Common Stains

Here are some of the most common spots, spills, and stains, along with tips for effective ways to remove them.

Lipstick – Try to scrape as much as you can off, but be careful of spreading. Use ice to harden the stain if needed. Ammonia can remove the stain if it’s a dark color.

Candy – If you have children, it is likely that this will happen one day. Start with a spotter brush or butter knife to scrape some of it up, and then progress to a sponge with mild soap and water. Make sure all sugar is out of the carpet or it can attract dirt and particles. Blot dry with a towel.

Mildew – Begin with a dry brush, and be prepared to take time to remove all of it. With a clean sponge, apply a disinfectant and then follow up with some ammonia. Lastly, use some hydrogen peroxide on the mildew spot. Keep checking back over the next few days to be sure the mildew has not returned.

Chocolate – If it is solid, simply scrape it off; if it is liquid, you need to blot it out. If a stain begins to form, use mild soap and hydrogen peroxide.

Oil – Apply dry cleaning solvent to the area, working from the outside of the spot inward to avoid leaving a ring. Afterward, use mild soap and water to be sure you got everything.

Soda- It’s important to blot up soda spills as soon as they occur using mild soap and water. If a stain remains once the area dries, apply glycerin for half an hour, then rinse with warm water.

Mud- It’s crucial to allow this to dry before you try to clean it up. First, use a brush to crumble it so that you can vacuum it up. If there is a stain left behind, you can use either ammonia or a dry cleaning solvent to get rid of it.

Mustard/Ketchup – Try to blot out as much as you can before applying mild soap and water. For the stain, apply rust remover or hydrogen peroxide. Avoid ammonia for this type of stain.

Coffee – Time is of the essence when preventing coffee stains. Immediately use mild soap and water to blot it out, and clean up what’s left over with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

Crayon – Since crayon is made of wax, it’s important to harden the spot with ice before trying to remove it. Otherwise, the color will spread into a much bigger stain. Once hard, it should be easy to remove with your hands. Use a dry cleaning solvent to catch any leftovers.

Grass – Try to blot it out with mild soap and water first, but if this doesn’t work, you can use ammonia or vinegar.

Alcohol/Wine – Blot this up with soap and water and then blot it with a mixture of water and vinegar. If the stain was colored, like red wine, use hydrogen peroxide. These stains can be stubborn, so you might have to repeat the process a few times.

Tip: If you are unsure if a chemical will harm your carpet, test it in a hidden, low-traffic spot before using it on the stain.