s coffee, juice, or a gift from one of your pets, whatever is not supposed to get on the carpet always does. Here are a few tips from carpet Eumundi and flooring Eumundi specialists on how to remove any type of carpet stain using products you can find around your house.

Before You Start

To remove a stain, blot the spot and work from the outside in, rinsing thoroughly with water, then blot again. Never scrub, as you’ll risk ruining the carpet fibers or pushing the spill through to the carpet pad.

Water-Soluble Stains

  • alcoholic beverages
  • fruit
  • fizzy drinks
  • animal mess
  • food dyes
  • gravy
  • ice cream
  • jelly
  • milk
  • mud/dirt
  • ink
  • wet paint

Make a simple cleaning solution comprising 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with 1 liter of water.

Special Water-Soluble Stains

  • blood
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • mustard
  • tea
  • vomit
  • wine

Try 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; instead use mild detergent and water). If that doesn’t work, you can try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets; check with the manufacturer if you are unsure what type of carpet you have.

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.

Nail Polish

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

Ongoing Maintenance

Even if you don’t have any mishaps, you should always have your carpet thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months.