Carpet Stain Removal Guide
By Steve Gillman
Carpet stain removal procedures are listed below for most
common carpet stains, with links to pages with more detailed
instructions. If you have a stain that's not on the list, follow
the procedures on the page, How
to Get Out Carpet Stains of All Types. We recommend that
you read that page first in any case, so you're familiar with
the general guidelines for carpet stain removal.
Acidic Substances: Strong acids are found in batteries,
some tile cleaning compounds, and some drain cleaners. Refer
to the page; How to Clean
Carpet Stains: Acids, for detailed removal instructions.
Bleach: Bleach stains on carpet can't be removed, since
the dye has actually been removed from the carpet. A carpet cleaner
that does dyeing can spot-dye the bleached area to match the
surrounding carpet. For more options see the following page:
Remove Bleach Stains.
Blood: Blood stains on carpet will come out if you
get to them quickly. Heat will set the stain, so use only cold
water with your cleaning solution. For complete instructions,
see the page; Blood Stain
Burns: See the page; Carpet
Burns - How to Repair Them. This covers genearl burns and
Chewing Gum: See the page; How
to Remove Chewing Gum From Carpet.
Coffee: Use carpet coffee stain removers sold at Walmart
and other stores. You can also try white vinegar. Heat the area
with a hot, wet cloth, dab with vinegar, rinse, extract, and
repeat. Dry the carpet well when you are done. More detailed
instructions can be found here: Coffee
Dye Stains: Dyes from medicines, foods, cosmetics,
crayons and other household products each react differently with
carpet. Try the procedures on; Get
Out Carpet Stains of All Types. If the stain is permanent,
it may be possible to hide it by spot-dyeing. Call a carpet cleaner
that does this. You can also find some options here: Dye
Fingernail Polish: Apply non-acetate fingernail polish
remover to a white cotton cloth and dab the area, working from
the edges towards the center. Leave it for a few minutes, then
blot it, rinse it, blot it, and repeat if necessary. For more
detailed instructions see: Removing
Nail Polish Stains on Carpet.
Ink: See the page; How
to Remove Ink Stains From Carpet.
Kool Aid: See the page; Kool
Mustard: Depending on the type of mustard, it may be
necessary to cut out the stain and insert an undamaged piece
of carpet. Try general cleaning procedures first. See: Remove
Old Stains: If you have tried some of the procedures
here with no luck, you might need professional help. You can
also check out the page: What
to Do About a Permanent Stain.
Red Stains: See the page; Kool
Aid and Other Red Stains.
Red Wine: Extract the remaining liquid (blot or vacuum).
Apply white wine. This recreates the initial conditions, especially
on old stains, making it easier to remove. Extract and repeat,
or do this in conjunction with a commercial spot cleaner. Rinse
well and dry the carpet quickly. Also see Wine
Stains on Carpet.
Rust: If it's a fresh stain, try general cleaning procedures.
Professionals can remove most rust stains, but the chemicals
used can be hazardous for casual use. Also see: How
to Remove Rust Stains.
Urine: See the page; How
to Get a Urine Stain Out of Carpet.
Wax: See the page;
How to Get Candle Wax Out of Carpet.
More Carpet Stain Removal Pages:
Get Crayon Out of Carpet
- Some techniques to try.
How to Get Gravy Stains Out -
Two methods that will work most of the time.
Get Glue Out of Carpet
- And what to do when you can't...
How to Get Odor Out of
Carpet - From the simple to the professional ways...
How to Remove a Stain
- Our first video tutorial can be found here.
How to Clean Rugs - Specific
procedures for synthetic and wool rugs.
What to do About a Permanent Stain
- Diminishing it and hiding it - and which are permanent.
How to Remove Asphalt Stains
- Fresh and old stains are covered.
Get Beer Stains Out of Carpet
- And get the odor out as well.
How to Remove Berry Stains -
The basic procedure and what to do if it doesn't work.
Get Candy Out of Carpet - And what to
do if you can't get the whole stain out.
Remove Ketchup Stains - Follow
these instructions to get that stain out fast.
Cheese Stains - Remove the satin
and the odors.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains
- This is a tough one, but not impossible.
Removing Dirt Stains - The most
common of stains...
Removing Egg Stains - Both the
raw egg spills and greasy cooked egg stains.
Removing Poop Stains From Carpet
- Not a pleasant thought, but here's how it's done.
Remove Fruit Juice Stains
- Blot them up quickly and then do this...
Removing Mayonnaise Stains
- Fresh spills and dried stains.
Removing Makeup Stains From Carpet
- The basic formula for getting them out.
Removing Milk Stains - Removing
the possible odors as well.
Removing Drink Stains - Mixed
drinks, soda and more.
How to Remove Paint Stains From Carpet
- Both latex and acrylic.
Remove Perfume Stains - And
limit the damage to carpet fibers.
How to Remove Rubber Cement
- Make it disappear.
How to Remove Soot Stains - Large
and small problems.
How to Remove Soy Sauce Stains
- Not as tough as you think.
Tar Stains on Carpet - They are
not always permanent.
Remove Tea Stains From Carpet -
Several things to try.
Removing Toothpaste Stains
- Fresh and dried ones.
Removing Vomit Stains From Carpet
- Get out the stain and odor.
Removing Watercolor Stains
- For artists and parents.
Remove Dog Urine - Step-by-step
process and a few tips.
Get Playdough Out of Carpet - The
basic procedure and an alternative.
Carpet stain removal for other types of stains not listed
here may be accomplished using the general procedures found on
the page; How to Get Out
Carpet Stains of All Types.