Carpet Stain Removal Cleaning Methods

Use this handy guide on how to best treat a wide range of carpet stains. If you are unable to completely remove the carpet stain, contact a carpet cleaning specialist for a professional carpet cleaning service.

Following are carpet stain removal cleaning methods:

  1. Dry Cleaning Fluid — A nonflammable spot removal liquid available in grocery and hardware stores.
  2. Nail Polish Remover — Amyl Acetate – often has a banana fragrance. Do not use if it contains acetone.
  3. Detergent Solution — Mix 2 cups water and 2 teaspoons mild liquid detergent (no lanolin, non-bleach).
  4. Warm Water — Lukewarm tap water.
  5. Vinegar Solution — One cup WHITE vinegar to two cups water.
  6. Ammonia Solution — Two tablespoons household ammonia to one cup water.
  7. Spot Removal Kit — Available from retail carpet stores or professional cleaners.
  8. Vacuum Clean

Below are common carpet stains and how best to address them:

TYPE OF  CARPET STAIN BEST METHOD
Acid 6, 4, 8
Acne Medication 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 8
Alcoholic Beverage 3, 6, 5, 4, 8
Bleach 3, 4, 8
Blood 6, 3, 4 (cold), 7, 8
Butter 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 8
Candle Wax 1, 8
Catsup 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Cement/Concrete 1, 3, 4, 8
Chalk 9, 3, 8
Charcoal 9, 3, 8
Chewing Gum Freeze with ice, chip away, then 1, 8
Coffee/Tea 3, 5, 4, 7, 8
Cosmetics 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Crayon Freeze with ice, chip away, then 1, 3, 8
Drain/Toilet Cleaner 3, 4, 1, 8
Food 3, 6, 4, 8
Fungicides Insecticides/Pesticides 3, 4, 1, 8
Furniture Polish (Water Base) 3, 4, 1, 6, 7, 8
Furniture Polish (Solvent Base) 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Furniture Stain 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Graphite 9, 3, 4, 8
Grease 1, 3, 4, 8
Ink 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Iodine 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 8
Lipstick 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Medicine 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Mud 3, 4, 8
Nail Polish 2, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Oil 1, 3, 8
Paint, oil base 2, 1, 3, 6, 4, 7, 8
Plant Food 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Rust 5, 3, 4, 7, 8
Shoe Polish 2, 1, 3, 6, 4, 7, 8
Soft Drinks 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Tar 1, 7, 8
Toothpaste 3, 5, 6, 4, 8
Urine, wet 3, 6, 5, 4, 8
Urine, dry 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Vomit 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8