How to Remove Tough Stains from Your Carpet

A classy or stylish carpet can have a significant impact on your house interior decoration. Follow the steps given here to get rid of stubborn stains from your carpet.


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It is easier to clean stains from your carpet when they’re fresh. So, take action before the stain seeps deep into your carpet’s fabric. Here’s a step-by-step guide to clean some of the most common stains from your carpet.

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How to Remove Rust Stains from Your Carpet

Some commercially available carpet cleaners will set the rust stains more firmly in your carpet rather than lifting it. Ensure that the stain remover is designed specially to remove rust stains before applying it on your carpet. For best results, follow the steps given below.

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Stain remover

b) Sponge

c) Lemon juice

d) Salt

e) Towel

f) Knife

g) Sponge

h) Warm water

i) Broom

j) Paper towels

k) Dishwashing liquid

l) Shaving cream

m) Carpet sweeper

n) Vacuum cleaner

o) Vinegar

  1. Step 1: Use Stain Remover

    Apply the stain remover on the affected areas of your carpet and leave it for 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2: Dab with a Damp Sponge

    Dampen a sponge in warm water and wipe off the stain remover from the carpet. The stains should appear visibly lighter.

  3. Step 3: Treat with Lemon Juice and Salt

    Cover the area with lemon juice and sprinkle salt over it. Let this mixture sit on the carpet for 24 hours. Next, rinse with a wet towel and let the carpet air-dry.

How to Remove Shoe Polish Stains from Your Carpet

Follow these steps to clean shoe polish stains from your carpet effortlessly.

  1. Step 1: Scrape the Stain

    Remove as much of the shoe polish as you can from the carpet by scraping it with a blunt knife. Do not rub the affected area, as it will spread the stain further.

  2. Step 2: Apply Stain Remover

    Dampen the stained area and apply a stain remover on the carpet. Soak a sponge in warm water and scrub the shoe polish stain gently. Keep at it until the stain disappears.

  3. Step 3: Clear the Dirt

    Sweep with broom to remove residual dirt and dust after cleaning the stain. It’s important to use a broom with stiff, natural bristles. A soft, synthetic broom will be of no use. Sweep your carpet with it to remove debris. Make sure you have a dustpan handy and maybe a pair of rubber gloves for anything that’s stuck and is difficult to sweep.


How to Remove Oil Stains from Your Carpet

Oil spills can ruin the finish of your carpet. Use these steps to clean them thoroughly.

  1. Step 1: Blot

    Place paper towels on the affected area of the carpet and blot the oil stain. Keep blotting until the paper towels cannot absorb any more oil from the carpet.

  2. Step 2: Treat the Stain

    Squeeze 2 drops of dishwashing liquid on a damp sponge. Rub the sponge on the stained area to lift the stain.

    You can also use shaving cream as a cleaning alternative. Shaving cream contains active ingredients like surfactants and cleansing agents which are found in soaps and detergents, thus it can be used for cleaning too. Simply take a coin-sized amount of shaving cream and rub on the stain directly. Use an old toothbrush and work the shaving cream in. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3: Wipe with Damp Towel

    Wipe off the stain with a damp towel and let the carpet air-dry.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Your Carpet

You don’t need to worry about ink stains any more. Just follow the steps given below.

  1. Step 1: Sweep the Carpet

    Use a carpet sweeper to remove the residual dirt. A carpet sweeper is inexpensive, lightweight and safe. It is good at cleaning anything from small particles to bigger crumbs without a fuss.

  2. Step 2: Cover with Salt

    Cover the ink-stained area with salt and let it sit for 8 hours or more. Salt helps dissolve tough stains.

  3. Step 3: Vacuum

    Use a vacuum cleaner to dislodge salt particles from your carpet. The salt granules will lift the stains. 

How to Remove Wine Stains from Your Carpet

Red wine stains can leave permanent marks on your carpet. Clean them up as soon as you spot them.

  1. Step 1: Blot the Stain

    Blot as much liquid as you can from the carpet using paper towels or a clean cloth.

  2. Step 2: Pour Vinegar

    Cover the affected areas of your carpet with vinegar. Add a drop of laundry detergent and let the mixture sit on the stain for 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3: Wipe the Stain

    Wipe off using a damp sponge. The stains should disappear.

Keep your carpets looking new and spotless with these simple but effective steps. Don’t let stains spoil the beauty of your house.

Key Step:

If your carpet doesn’t have a deep pile, you can use a lint roller. Yes, really! Simply roll it over your carpet and the sticky surface will pick up all the dust that’s been bothering you. Most commercially available large lint rollers have 40-60 sheets.

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