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How to Remove a Stain from Carpet



what to do with a carpet stain

The 6 Basic Steps for Carpet Stain Removal


Never rub stains, absorb with paper towels or cloth
  • Using white (free of dye or inks) absorbent cloth or paper towels. Blot up or scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Never rub. Rubbing can alter the texture of the carpet.

  • Apply (without over wetting) clean warm (not hot) water to stained area. Blot up firmly to remove as much moisture as possible. Repeat until there’s no stain or no further transfer of stain.


Removing stains on carpet with detergent
  • If the carpet appears stained, the next step is to apply a solution of warm water and mild non-bleach liquid laundry detergent (1 teaspoon to 1 litre water). Use a clear mild dish washing liquid free of additives like lotions or perfumes. Damp wet the cleaning cloth, press it into the stained area and let stand for about 5 minutes.

  • Next, don’t overlook this step. Blot up the detergent with clean cloth dampened in clean, warm water. Then apply clear warm cloth to the area without over wetting and continue to blot the area. Do this several times to get the detergent out of the carpet fibre. Detergent residue accelerates re-soiling!

  • If the carpet feels damp, you can layer white paper towels or place a dry cloth over the top of the stained area. Place a heavy, non-staining object like a heavy ceramic glass bowl on the towel. Leave this to absorb the remaining moisture overnight.


  • Vacuum the carpet pile to restore texture when the affected area is completely dry. If the stain reappears after drying, it may be because some of the stain remained deep in the pile and “wicked” up to the surface. If so, repeat the process of cleaning with a mild detergent water and cloth. If the stain remains, give us a call for professional carpet cleaning.

To find out more download our Advanced Stain Removal PDF

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