Carpet Stain Removal Guide

Acidic Substance




Chewing Gum


Dye Stains

Fingernail Polish


Kool Aid


Red Wine



Urine Smell


Get water and flush the area. Extract the water (blot it up), the flush the area again. Repeat the process several times. After cleaning the carpet with water, prepare a solution of one tablespoon baking soda mixed with a quart of warm water. Apply this to the area with a cloth. This will neutralize any remaining acid. Then you can rinse the area again, extract the water, and dry the carpet quickly.

Bleach stains on carpet cannot be removed, since the dye has actually been removed from the carpet

1. Rinse and extract the blood with cold water. Use just a little at a time, so you do not spread the stain. Hot water will set the stain, possibly making it permanent, so use cold water only. Just add water, then blot it up with a clean white cloth or white paper towels.
2. Try to remove the remaining stain with a solution of a few drops of Dawn dish washing detergent in a cup of cold water. Work it into the blood stain, but be careful not to spread the stain or rub so hard that you damage the carpet fibers. Damaged fibers hold stains.
3. Repeat as many times as is necessary, or until there is no more transfer of the stain from the carpet to the cloth or paper towels. Blot up excess water when you are done.
4. If you have a fan, leave the fan blowing on the area to dry it quickly. Otherwise set a stack of paper towels (white) on the stained area, or a couple clean white cotton cloths, and put something heavy on them. Leave this to blot up the remaining liquid, replacing the cloth or paper towels if necessary. Fast drying assures you that any remaining stain deeper in the carpet does not "wick up" to the surface and become visible again.

Carefully clip off the blackened ends of the carpet fibers until no burn is visible. Then, if necessary, you can trim the tufts around the spot, shortening them slightly, so the remaining depression blends into the surrounding carpet. Otherwise, clip some fibers from some hidden spot which has the same carpet, like the corner of a closet, or behind a door. If you take just a small piece from several different locations, it will likely be entirely unnoticeable. Put a small gob of waterproof glue into the burn hole and, using tweezers, push the new carpet fibers into place until the hole is full. Cover the pot with a clean white cloth or paper towel and place something heavy on it. Let it dry for a few hours. Afterwards you can trim the fibers if any are sticking up above the level of the surrounding carpet

Heat the gum (electric hair dryer), being careful not to melt the carpet fibers. Use a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag to lift the softened gum away. Just allow it to stick to the plastic, then pull it up. Next, apply Extra Strength Ben Gay, or another muscle rub containing methyl salicylate. Use plastic again, or a rag to pull more gum out. Repeat if necessary. Once you completely remove the chewing gum from the carpet, clean the area with a mild detergent solution (a few drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water will work). Rinse with warm water and dry the area.

Heat the area with a hot, wet cloth, dab with white vinegar, rinse, extract, and repeat. Dry the carpet will when you are done.

If the stain is permanent, it may be possible to hide it by spot-dyeing. Ca;; a carpet cleaner that does this.

Apply non-acetate fingernail polish remover to a white cotton cloth and dab the area, working from the edges towards the center. Leave it for a few minutes, then blot it, rinse it, blot it, and repeat if necessary.

Use 90% isopropyl alcohol, apply it to a white cotton cloth and dab the stain carefully, so you do not spread the ink. Use a cloth, blot carefully. Do not rub! Repeat the process until you remove the stains from the carpet, or until you get no more transfer to the cloth.

Dawn dish washing detergent - the original blue type. Put five drops in two cups of warm water. Moisten a white cotton cloth with the solution and lay it over the stain. Place a cloths iron on it, set on low. Leave this for fifteen minutes. Don't press down. The stain should begin to wick up into the cloth. You'll see red on the cloth. Fold it to a clean part or use a new cloth, and repeat the process

Depending on the type of mustard, it may be necessary to cut out the stain and insert an undamaged piece of carpet. Try general cleaning procedures first. 

Extract the remaining liquid (blot or vacuum). Apply white wine. This recreates the initial conditions, especially on old stains, making it easier to extract. Extract and repeat, or do this in conjunction with a commercial spot cleaner. Rinse well and dry the carpet quickly

If it is a fresh stain, try general cleaning procedures. Professionals can remove almost all rust stains, but the chemicals used are somewhat hazardous for casual use.

Blot with paper towels or a clean white cotton cloth. Then, whether the stain is new or old, cat urine, dog urine, or pet urine of any kind, do the following: Make a solution of 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish washing detergent in a cup of warm water. on't use laundry detergent, automatic dish washing detergent, or dish soap with lanolin or bleach in it. Spray or carefully spread the solution over the area affected. Extract the solution using a plain white paper towel, or a white cotton cloth. Rinse the area with warm water, extract, then apply the detergent solution again. Repeat as long as there is improvement in the pet stains. Then apply a solution of two tablespoons ammonia in a cup of water. Rinse, extract, and repeat. Blot or use a shop-vac until most of the moisture is out. Lightly apply a solution of one cup white vinegar in two cups water. Rinse and extract. Dry the carpet completely by putting a layer of white paper towels over the spot and weighing them down with something that wont stain if it gets wet. Change paper towels until carpet is dry.

A professional carpet cleaner, with a truck mount hot water extraction unit, may be able to clean deeper than you can. In some cases, you will need to replace the carpet, the pad, and even seal the floorboards to prevent the odor from coming back.

Scrape as much of the wax out of the carpet as you can with a spoon. Then put an ice cub on the wax to freeze it. Leave it there for a minute. The wax should harden enough to break it up and get more out. Now, get the rest of the candle wax out of the carpet, put a brown paper bag over the spot, and place a clothes iron on it, set on low. The wax will liquefy and transfer to the paper. Apply a new paper bag as often as necessary until you get out all of the wax. Thus may take a little time. Using a white cloth or a plain white paper towel wet with the alcohol, dab at the area. Repeat this with a fresh towel until you get no more transfer of wax or dyes to the towel.