How to Get Rid of Carpet Stains

How to Get Rid of Carpet Stains

Carpet is great choice of flooring; it provides soundproofing and is warm, cosy and insulating. However, carpet can also become stained and dirty if it’s not properly looked after, so check out these top tips on how to get rid of carpet stains.

How to Deal with Carpet Stains

Firstly, if you’re thinking about installing new carpet, go for a stain-resistant option. Most synthetic carpets offer minimal stain resistance, but some brands provide extra protection. Natural carpet materials like seagrass, coir and sisal are extremely hard-wearing and able to withstand spills. Always make sure that you hire a professional to lay your carpet for best results.

Follow these steps if your carpet gets stained:

1)      The most important thing is to make sure you act quickly – don’t panic, but don’t give the stain a chance to set in, this will make it all the more difficult to remove.

2)      Place a clean, dry tea-towel or wad of kitchen roll onto the stain to absorb as much of it as you can; be careful not to rub the stain in.

3)      Once you’ve done that, try using clean water and a cloth to dab at the stain, starting at the edges and working inwards.

4)      If the stain doesn’t disappear, use a special carpet cleaning solution or some water and detergent on the stain. Always check whether products are suitable for your particular type of carpet by reading the manufacturers guidelines. Apply cleaner to a small, out of the way section of carpet first to check it doesn’t damage your carpet.

How to Get Rid of Notorious Carpet Stains

Stubborn carpet stains will require more thorough cleaning, here’s some advice on dealing with the most notorious carpet stains:

  • Red wine carpet stains – press a dry cloth to the stain and then soak it with sparkling water before blotting with the cloth again. You may need to do this a few times to get rid of the worst of the wine.  To eliminate the stain altogether, use water and some carpet shampoo or soap to thoroughly clean the area.
  • Chewing gum or glue stains – apply ice to sticky products to harden them, making it easy for you to scrape them off using a spatula. You may need to follow this up with a water and soap clean.  Left-over flecks of glue can be dissolved with warm water if necessary.
  • Make-up carpet stains – be careful not to rub make-up into carpet; dab wet stains and vacuum up powder-based products to begin with. You can then apply a damp cloth to the area to try and lift stains.
  • Grease and oil carpet stains – put some kitchen roll over the stain and place a heavy object on top to draw out the grease, repeat a few times if necessary. Finish off by cleaning the area with soap and water or carpet cleaner.
  • Candle wax or crayon carpet stains – you may be able to scrape wax off straight away using a spatula, however, if it’s not coming off easily, use the ice trick to harden it before scraping. You can use rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn traces of wax.
  • Paint stains – water-based paints are easier to remove than oil-based ones; all you have to do is alternate blotting the stain with a dry cloth and soaking it with soapy water. For oil-based paint stains, clean with a small amount of white spirit before applying plenty of warm water.
  • Blackcurrant, cranberry or raspberry juice stains – dab the stain dry to absorb as much juice as possible. Then use a bar of soap on the stain, leave for a few minutes and then wash off with warm water. You’ll probably need to follow up with a thorough carpet shampoo.
  • Tea and coffee carpet stains – you should use cold water and a sponge to immediately tackle tea and coffee stains, blot the area dry and then depending on the extent of the stain, clean with soapy water.

Why Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned?

To keep your carpet in the best condition, have it professionally cleaned once or twice a year. This involves hot water extraction, whereby water and cleaning solution is applied to the carpet under high pressure and then sucked away – this method is referred to as steam cleaning. Steam cleaning your carpets will remove deep-set dirt, stains and dust mites, thoroughly cleaning and improving the appearance of your carpet. While it’s possible to hire a steam cleaner which you can use yourself, for the best results, hire a professional carpet cleaning company to deep clean your floors.

This post was written by home improvement website ServiceMagic; who connect homeowners with local tradesmen.


Ace Carpet Cleaning
4901 Morena Blvd. Ste. 907
San Diego CA, 92117
Phone: 858-395-0729