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How to Remove Carpet Stains

November 20th, 2012 - 7:57 AM

When moving in or out, you may come across some carpet stains. If you are moving out, you may need to leave your apartment clean to get your deposit back. If you are moving into a home, there may be stains from the previous owner. No worries! We can help you figure out how to remove the stain in a breeze!

You will need to first identify the stain (if possible). There are a few types of stains:

  • Water-soluble stains (like cola, alcoholic beverages, milk, or pet stains)
  • “Special” stains (blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit, wine)
  • Fat, oil and wax-based stains (wax, gum, oils)

Then, use the proper cleaning method for the stain.

  • Water soluble stains can be cleaned with simple carpet cleaner, or a solution of non-bleach detergent mixed with water (1/4 teaspoon detergent to 32 ounces of water). Soak the stain, and then press with a clean rag to soak up the stain.
  • “Special” stains are a little harder to clean. You will need ammonia to clean them. Mix 1 tablespoon ammonia with 1 cup water, and soak the stain. Then soak up the stain by blotting with a rag.
  • For fat and wax-based stains, you can top the stain with a paper towel, then iron over it with a warm iron. The wax should stick to the paper and lift up easily. For glue stains, rubbing it with rubbing alcohol should do the trick. For gum, use ice to freeze it, then shatter it with a spoon. Then vacuum the pieces up.
  • For information on fresh spills, check out our article about removing carpet stains.

Whether they are fresh or set in, now you know how to remove carpet stains easily. Do you know of any other “home remedies” for carpet stain removal? Give us your secrets in the comments.