5 Common Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

If you have carpet flooring in your home, chances are you will have to deal with an unwanted stain. No matter the culprit, it's important to know what to do right away so the stain doesn't become permanent. Below we have listed 5 common carpet stains along with an easy way to remove them. Because time is so critical when working with stains, each method only requires common household products.


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1. Pet Stains

What you need: paper towels, white vinegar, baking soda, water, cloth, and a spray bottle (optional)

  1. Blot dry with paper towels
  2. Mix 1 cup of warm water, 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  3. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the stain (no spray bottle? Slowly pour the mixture over the stain and make sure not to use too much)
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes
  5. Gently rub the stain with a cloth and blot dry

 

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2. Wine/Juice Stains

What you need: paper towels, baking soda, water, cloth, and a vacuum

  1. Blot the stain with paper towels and do not rub
  2. Apply a small amount of cold water and continue blotting with a cloth (do not spray)
  3. Repeat until no more of the stain will come out
  4. Make a paste with 3-parts baking soda and 1-part water
  5. Apply to stain and let dry
  6. Vacuum the dried paste slowly from each direction

 

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3. Dirt Stains

What you need: mild dishwashing detergent, water, two cloths, and a vacuum

  1. If wet, let dry
  2. Remove as much dirt as possible by vacuuming slowly from each direction
  3. Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent
  4. Apply mixture to stain with a white cloth
  5. Blot dry with second cloth
  6. Repeat until stain is gone

 

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4. Blood Stains

What you need: mild dish soap, water, two cloths, and a spray bottle (optional)

  1. Blot dry with paper towels
  2. Mix 1 cup of cold water with 1/4 teaspoon of mild dish soap
  3. Apply mixture to stain with a white cloth
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes
  5. Blot dry with second cloth and do not rub
  6. Spray area with cold water (or lightly pour), blot dry and repeat until stain is gone

 

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5. Coffee Stains

What you need: mild dish soap, white vinegar, water, two cloths, and a spray bottle (optional)

  1. Soak up the remaining moisture with paper towels
  2. Mix 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of mild dish soap and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  3. Apply mixture to stain with a white cloth
  4. Blot dry with second cloth and do not rub
  5. Spray area with cold water, blot dry and repeat until stain is gone

 

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