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Common Carpet Stain Removal Guide

Common Carpet Stain Removal Guide

No matter how careful you are, it’s inevitable that you will (at some point) spill something on your carpet. I have compiled a handy Common Carpet Stain Removal Guide for the best way to remove it from your carpet. 

Contrary to popular belief – shaving foam, lemon and other concoctions do not remove stains from carpet. 

Common stain removal guide: 

If in doubt seek professional advice!

  1. Beer – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissues or paper towel.
  2. Bleach – This type of stain requires immediate action by a professional cleaner – contact us.
  3. Blood – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissues or paper towel.
  4. Burns/scorch marks – Rub gently with a coin and brush off; if the discolouration is left rub gently with sandpaper and brush off.
  5. Butter/margarine – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  6. Candle wax – Place a wad of absorbent paper on the spot and heat gently with a hot iron to melt the wax. On wool pile only, not advised for synthetic carpets.
  7. Central heating radiator fluid – This type of stain requires immediate action by a professional cleaner – contact us.
  8. Chewing gum – Harden deposit by freezing using ice cubes in a plastic bag, or by using a proprietary freeze-type chewing gum remover, remove by scraping gently with a blunt knife or spatula.
  9. Chocolate/cocoa – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  10. Coffee – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissues or paper towel.
  11. Cola – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissues or paper towel.
  12. Cosmetics/make-up – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  13. Crayon – Apply white spirit/mineral spirit to a white cloth and place on the stain. Leave for two minutes then blot. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
  14. Cream – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  15. Dirt/soil – Vacuum clean thoroughly (if possible) a vacuum cleaner with a brush bar to agitate the carpet fibres.
  16. Egg – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. 
  17. Faeces – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  18. Felt-tip pen – Apply Woolsafe Approved spot remover to a white cloth and blot. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
  19. Fruit juice – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  20. Glue/adhesive (plastic base) – Apply acetone (or nail varnish remover without oil) to a white cloth and place it on the stain. Leave for two minutes then blot. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
  21. Grass – Vacuum clean thoroughly (if possible) a vacuum cleaner with a brush bar to agitate the carpet fibres.
  22. Gravy and sauces – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  23. Grease – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  24. Hand/body lotion – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  25. Icecream – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  26. Ink (ballpoint) – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  27. Ink (fountain pen) – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  28. Jam/marmalade – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  29. Jelly – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  30. Lipstick – Apply white spirit/mineral spirit to a white cloth and place on the stain. Leave for two minutes then blot. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
  31. Mayonaise – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  32. Metal polish – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  33. Milk – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  34. Mustard – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  35. Nail varnish – Apply acetone (or nail varnish remover without oil) to a white cloth and place it on the stain. Leave for two minutes then blot. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
  36. Oil – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  37. Paint (oil-based) – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  38. Paint (water-based) – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  39. Rust – This type of stain requires immediate action by a professional cleaner – contact us.
  40. Salad dressing – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  41. Shoe polish – Apply Woolsafe Approved spot remover to a white cloth and blot. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
  42. Soft drink (cordial) – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  43. Soot – This type of stain requires immediate action by a professional cleaner – contact us.
  44. Tar (asphalt) – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula.
  45. Tea – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  46. Tomato sauce/ketchup – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  47. Urine (fresh stain) – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  48. Urine (old stain) – This type of stain requires immediate action by a professional cleaner – contact us.
  49. Vomit – Scoop up as much of the spill as possible using a blunt knife or spatula. Then blot the remaining spot with a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  50. Wine (red/rose) – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.
  51. Wine (white) – Blot up as much of the spill as possible using a clean white cloth, tissue or paper towel.

NEVER rub a stain, always blot, to do this just apply hand or foot pressure to the area.

If in doubt, always seek professional advice – contact us.

We provide professional stain removal across the whole of Cheshire, Manchester and Merseyside. Available 24:7 for emergency callouts (excluding bank holidays).

Hopefully, this Common Carpet Stain Removal Guide should help but if not please do reach out to us.