Carpet Stains: How to Get Them Out


Carpets are not the easiest thing to keep clean, especially if you have pets or young children! Accidents happen and so do carpet stains! This is why our team at AllClean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning have put together this helpful guide on how you can remove different satins from your carpets using products you probably already have readily available in your home.

What You Need To Know

When attempting to remove a stain you should always start from the outside and work in, you should blot the stain as opposed to scrubbing as this can ruin the carpet fibres and allow the stain to soak in further. Once this is done rinse with clean water and repeat the process. Below you will find some more stain specific advice. It is always worth testing products on an inconspicuous area of the carpet first to make sure it doesn’t cause any discolouration.

Water Soluble Stains

  • Alcohol
  • Berries
  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Food Dye
  • Gravy
  • Excrement
  • Ice Cream
  • Jelly
  • Milk
  • Mud
  • Washable ink
  • Latex or wet paint

To remove any of these stains you will need to make a cleaning solution of ¼ teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar and mix in 900ml of water.

Special Water Soluble Stains

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Mustard
  • Tea
  • Vomit
  • Wine
  • Blood

To remove any of these stains you will need to mix up a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia, one cup of water if your carpet is wool or wool blend then use detergent instead of ammonia). If you have a polypropylene carpet, then you can try using one part bleach to five parts water. If you are unsure of what material your carpet is made from you can always check with the manufacturer.

Oil, Fat and Wax

Place kitchen roll over the stain then iron over the on a warm setting. The oil, fat or wax should soak up off the carpet and stick to the kitchen roll.

Cigarette Burns

Use a blunt knife or other hard flat object and gently rub the affected area to remove the burn.


Use rubbing alcohol to moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball and press the affected area. Once the glue is moistened gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.

Chewing Gum and Wax

Use ice to freeze the chewing gum or wax, then use a blunt object such as a spoon to shatter it then hover before the pieces soften again, afterwards blot the carpet with a white towel.

Nail Polish

Blot affected area with an old rag soaked in nail polish remover.


Try to absorb as much as possible with towels and then blot with a damp cloth. Then using a solution of one-part white vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle, spray the affected area. Finally use a solution of ½ a teaspoon of mild or non-bleach detergent mixed with 900ml of water to rinse and blot dry.

If you are struggling to get a stain out of your carpet or you just need your carpets cleaning, then contact AllClean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning today – 01494 853058