How to Remove Stains from Carpet

How to Remove Carpet StainsStains and carpet, they go hand in hand, no matter how careful you are.

Spills are inevitable so you’ll have to be ready for it.

I have a 2 year old at home and he’s adorable.

But he still doesn’t know where to pee and would occasionally does it on the floor if he doesn’t have nappies on.

Now you know what I mean.

If you like to host a party at home with lots of people having fun, expect a few spills here and there.

The worst part is you won’t see some of the spills until a few days (or even weeks) after but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

I’ll have a section here that’ll discuss how to remove caked on stains with the help of an iron.

Tip: Remember to always try these cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area of a carpet to see if there will be discoloration.

Know what type of stain you’re dealing with

Water soluble stains

For water soluble stains like sodas, alcoholic drinks, food coloring, ice cream, milk, jelly, latex paint and excrement, mix in a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid (like joy that can break down greasy stuff) and 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar to a quart of warm water.

Saturate the area with this solution using a spray bottle.

Let it sit for around 10 minutes then blot dry with a clean white towel. Repeat until stain is no longer visible.

Rinse area will cool water then blot dry again with a clean microfiber towel.

If would be better if you have a wet dry vacuum to suck in excess moisture from the carpet.

In case you don’t have one, cover the area with a half inch thick layer of paper towel with a heavy object on top to press it down and help absorb excess moisture.

Hard to remove stains

For tough to remove stains like blood, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit, wine and chocolate, there will be a tweak to the cleaning mixture.

Instead of using a dishwashing liquid, use ammonia instead.

Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia to a cup of water.

If your carpet is made from wool mixture, don’t use ammonia but use a dishwashing liquid instead.

If the ammonia concoction doesn’t work, use chlorine bleach instead (one parts bleach to five parts water).

Take note that this will only work on solution dyed carpets.

Remember to use bleach formulated for colored fabric or you’ll end up with spots on your carpet (if it’s colored).

Again, put in cleaning mixture in a spray bottle then spray the stained area, leave for 10 minutes then blot dry. Repeat until stain is no longer visible.

Caked on stains

For caked on stains that’s been there for weeks or months.

This solution will blow you away. I found this in Jill’s post (awesome blog by the way). It is so simple that you wouldn’t believe your eyes when you see it.

  1. Mix in one part ammonia (one commented recommended lemon ammonia) and one part water in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray liberally on the stained area
  3. Cover it with a clean white terry or microfiber towel
  4. Iron it with a steam iron
  5. Rinse and repeat with all the stains

Glue stains

If glue is still wet, try to use a paper towel, dabbing it over the stained area and try to pick up as much glue as possible.

For shaggy carpet, grab a second paper towel and try to get as much glue in between the fibers.

If that does not work, use a towel dipped in white vinegar then dab it over the glue stained area and try to remove as much glue as you can.

Just in use the glue dries up, cover the area with a clean white towel and use an iron (turn off the steam setting) then iron it a few times.

Remember not to keep the iron stationary but keep it moving so it doesn’t burn the towel and/or carpet.

If all goes well, heat from the iron will turn dried glue back to its liquid form and will be absorbed by the towel.

Wax and Gum Stains

Gum is probably one of the tougher objects to remove on carpet but with this technique, you can remove it without damaging the fibers.

  1. Boil water in a kettle
  2. Using a shop vac (preferably one with a wet/dry function), position the nozzle in a 45 degree angle near the gum stained area
  3. Turn on the shop vac and pour water into the gum
  4. The heat from boiling water should slowly dislodge the gum from carpet and it’ll get sucked in the nozzle. Excess water on the carpet will also get sucked in

Here’s a demo on how to do it

Oil and Grease Stains

For these types of stains, you’ll need denatured alcohol, a water-based degreasing type of dish detergent, and a few white towels.

Mix in a quarter teaspoon of dish detergent to around 4 ounces of water.

Grease stains generally require a solvent based cleaning agent (denatured alcohol) and water based dirt will require water based cleaning agent (dish detergent)

Here’s a demo on how to do it

Cigarette Burns

For small cigarette burns, if it’s small enough you’ll need to:

  1. Cut/scrap off the burnt part using a small sewing scissor
  2. Cut new carpet fiber from another part of the carpet
  3. Carefully place new carpet fibers onto the burnt part then use epoxy or glue to stick the new strands of carpet on the base

See how it’s done below…

This method will easily save you $45 bucks per carpet burn if it’s done by a professional.

Nail Polish

Standard carpet cleaners will not work on nail polish. You’ll have two options here – acetone or finger nail polish remover which also has acetone in it.

Do not pour acetone on the stain as this can damage the backing of the carpet.

  1. Saturate a clean white terry towel with acetone or nail polish remove
  2. Blot the surface from the outside of the stain going in
  3. Use the dry portion of the towel and blot the surface to absorb excess cleaner
  4. Spray affected area with an all-purpose spot remover like Bionex on the stained area
  5. With another clean towel, blot the area dry

1 thought on “How to Remove Stains from Carpet”

  1. How do I clean white out liquid paper out of wool carpet?
    Thanks

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