Tips and Tricks for Removing and Cleaning Carpet Stains

Tips and Tricks for Removing and Cleaning Carpet Stains

Paint, coffee, wine, or juice – regardless of the type of stain, it seems like carpets are magnets for mess. And, depending on the type of stain, different techniques are recommended for removal. While there are some basic carpet cleaning truths that should be employed (i.e. blot stains and rinse thoroughly with clean water and never scrub carpets as you may damage carpet fibres), specific stains will be cleaned using different tools or techniques. In this article, we’ll discuss water-soluble stains, fats and oils, and regular maintenance to keep your carpets looking their best.

Water-Soluble Stains

Some examples of water-soluble stains are:

  • Alcohol
  • Berries
  • Cola
  • Feces
  • Dye
  • Gravy
  • Milk
  • Mud
  • Wet or latex paint

For these types of stains, start with a cleaning solution of ¼ of a teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar with 32 ounces of water. Carefully blot the stain until it lifts and rinse with clean water. Dry the spot working from the outside toward the middle.
Some water-soluble stains will not clean easily with this method. Such stains include blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit, and wine. For these stains, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water (except if you are cleaning wool or wool-blend carpet when you want to mix mild detergent and water). If this cleaning solution fails, mix one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. Always test an inconspicuous area of carpet to make sure the carpet isn’t damaged – chlorine bleach solutions should only be used on solution-dyed carpets.

Fat, Oil, and Wax Stains

When it comes to fat, oil, and wax stains, simply place a paper towel over the spot and use a clothes iron on warm setting. This should lift the stain into the paper towel for easy removal.

Cigarette Burns

These stubborn stains can be a real hassle. However, they can often be removed by gently rubbing the pile with a dull knife or the edge of another hard, flat surface.


To remove glue, lightly moisten a cotton ball or cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently press it against the stain. As the glue becomes moistened, you should be able to wipe it off. Repeat this process until the glue stain is removed completely.

Wax and Gum

Another technique for wax that also works well for gum is to use an ice cube to freeze the wax or gum and then break it up with a large, hard object. Before the stain can soften again, vacuum it away.

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Regular Maintenance

Even if you are the luckiest homeowner and you’ve never suffered a carpet stain, the following tips will help you keep your carpet in optimal condition.

  • Vacuum your carpets weekly.
  • If you decide to steam-clean, make sure your equipment will allow the carpet to dry in 12 hours or less or you risk carpet damage.
  • Always use cleaning solutions with a pH of 10 or less and remove all detergent after cleaning.

If you still having problems, you might consider hiring a professional at AAA Miracle in Vancouver.  Here is why you should hire a professional carpet cleaner