What are the most common stains found on carpet? If you guessed “spilt drinks, pet stains and dirt,” then you’re right! These types of stains can be especially difficult to get out. Luckily, there are many ways to remove these different kinds of carpet stains. In this blog post, we will discuss 17 different methods for removing a variety of natural and artificial carpet stains!
A few stain cleaning tips and techniques.
Start always from the outside at the center of stained areas. Paper towels and cornstarch are the best means to remove excess moisture. Never use Bleach/ bleach products on carpet stains. Some easy home remedies for rug stains is inexpensive and simple. They will perform great for common stains but when you encounter something especially stubborn as blood and grease try a commercial cleaner. This is specially formulated for cleaning the fibers and getting rid of even the longest most persistent carpet stains. Try the cleaner with a white fabric or a white cloth. I think color migrate is a suitable option when you use dark-colored materials.
It is important to know that some stains are not easily removed. When this happens the best thing you can do is use a protective layer like fabric or carpet protector so it doesn’t get worse and end up ruining your rug altogether. Carpet protectors work by creating an invisible barrier on top of your rug which blocks liquid and prevents staining, scuffing, fading etc.. If one spills any fluids onto the protected area they will be immediately drawn away from the fibers and kept off the surface because of their water repellent properties. I have personally used these products in my home for many years now with great success. You won’t regret investing in them!
Identify the type of stain.
Before you can start thinking about how to get rid of stains in the carpet, you need to know what it is you’re dealing with
How can I find stains on the carpet? The first step of removing carpet marks involves identifying the type of the mark. These water-soluble spots include those of food and drink dyes urine and latex paint. Oils stains are evident by any one material. There’s also a category of special stains which have to have more serious treatments.
To remove an oily or greasy spot, use dishwashing liquid mixed with hot water and blot up as much of the grease as possible before applying it to the stain. For mustard stains that have been allowed to dry for several days, scrub them off first with detergent and then soak in cold water overnight before washing again in warm soapy water. Always read product labels carefully because some items may not be safe to use on carpets.
For paint spills, apply white vinegar directly to the spill area using a sponge or cloth dipped in undiluted shampoo (in order to break down any oil) followed by rinsing well with clean cold tap water.
For all other stains, blot up the excess liquid and try to remove as much of the stain or spot by rubbing it with a wet cloth before applying detergent for an oily stain or dishwashing liquid for greasy spills. Then rinse well in cold water followed by washing in warm soapy water until no more dirt can be removed from the fabric surface. It is always best to read labels on any products used because some items may not be safe when applied directly to carpeting.
Baking powder and cornflour.
Cornstarch is perfect for the exfoliation of carpeting greasy stains. A bit of baking powder helps to remove the odours. Add the dry cleaner to the spot and keep it on for a while. Vacuum clean the powder and look around. Continue to clean if the area remains open. Get started right after the carpet was stained for an even better result. Starch absorbs the foul-smelling odor in carpet fibres and will eliminate odor. Starch is a fantastic way to remove smells inside the carpet.
Sprinkle some baking powder and cornflour on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes then vacuum up as much of the dry mixture as possible, repeating until you’ve removed all residue. Vacuum thoroughly to remove any additional odors that may be lingering in your carpeting’s fibres; however, if there is still an odor after vacuuming, sprinkle more starch over the area and let it air out overnight before vacuuming again.
A detergent-based cleaning solution.
Dishwashing liquid is great for getting rid of stains on surfaces and certain types of greasy stains. Dip your sponge in the cleaning liquid then rub gently onto the stain. Use paper towels on the carpet before cleaning. Vacuum clean thoroughly removing any residues. Baking soda will stop sodor and odor in your carpet and in the house. Use baking soda to clean your carpets and vacuum. Use a clear liquid detergent because certain products contain pigments to damage the carpet.
Hydrogen peroxide carpet cleaner.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that does wonders for stain elimination. Combine a teaspoon with a little of the cream of tartar or a dollop of toothpaste without glycerin. Remove the stain with another soft cloth. Follow up with a damp cloth to remove any excess mixture. It is always important to conduct a spot test, specifically when the specific carpets come from natural fibers like silk. It helps clean stains of nearly any kind of old stains of almost every kind. It is also incredibly simple to clean.
A popular misconception is that hydrogen peroxide will bleach your carpet. This isn’t true, but it does help to eliminate dirt and stains so you can get a more even color in the end. Another common belief is that when cleaning carpets with hydrogen peroxide, they should be left wet afterwards because it helps extract all of the dirt from within them better than any other method. However, this could lead to mold growth or mildew if not done properly. The best solution would be to use a powerful vacuum cleaner on the spot before leaving it for too long. Just remember: don’t rinse!
