How To Get The Worst Carpet Stains Out

Wine spill on a wool carpetCarpet is in so many buildings, home or commercial. While it can add some great character to any room, the upkeep can be frustrating. Unlike stone or wood floors, carpet stains quickly and captures many foreign particles. So, if you’re going to keep your space looking its best and cleanest, you’ll want to learn some tips and keep them in your back pocket for the next tragedy.


In this article we’ll be looking at how to remove stains from food, drink, oil, and grease stains.


Food And Drink On Synthetic-Fiber Carpets

If you’ve ever spilled items such as wine, ketchup, coffee, Gatorade, milk, or beer, then these tips are for you!


  1. Take a white cloth and dip into some detergent solution. Then dab the stained area repeatedly. Finally, press for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes and then soak up extra liquid with a dry white cloth.
  2. Repeat step 1 but with vinegar solution. Do not soak up vinegar.
  3. Rinse with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water and wait for an hour or until carpet dries.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 if stain is not out and you see progression.


Food And Drink On Natural Fiber Rugs

Here’s what to do for beer, coffee, and tea:

  1. Spray the stain with detergent and blot dry with a white cloth.
  2. Repeat step 1 with vinegar.
  3. Repeat step 1.
  4. Repeat step 1 with lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until stain is removed.


For chocolate, juice, wine, soda, milk, and hard candy, repeat these steps but before step 2, spray with ammonia solution and blot dry.


For ketchup, Gatorade, tomato sauce, and Kool-Aid, instead of using vinegar in step 2, use ammonia solution.


Oil And Grease On Synthetic Fiber Rugs 

If you tend to eat anything with butter, dressing, cheese, or cooking oil in general, then these are for you. Also, these steps are useful for crayons, lotion, makeup, and nail polish.


  1. Dip a white cloth in a small amount of solvent solution, then dab multiple times, and press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds.
  2. Rinse by soaking white cloth in lukewarm water and dabbing the stain.
  3. Continue after carpet dries if stain is getting lighter.


Oil And Grease On Natural Fiber Rugs 

The process is a little different with natural fiber:

  1. Dip a white cloth in a small amount of solvent solution, and blot a few times.
  2. Spray area with detergent solution, and blot with a dry white cloth.
  3. Spray with lukewarm water, and blot with dry white cloth.
  4. Wait until carpet dries and continue if stain is getting lighter.


There you have it! A simple and effective way to get some of the worst household stains out of your carpet. Make sure you keep these tips handy, because you don’t know when the next stain will strike!


Keep your carpets beautiful! Good luck!