Carpet and Rug Stain Removal

No carpet is stain proof. However many are treated to be stain resistant which gives you time to act. Remember, with spot and stain removal, speed is of essence. Immediately after a stain or spill occurs, solids should be scooped up and liquids blotted as quickly as possible. Absorb as much liquid as possible with a paper towel, etc., replacing as they become saturated. Never use a scrubbing motion. Blot instead to prevent the carpet surface from fuzzing.

For effective spot cleaning, you’ll need the following items. The item numbers are keyed to the stain – and all should be used in the recommended sequence. Some stains may require professional cleaning, depending on the age of the stain.

  1. Cold Water
  2. Detergent Solution. Mix one teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid with a cup of warm (not hot) water.
  3. Ammonia Solution. Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup of water.
  4. Solvent. A dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores).
  5. Ice. Chill with ice cubes in a plastic bag. Shatter residue, pick or scrape off and vacuum.
  6. Vinegar Solution. Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.
  7. Warm Water (not hot)
  8. Clear nail polish remover (preferably acetone)
  9. Alcohol or Methylated Spirits Mineral Turpentine
  10. Rust Remover
  11. Absorbent Powder (e.g., salt, talc or proprietary absorbent powders)
  12. Absorbent Cleaners (e.g., Host)
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Alcoholic Beverages
1
2
Bleach
1
3
Blood
1
2
Butter
4
2
Candle Wax
5
4
Chewing Gum
5
4
Chocolate
2
3
6
Coffee
1
2
4
Colas and soft drinks
7
2
Cooking Oils
4
2
Cream
2
4
Egg
2
Felt tip pen
7
2
8
Floor wax
4
Fruit Juice
1
2
Furniture polish
4
2
3
Gravy and sauces
7
2
Ink (fountain pen)
1
2
Ink (ball point)
4
9
2
Ketchup
7
2
Lipstick
4
2
Mercurochrome
2
3
6
Milk
7
4
2
Mustard
2
Nail Polish
8
4
Oil and Grease
4
2
Paint (latex)
2
3
4
Paint (oil)
9
4
2
Rust
4
2
10
Salad Dressing
2
4
Shoe Polish&
4
2
Soot
4
2
3
Tar
4
Tea
1
2
4
Urine (fresh)
1
2
Urine (old)
2
3
6
Vomit
2
Wine
11
1
2
Unknown material
4
12
2