No matter how careful you are to keep spills and stains from messing up your carpets, accidents are an inevitable part of life. When mishaps occur, you’ll undoubtedly want to exercise as much damage control as you possibly can in order to keep your carpets looking their best!

Take a look at these 10 proven ways to remove stains in the carpet for a head start on dealing with pesky stains that might compromise the look of your room.

1. Respond and mop up excess mess immediately!

The first and arguably most critical step in dealing with carpet stains is to take action immediately. If you spill a drink, use towels or napkins to soak up the liquid right away, before it has the chance to settle into your carpet fibers.

Blot inwards from the outside of the spill to keep it from spreading--never rub, since this can work the mess deeper into the carpets or even damage the fibers. For solid spills like food, use a spoon or butter knife to scrape up the bulk of the mess before it gets the chance to dry and harden.

2. Dilute the mess with water.

Once you’ve absorbed away any excess mess, use a wet cloth to help lessen the potential for the stain to set even further. Avoid getting too much water into the carpet, since that can damage the backing and possibly even decrease its durability.

Your carpet has already gotten wet as a result of the original accident, so take care not to exacerbate the problem by soaking it. Alternate between blotting with a wet cloth and a dry one for best results.

3. Use a stain removing solution for stubborn spills.

If you’re concerned that water won’t be enough to help clean up the mess at hand, then you can bring out the big guns in the form of a good cleaning solution. There are plenty of commercial carpet cleaners available that are specifically formulated to deal with stubborn spills, but you can take the DIY approach as well.

A homemade stain-fighting solution of ¼ teaspoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and 1 quart of warm water will do nicely when allowed to sit on the stain for around 10 minutes.

4. Fight grease with baking soda.

If you get a grease or oil spill on your carpets, then sprinkle baking soda on top of the stained area without rubbing it in and let it sit for at least an hour or two. The baking soda will absorb the grease, allowing you to vacuum it away with ease.

People have had similar luck using this same method with salt and cornstarch as well, in case you don’t have baking soda on hand.

5. Tried-and-True carpet shampoo.

Once you’ve treated your particular type of carpet stain appropriately, then it’s always a good idea to follow up with some standard carpet cleaning shampoo. These are specifically formulated for carpet fibers, so they’ll do a better job at loosening grime without roughing up your carpet fibers than the dish soap or alternative substances that you used for spot cleaning.

Make sure you refer to the bottle for instructions on using your carpet shampoo properly, since these will vary between products.

6. Use enzyme cleaners for pet-related stains.

No matter how thoroughly you train your pet, sometimes accidents happen--and unfortunately, once a urine stain sets in carpet, the smell will remain and encourage pets to go there again in the future.

To keep this from becoming an issue, begin by blotting up the puddle like you would any other mess. Follow up by cleaning with a carpet shampoo that has enzymes specifically for the purpose of neutralizing odors caused by pet urine, following the instructions on the bottle to ensure top results.

7. Use WD-40 on ink stains.

Sometimes mishaps aren’t food related at all, but rather the result of a leaky pen or spilled ink bottle. Some people panic when faced with an ink spill on carpet since this mishap is (hopefully!) less common and catches them off guard. However, you can be ready by keeping some WD-40 on hand!

Spray WD-40 on the ink stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently wash it all away with some carpet shampoo or cleaner.

8. Use hydrogen peroxide for bloodstains.

If a first-aid incident has left some bloody spots on your carpet, then you’ll want to start cleaning those up as soon as you’ve given your injury the necessary care! Don’t put your hydrogen peroxide back in the medicine cabinet just yet--use it to dissolve away those blood drips first. Keep in mind that, in order for hydrogen peroxide to work, the blood must still be wet when you apply it.

9. Use borax to work away old stains.

If you need to tackle a stain that’s already set, then you might want to try borax. This powder is commonly available in most stores, and does a great job at dissolving stains. You’ll want to dampen the stained carpet fibers, sprinkle some borax on top, and then gently work it in with a damp cloth.

Repeatedly blot the water and borax out of the carpet until the stain is lifted out, and you should be good to go!

10. Use club soda on wine or juice stains.

Grape-based drinks are notorious for their tendency to stain when spilled. If some wine or juice spills on your carpet, then begin by blotting up as much of the mess immediately--but then spritz some club soda onto the stain.

As you might expect, the process is similar to the one you’d use with any other cleaning solution: Let it sit for a few minutes, blot it up, and then repeat the process as many times as is necessary to get the stain out.


When it comes to cleaning stains out of your carpet, it’s imperative for you to act quickly! The best way to minimize the risk of persistent stains is to blot up spills before they have the chance to set.

However, if you’ve put in your best efforts to no avail or discover a pre existing carpet stain in your home, then you might want to enlist the help from professionals such as those at Brisbane Carpet Cleaning Carpestology.

Where you might struggle to remove stains from your carpet, a professional cleaning service will likely be able to provide you with better results so that you can fall in love with your carpet all over again! 


Published by Johanne Cosihan