Cleaning Stains Off Carpet (How To)
Chad Madill - The Clean Boot - Wednesday, 07 July 2019

Dirty Boot Trails on Carpet

Ouch! Whether it’s a red wine, a Monet from your toddler or pet urine, it’s made an appearance on your carpet. Thinking about contacting a professional cleaning company? Wait… DIY with these simple yet proven tips to for cleaning stains off of your carpet clear all sorts of stains from your carpet:

Beer is a Blessing

Getting that undesired tea or coffee stain out of your expensive carpet may look like an impossible task. But, by pouring some beer directly on the affected area, it will make the stain disappear like magic. Just make sure to lightly rub the surface to see faster results.

Note – You may have to repeat this process more than once if there are some traces of the stain left after the first time cleaning.


When it comes to housecleaning, vinegar is certainly one ingredient that outperforms all other cleaning agents. The best part? It’s always in the pantry.

For light stains, combine 1 cup of vinegar with 2 tablespoons of table salt. Rub on the affected area and wipe off with a cloth.

For darker stains, replace salt with borax, apply on the stain and wipe off. If stains are tough and deep, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Make a paste and rub it over the affected area with the help of a dry cloth. Let it rest for 2 to 3 days and vacuum.

To get rid of spilled paint stains and juice spills, combine some vinegar with laundry detergent, add some water and rub with the help of a sponge. Rinse with cold water.

Blot stain with vinegar and water if there are tea or coffee stains on your carpet.

Shaving Cream is a Savior

For tough stains like oil or grease, squirt some shaving cream on a wet, clean sponge. Blot the stain and wipe away with another damp sponge. You can also use the same process if your little one has accidentally spilled some juice on your favorite rug.


Not only does salt enhance the flavor of your food, but it also holds the potential to help you remove deep down carpet stains. Stay calm if you’ve spilled red wine on your off-white carpet. Before wine dries, pour white wine on the stain to dilute the stubborn red hue. Do the final clean up with the help of a sponge and water. Sprinkle some salt, let it rest for 15 minutes, then vacuum.

To remove tough oily stains from your carpet, combine salt with rubbing alcohol in 1:4 and apply it with the help of a sponge. Wipe off with a clean cloth.

In the case of a ketchup spill, simply sprinkle some plain salt on top, let it sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum. Again, you may need to repeat this process multiple times until the stain is completely removed.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is our favorite ingredient that can be used in a variety of difficult house cleaning situations. If you have pets at home, you should regularly clean your carpet with baking soda. It not only helps in the removal of stains but also acts as a disinfectant. Just vacuum your carpet and sprinkle baking soda on the affected area. With the help of a paper towel, pat the surface gently. Use a vacuum to thoroughly clean the area. Apart from pet urine stains, baking soda can also be used to wipe off oil or grease stains. Sprinkle some baking soda on the affected area and rub with the help of a brush. Leave for 5-6 hours and then vacuum.

Million Dollar Tips

  • Use baby wipes to blot stains from your carpet
  • Instead of harsh metal or plastic brushes, use a toothbrush to rub the stained surfaces
  • In case of wet stains, use club soda and blot dry
  • For any type of mystery stain, use hydrogen per oxide and cream of tartar mixture. Also, add some gel toothpaste for better results
  • Use ice cubes to remove chewing gum from the carpets

There you have it. With these simple yet amazingly effective tips, you can make your stained carpet look brand new.

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