How to Remove a Stain From a Carpet

This seems to be the question of all carpet owners. The first thing to do is to ask yourself- what type of carpet stain do you want to get rid of? You should treat each carpet stain differently. A water stain is more easily cleaned than a paint stain. Hot water will remove some stains such as grease and set others such as blood. You should use a different technique in cleaning animal stains too. But whatever type of stain your carpet has, stick to this one tip- do not scrub your carpet! It can do you more harm than good. Scrubbing pushes the stain into the carpet fibers.

Coffee/ Juice/ Tea stain

Here are several ways to treat a coffee, juice or tea stain. They also work for wine and cola. If one method doesn’t work try another. Let the area of the carpet dry between cleanings or you might end up soaking the carpet pad. That could lead to mildew. Blot the stain as soon as you see it. Use paper towels or a white cloth. Push the towel into the stain, bring the cloth back up and then push it into the stain again. Sprinkle drops of tonic water or soda on the stain, blot dry with a paper towel.

Put plain water on the stain then dry it again with a paper towel. Use your dishwashing liquid and add it to water. A good ratio is one teaspoon of liquid to one quart of water. Put 3% hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Cover with paper towels. Put a heavyweight on the towels. Let it sit for about four hours. Remove the weights and towel. Allow drying for a day. Reapply if necessary.

Wax Stain

Scrape the wax off as much as possible. Cover the stain with brown paper. With a warm iron, press on the stain making sure it is not too hot to burn the carpet. Iron the stain until the wax transfers from the carpet onto the brown paper. Use fresh brown paper when necessary. This will probably require several applications.

Urine/ Feces/ Animal Stain

Remove any solid waste. Blot the stain and apply the water-dish washing liquid solution as mentioned above using a wet cotton cloth. Blot the excess liquid up as much as possible. Apply a solution of one part household ammonia and one part water on the stain or use a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water. Blot with paper towels. Repeat as necessary. If the pet returns and resoils the area use a commercial product made to remove pet stains. It also removes the odor of the urine.