7 Common Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

Carpet stains are the enemy of white carpets. Red wine especially, leaves its mark if not dealt with swiftly. Whether you rent or own, stains are a costly mistake either needing professional carpet steam cleaning or a whole new carpet in some cases.

But don’t give up hope just yet. While dark stains like red wine and blood, can seem impossible to get out of light carpets, if you use the right techniques before the stain sets, you can get your carpet looking fresh again. To help you with your carpet cleaning in Brisbane, take a look at these seven common carpet stains and how to remove them.

  1. Blood

If a family member or pet has dripped blood on the carpet, first spray the blotch with cold water. Next, mix dish detergent with cold water and apply to the stain. Dab dry with a clean cloth and repeat until gone.

  1. Red Wine

Dancing round the front room, red wine in hand was great fun until it spilled onto your white carpet, right! While it is a tough stain to remove, if you act fast, it is easier to remove. If you have tonic water, pour it directly over the red wine stain, where it will start to bubble.

This breaks the stain up before it sets. Dab the tonic water away with a dry cloth. Next, spray a solution of vinegar and water and blot again until dry. Finally, sprinkle with baking soda and leave for an hour until you vacuum.

  1. Coffee

Soak up a coffee spill with paper towels. Spray the stain with your water/vinegar solution and allow to sit for a while. Blot the area again with dry paper towels or a cloth and sprinkle with baking soda. Leave overnight if you can and vacuum in the morning.

  1. Ink

The best way to treat an ink stain on the carpet is to pour a little rubbing alcohol onto the spot. Other solutions which work well are; nail polish remover or fine hair spray. Leave the solution to sit for one hour and dab up with a dry cloth.

  1. Chocolate

Chocolate is relatively easy to remove from a carpet. Freeze the stain first with ice cubes and once hardened, you can chip the chocolate shards away. If the chocolate has set into the carpet, spray with a mix of water and dishwashing liquid. Let it sit for a few minutes and then dab away.

  1. Pet stains

Scoop up as much pet mess as you can and blot any urine with dry paper towels. Mix a solution of water and dishwashing liquid and spray onto the stain. Let the solution sit for a few seconds and blot dry with a clean towel. Next, spray a vinegar/water solution onto the stain, leave and blot dry. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and vacuum up to minimise any remaining odour.

  1. Gum

This is not a stain, but gum can be a messy hazard for your fluffy carpets. Freeze the gum by putting a bag filled with ice over the top and letting it sit. If you don’t have ice, spray the gum with hairspray. Once hardened, pick off carefully and your carpet should be saved.