30 May 2017
So, you spill a red drink or your pet has an accident. What should you do next to ensure that you don’t have a stain? The carpet cleaning pros at Fire Dawgs Cleaning Services are here to help! We share Carpet Stain Removal Tips in this post. Below are the steps you should take when an accident occurs to ensure your spot doesn’t become a permanent stain!
Carpet Stain Removal Tips: Do’s and Don’ts
- Blot and Dry: The area where a stain has occurred is actually called a “spot” until it has dried and set. So, the most important first step for stain removal is to blot and dry the spot immediately. Make sure you work from the outside in and use a clean, dry towel. Next, rinse with clean water and keep blotting. Try to blot until the area is almost dry.
- Don’t Scrub: DO NOT vigorously scrub the carpet when you’ve had an accident. Scrubbing can embed the stain into your carpet fibers and ruin them. Additionally, scrubbing can force the stain into your carpet pad.
- Do Not Apply Over-the-Counter Products: Stain removal is chemistry. Applying any old products you have on hand can make the stain worse. Below is a list of water soluble stains that you can treat with a mixture of water and vinegar. We also share carpet stain removal tips specifically for Red Stains here: Red Stain Removal.
For these stains, follow the steps above, and apply a mixture of water and vinegar.
- Just mix 1/4-1/2 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle with water. Vinegar is super acidic and the super hero of stain removal. Apply it, but make sure you don’t rub it in.
- Next, you let the vinegar and water mixture sit for at lest 5-10 minutes.
- Blot again and again with a dry towel. Work your way from the outside in, and keep going until the area is dry. You should be pulling the stain up on your clean towel.
- Below is a list of water-soluble stains you can use this mixture on:
A List of Water-Soluable Stains
- mud and dirt
- pop (aka cola)
- excrement and pet stains
- wet paint
- alcoholic beverages
- ice cream
- food dyes
Special Water-Soluble Stains Treatable with Ammonia
These stains can be treated with a mixture of a tablespoon of ammonia and 1 cup of water. DO NOT use this mixture on wool carpet. Follow the steps above for these stains:
Removing Ink Stains from Carpet
Here’s another common stain: ink. We figured no list of carpet stain removal tips would be complete without mentioning ink.
- Apply Alcohol: Highly moisten the ink stain with rubbing alcohol or non-oily hairspray. That’s right. Hairspray. Did your grandma ever tell you to use hairspray on any ink stain? Well, she was right! The alcohol in the hairspray helps remove the ink stain.
- Blot and Blot: Blot (and blot) the stain until its dry. You should see the ink transfer to your clean, dry towel. Keep blotting until the ink is gone.
- Apply Water: Use a clean towel to dab the area with lukewarm water. Blot until dry.
Final Words on Our Carpet Stain Removal Tips
We hope our carpet stain removal tips help keep your spots from becoming permanent stains! We cannot guarantee that all the tips and remedies above will work, but they should be first steps before having to call professional carpet cleaners like Fire Dawgs. Feel free to comment with questions, or give us a call at 317-291-3294 or email [email protected] We are always here to help!
More carpet stain removal tips from the Carpet and Rug Institute can be found here: Cleaning Spots and Spills