The big DIY guide to carpet stain removal!
The last thing you want to see on your brand new carpet is a stain you’ll be stuck with for the next 10 years. For most stains, you have to get there fast to minimise the damage. We’ll take a deep dive into common types of stains and spills, and how to clean them up!
Last Updated: 15/08/2023
Many household carpet stains can be cleaned with products that you’ll probably already have like dishwashing soap, vinegar, and baking soda.
Water soluble stains such as drinks respond well to detergent-based cleaners. For these, simply mix 1 tablespoon of washing-up liquid with around 500ml of water, which you can blot or spray onto a soiled area.
For more stubborn stains, using ammonia or vinegar is best. These are both effective cleaning agents that break down grease, while the acid dissolves many other stains like wine. If you have pets or children, or you don’t have good ventilation, then we would recommend trying vinegar first as it is less hazardous. Vinegar will often need to be diluted to use a cleaner, but how much will depend on the type of vinegar used and how bad the stain is.
Accidents happen to people too, and the last thing you want to be dealing with when you have an injury is worrying about the carpet. Here’s how to get blood out of a carpet:
The important thing to note about cleaning up blood stains is to always use cold water. If you use warm water on blood, it will clot quicker and become tacky.
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Act fast and blot with either kitchen roll or a cotton towel. When it stops transferring to the kitchen roll or towel, pour a small amount of cold water on to the area. Keep blotting until it stops transferring again. If the stain is persisting, dilute some white vinegar 1:1 with cold water, and add a small amount onto the stain. Then blot, and rinse and repeat til it’s gone.
(Vinegar can stain a carpet itself, make sure you dilute it and try it on an unseen area first!)
If the chocolate’s dry, take a butter knife and gently scrape at it to remove as much as possible. If it’s melted then blot the chocolate with cold water to help it solidify. This stops the spread and makes it easier to remove. Use small circular motions to remove the stain, and brush with a soft brush if needed. Let it dry and try then hoover any last little bits that might remain.
Act very fast – grab a cloth, paper towel or anything absorbent thing you can quickly get your hands on and blot it as much as you can. Any wine you can get up is wine you don’t have to remove later. When you’ve got as much as you can from blotting, pour some cold water on to dilute it and blot away again. Remember, do not rub the carpet, only blot!
Next make a paste of baking soda by mixing 3:1 water to soda. Apply this to the stain. Once the paste is dry, vacuum it.
If the paste doesn’t work, try using two cups of warm water mixed with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of washing up liquid.
Give the mud time to dry. It’s easier to remove dry mud than wet, and removing wet mud can just make the stained area bigger or worse.
Vacuum the area thoroughly, then apply a carpet shampoo to a white cloth and blog the area. Keep going until it stops transferring to the cloth.
Apply a spot remover using one of the recipes above, and blot the carpet. Repeat this til the stain’s gone. Dry the area with a cloth or paper towel and then use a soft brush over the carpet to align the pile again!
An ice pack can be used to remove candle wax from carpet. Use it to freeze the wax which will then make it brittle. In order to remove the pieces of wax, gently break them up and then vacuum them up. In order to remove the stain, use a carpet cleaner, following the manufacturer’s instructions, or you can use a white cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. The area should be blotted to ensure that it is dry.
It is important that you peel away as much gum as possible. Place a resealable plastic bag containing ice cubes over the remaining gum and allow it to harden like you can with candle wax. With a dull knife or spoon, you can chip away the gum with ease. Following the instructions on the label of your carpet cleaner, vacuum the carpet and clean any lingering stains with a dry-solvent carpet cleaner.
We hope you never should have to use these methods, but if a time comes where you’ve got a spill on your hands, we hope it helps!
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