Ammonia carpet cleaner.
Ammonia is a powerful stain removal compound. It has an extremely strong smell. Keep opening windows so that the environment inside are well-ventilated. If you own a cat who has an odor in your carpet they might confuse it with the new one and assume that if you keep one they can still keep it. For pets and humans also ammonia is not a bleach cleaning product but a product that you can never mix with bleach as they may emit toxic fumes. Make sure you’re using ammonia for the cleanup of dusty carpet only, not to clean stains from dirt/soil or other surfaces like greasy spillages on kitchen floors.
Homemade carpet shampoo.
Use carpet shampoo with Homemade products as usual on carpet cleaning machines. Mix half a cup of liquid detergent such as Tide Hygenic Clean in a cup. 3/4 cup. Use one gallon of water when luvrifying your carpet. – The BISSELL ProHeat 2x Revolution pet large upright carpet cleaner can be made with a carpet machine-style pet carpet cleaner.
Fill the detergent tank with a half cup of liquid detergent such as Tide Hygenic Clean. This will be mixed into three cups of water in your machine’s rinse compartment to create the solution that you’ll use on your carpet, and it is what makes this type of cleaner so effective at removing pet stains and odors.
Repeat if necessary.
Often people try once to remove a stain from their carpet, notice it won’t go and so give up and learn to live with it. At the end of the day, if you want to recover the situation as much as possible, you’re going to have to apply a little in the way of elbow grease and give it more than one clean.
Here are some tips on removing some of the most common stains on your carpet.
Removing white wine, coffee and tea stains
Pour a bucket of cold water over the stain then use an absorbent cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Brush off any remaining residue with a stiff brush or broom. The vacuum may be used on dry carpet after all the stains have been removed. If there is still some color left behind, dab at it with a solution of one part vinegar to two parts cool water.
-Remove white wine stains by pouring club soda on the stain then blotting and vacuuming dry.
-When cleaning Red Wine on the white carpet, put a little white wine over the spots to dilute the colors and then rinse with a sponge and cold water.
-For coffee or tea spills, use equal amounts of cold water and ammonia (or carbonated beverage) poured out first onto the carpet and rubbed in with an absorbent cloth. Leave the area for a few minutes then blot with clean water and vacuum as soon as possible after removal to avoid color seeping back in from other spills, which may occur before it dries completely.
-Coffee or tea stains can also be removed by using cornstarch on top of the spill then rubbing with a cloth. Leave the area for about 15 minutes before vacuuming, blotting with water as necessary.
-For red wine stains, use club soda on top of the spill then rub with an absorbent towel and vacuum quickly to avoid staining other parts of the carpet or rug. If this doesn’t work, make a paste by using liquid dish soap mixed into cornstarch (or baking powder) then applying it onto the stain and rubbing in well with towelling until removed completely. Allow to dry fully before wiping up excess residue (otherwise, additional spots may be created).
Removing tomato sauce from carpet.
When there is tomato sauce spilt onto the carpet:
Soak up the excess liquid by pressing firmly against paper towels with an iron set at a high heat or use an old towel that has been soaked in water until damp.
-Place a dry towel over the spot and use an iron to remove excess moisture from the carpet with a hot setting on your iron before spraying it with water in order to help loosen up any remaining sauce residue
-Spray stain remover onto the affected area, wait for 30 minutes or until you start seeing results then blot away any excess liquid by pressing firmly against paper towels
-Blot at stains vigorously with paper towels which will be wet but not dripping as this could worsen the damage that’s already been done
-Allow to dry then vacuum up any excess residue.
If the stain is still visible, try using a carpet cleaner before applying a liquid enzyme cleaner or other stain remover product for best results
Blot vigorously with dry paper towels before finally vacuuming away any remaining residue when dry for best results
If stain remains after all other steps were taken, try using enzymatic cleaner before applying another carpet cleaner
*If the carpet is already too dirty, it may be time to consider re-carpeting
To prevent future accidents, store all food items in airtight containers and only use cutting boards that are designated for vegetables or fruits. The absorbent material of a cutting board will sometimes still carry an acidic residue which can then transfer over onto your clothes or even carpets when you’re not paying attention. Consider using paper towels instead of cloth napkins if possible because they’ll soak up any excess liquid quickly without spreading it around as much. Make sure to clean off knives after cooking with them by scraping against some hard surface before rinsing under water so there’s no risk of further damaging your carpet when used next time
Removing chewing gum from carpet.
