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Whenever spills occur on carpet, time is of the essence. The sooner it is cleaned up, the easier it will be to do so. Don't be fooled by spills that are clear or are the same color as the carpet: these can change color over time and become visible stains.

The first step in spot cleaning is to blot up the liquid using white paper towels or tissues. Do not add any liquids at this point, as they will only make the spot larger and help it sink deeper into the carpet. Absorb as much liquid as possible.

Remember, even if you vacuum regularly and spot clean as needed, you will eventually need to have your carpet cleaned. Ideally, your carpet should be professionally cleaned every year to 18 months.

Specific recommendations for carpet stain removal are listed below for each type of carpet stain.:

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

Hold an ice cube next to it until the gum hardens so you can break it off.
Get out your electric hair dryer. Heat the gum, 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. This may get most of it.

Faded Carpet:
Salt has been known to do wonders to brighten up lifeless, faded carpets. Sprinkle salt generously over carpet and let set for an hour before vacuuming

Fingernail Polish:
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

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

Pets Urine:
To get a urine stain out of carpet, act quickly. Blot with paper towels or a clean white cotton cloth. If you can, suck it out with vacuum. 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 one cup of warm water. Don'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 shop-vac, plain white paper towels, or a white cotton cloth. Rinse the area with warm water, extract, the 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 of 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 the carpet is dry.

Pets Hair:
To get pet hair off carpet, clothes, etc., try using a rubber glove. It's a great pet hair and lint remover.
Sprinkling baking soda over rugs helps loosen pet hair. Let a light coat of baking soda sit just a bit, and then vacuum. It deodorizes as well!
find a stick wrape it up with bonding tape and use it direcly to clean the hair.

One of the best solvents you can use to remove ink stains from carpet is also one of the cheapest: rubbing alcohol. It works better if it is 90% isopropyl alcohol, but there is no danger in trying the ones that are 70% if that's what you have available. Whichever you use, remember that ink stain removal is always easier if you treat the stains quickly. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to a white cotton cloth and dab the stain carefully, so you don't spread the ink. Don't ever pour rubbing alcohol on your carpet!
  2. Vaccuum it out after a few minutes using a shop-vac. Alternately, you can blot it up carefully, using a clean white cloth. Don't rub the stain!
  3. Repeat the process until you completely remove the ink stains from the carpet, or until you get no more transfer to the cloth. In the latter case it may not be possible to get all of the stain out. At this point, you can try a commercial cleaning solvent, although it is unlikely you'll get much more of the stain.


  1. Rinse and extract the blood with cold water. Use just a little at a time, so you don't spread the stain. Hot water will set the stain, possibly making it permanent, so use only cold water. Just add water, then blot it up with a clean white cloth or white paper towels. Alternately, you can suck the solution out with a shop-vac, which means less of a chance of spreading the stain.
  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.
  5. 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 doesn't "wick up" to the surface and become visible again.

Some people have reported that club soda can help remove blood stains, so if the above instructions don't work, you can try that. It is not easy to predict which stains will come out and which are permanent until you try. This is due to the various types of carpet fibers and other factors. Natural fibers are usually more difficult to remove stains from, for example. As with all stains, start with water first before trying other solvents for blood stain removal.