How to Remove Common Carpet Stains




Are you wondering how to remove common carpet stains? The friendly folks at Steam Wave Carpet & Upholstery Care in metro Dallas offer this great resource. Accidents and spills are part of daily life, but you don’t have to worry if it happens to you. All is not lost with these great tips on how to remove common carpet stains.


Kool-Aid may be a favorite drink for your little ones, but it is a parent’s nightmare if any of the brightly colored flavors end up splattered on your carpet. You don’t have to give up entirely, though, even with white carpet because there are several good ways to get it out.

The first rule of thumb, blot up the excess liquid with a white cloth and never scrub or rub as you could grind the stain more firmly into the carpet. Mix ¼ white vinegar with 1 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle with water. Thoroughly soak the area with this mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Blot up the liquid with your cloth.

You may have to repeat a couple of times to get all signs of color out of the carpet. For particularly stubborn stains you can try a commercial stain remover in addition to the vinegar mixture but always test on a small, unobtrusive area of carpet first to ensure it doesn’t damage it. If all else fails, contact Steamwave Carpet & Upholstery Care for help and a deep cleaning.

Pet Stains

Furry friends can sometimes have accidents where they shouldn’t and while the initial mess is usually easy to clean, sometimes the odor left behind is a bit more stubborn. You can try ¼ vinegar mixed with water. Soak the spot and blot up the liquid. Again, you might need to do it a few times. You can also try with laundry detergent and water for especially stubborn spots. Just always be sure to blot up the water and don’t rub to grind the pet stain in any further.

Coffee Stains

Coffee leaves behind an ugly stain that no one wants in their carpet. Just like with the other types, start blotting up the liquid with a white towel as quickly as possible. Make sure to switch to a fresh towel if it gets soaked because you could spread the color even further by reusing the same towel.

Once you get the liquid up, you can try vinegar and water with a bit of non-bleach detergent in the manner that we’ve already described. You can also use commercial products specifically manufactured for coffee stains but always do a spot test first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage your carpet.

Of course, if these tips on how to remove common carpet stains don’t end up working as well as you’d like, or you have several stains that you want to get rid of, don’t hesitate to call the professionals here at Steam Wave Carpet & Upholstery Care in Denver. Having been in business since 1967, we have plenty of experience dealing with stubborn stains and dirty carpets. We will make sure that your carpet looks and smells super clean and get rid of any pesky stains that are stubbornly hanging around.