Chewing gum is a sticky mess! But don’t let it stay on your carpet or upholstery. Remove chewing gum from any fabric quickly and easily with these tips:
With the help of a pair of scissors, cut out as much of the unwanted chewing gum that you can before scraping- this will make for easier removal in most cases. If there’s too much to remove at once, try cutting off small wedges until you’ve removed all the excess surface material. Be sure your fingers are covered by rubber gloves or other protective gear because removing chewing gum is not easy without getting some goo on yourself! Always be careful not to crush loose threads when using a scraper as they may become permanently embedded into the rest of the fabric.
Using a warm, soapy water solution will help to get rid of any remaining gum that has not been removed through scraping and cutting as well as removing dirt and stains from the surface of your carpet or upholstery. Use a sponge on smaller areas but be sure to use a soft brush for larger surfaces like rugs because it helps with agitation without causing too much damage to delicate fibers in fabrics such as wool.
Once you’ve removed all the gum and dirt that was on your carpet or upholstery, rinse out with cool water- this will help to get rid of any residual soap. If needed, take a few minutes to let it dry before vacuuming.
The best way to avoid chewing bubblegum in the first place is by instituting an “out of sight, out of mind” policy: keep everything off carpets and upholsteries! Keep small toys like cars and blocks away from potential reach as well because they can also be sticky messes if chewed on too long. And remember a good rule: no eating while watching tv (or reading) so that hands aren’t constantly near mouths!
Removing animal urine from carpet.
I can’t even start to count the number of times I’ve had to remove pet urine from carpets and furniture in my own home, much less provide advice about it for other people. Urine is a very strong smell that will stay on your carpet if left untreated long enough. The best way to get rid of this odor (and avoid future accidents) is by using an enzyme cleaner, which breaks down proteins found in the pee instead of just masking them as most cleaners do. Sanitizing formulas also work well because they kill bacteria/viruses responsible for unwanted smells as well as removing any allergens or irritants associated with animal urine such as dust mite debris.
The first step to removing animal urine from the carpet is to blot up the excess liquid with a dry towel. The next stage in cleaning animal urine from carpets is using basic household products and following these steps:
-Mix a solution of water and vinegar in an empty spray bottle.
-Apply the mixture to the urine stain with a sponge or rag, then work it into the carpet fibers by scrubbing gently.
-Allow this first step to soak for about 30 minutes before moving on to Step Two.
-Rinse off your soiled sponges or rags in clean water after every use when working with animal urine stains from carpets. Continue blotting up any excess liquid while you wait for the first application of cleaning agent to soak through fully; if there is still some wetness left behind after half an hour, allow another 15 minutes soaking time before trying the following steps:
-Mix baking soda, water, and dish soap or ammonia together in an old spray bottle (or another container) until it forms a thin liquid. Apply this mixture over the area of concern on your carpeted surface. Let sit for 15 minutes as you wait patiently for the solution to work its magic on those stubborn stains. Blot away any remaining wetness with another clean towel before moving on drying out your carpeting. Follow up by sprinkling some salt all over the soiled areas where there was once pee now baked
-Blot up any excess liquid with paper towels, then place an absorbent cloth or rag over the area and allow it to soak for about 30 minutes before moving on to Step Five below:
-Apply a dry carpet freshener product like baking soda (not powder) to eliminate odors in your home that may linger after removing animal urine from carpets. Allow this second application time for the cleaning agent to work, while you wait 15 more minutes if there is still some wetness left behind after half an hour’s soaking time.
-Mix one tablespoon borax with two cups of water, pour it into a spray bottle and shake to mix well.
-Spray the spot thoroughly (apply enough so that you can’t see any urine left on the carpet).
-Allow the area to air dry for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours before vacuuming.
Removing nail polish from a carpet.
Getting nail polish off your new carpet is one of the most tricky of all carpet cleaning challenges since it can be hard to tell if the polish has set or not.
But what you need is a solvent-based product that will evaporate quickly, leaving no residue behind. The best product for this job would have methylene chloride as one of its ingredients and should come in an inexpensive spray bottle with a trigger head so that it’s easy to apply without dripping everywhere. Use something like Goo Gone Paint & Lacquer Remover from Home Depot or MR Clean Methylene Chloride Topping Agent from Amazon (affiliate links). Don’t use acetone because paint removers are made specifically for upholstery fabrics such as carpets and other materials typically found in your home, but they’re also very effective at removing nail polish!
I hope that this article has not only given you some new tips on great homemade products to help remove stains from your carpet but also has shown how to apply these techniques to some of the leading spillages. Of course, there will be many more different things to spill but by using one of the above methods, you’ll be able to get the carpet looking nearly as good as new in all situations. We just need a way to remove lego bricks from the carpet in the middle of the night!
While we covered many of the most popular ways to remove stains, I’m sure there are plenty more that have been passed down through the generations of your families. Let us know in the comment section below and let’s see if we can discover some new tips between us.