10 Carpet Spot Removal Tips

You spent thousands on your carpet. So it’s particularly frustrating when your carpet gets stains. It’s like looking at torn dollar bills. A Personal Touch offer some tips on how to remove a stain with home remedies.

As your first line of defense against stubborn stains, open your kitchen cabinets and try these DIY methods. Quick disclaimer: Before going too far with any DIY carpet stain remover, test a small piece of carpet in a hidden corner to ensure the solution doesn’t totally bleach the carpet or extend the stain further.

Vinegar Solutions
Create a cleaning paste using 2 tablespoons white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda. Using a washcloth rub the solution into the stain and let it set.  Vacuum the carpet after the solution has dried. If there is still some stain left, try again.

Combine vinegar and water solution (1:5 ratio) to treat pet urine stains. Similar to the salt and vinegar solution, soak the stain and rub in the solution with a washcloth. Let it set. Continue to rub the stain until you see results. Repeat the process multiple times until the stain is gone.

Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly won’t work for all stains, but it will work for lipstick stains. Treat the stain with the jelly and then apply hot water. Gently rub away the lipstick using a soft cloth.


Using a ratio of one part ammonia and five parts hot water, you can remove nearly any kind of stain. But open the windows first. This one is smelly.

Liquid Dish Soap

For minor carpet stains, mix a few tablespoons of dish soap with hot water and rub the stain thoroughly. Make sure that you blot it dry with a clean towel.

Rubbing Alcohol
It’s possible to get rid of a stain by applying rubbing alcohol. This method works best for ink and grease stains. Remember to blot the stain in one direction only. Also, do not let the alcohol soak too deep into the carpet before blotting.

Club Soda

Club soda is popular for a variety of stains. Simply blot some soda on your stain, and let it sit for a few minutes. Begin blotting a second time with a clean cloth.

Hydrogen Peroxide 
Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with 2-3 drops of dish detergent and one cup of water. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and blot the stained area. Be sure not to use too much hydrogen peroxide. You may have to apply the solution numerous times until the stain disappears. Blot dry with a clean towel.

Baby Wipes
Baby wipes may be gentle, but they are certainly powerful if you use them to clean up a spill as soon as it happens.

Ivory Soap

A bar of Ivory Soap will help remove nearly any type of stain. Just rub the soap in one direction over the stain and scrub the spot with an old toothbrush and water.

TheDenverCarpetCleaners.com will professionally remove stains that you’re unable to remove yourself. Call us at 720-344-287 for our professional grade spot removal services and carpet cleaning services in the Denver metro area and throughout Colorado.


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