Removing common carpet stains

Most of the carpet stains you can successfully clean by using products that you can find around the house. Here are some simple tips on how to get rid of carpet spills and stains.

Before applying any of the below mentioned cleaning solutions be sure to blot the stain first. Work from the outside in to remove the excess liquid. Do not scrub, as this way the spill can soak through to the carpet pad or ruin the fibers.

Test the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous are first to make sure it does not damage or discolor the carpet.

Wine, juice, ketchup, soda, milk, beer, coffee, tea, ice cream, wet or latex paint

Spray the stain with a mixture of water and non-bleach detergent and use a dry white cloth to dab the stain. Then use another cloth dipped in white vinegar to dab the area. Finally, rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Let the carpet air dry and repeat until the stain is gone.

Butter, cheese, cooking oil, lipstick, lotion

Apply solvent to a dry cloth and blot. Spray the stain with detergent and blot with a dry cloth. Spray with lukewarm water and blot dry. Wait for the area to air dry and repeat the cleaning procedure if needed.

Dirt, mud

Dry dirt and vacuum to remove as much as possible. Spray the spot with detergent and blot dry. Spray with white vinegar and blot dry with a clean cloth. Repeat spraying with detergent and blotting. Finally, spray with lukewarm water and let the area dry.


Apply solvent to the spot and blot. Repeat if necessary and rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Let the area dry.

Wax and gum

Use ice to freeze the gum or wax and scrape it off with a plastic knife. Vacuum and blot the area.