Carpets are one of the most popular flooring options available. Their soft-to-the-touch feel and variety of styling options makes them a great choice when it comes to designing your home. That being said, when there is carpet in the house, the one thing that you can anticipate is the exposure to the many messes of life. Whether it’s spilled juice or dog pee, your carpet, if not cleaned properly, is going to showcase this mess for the foreseeable future.

It’s because of this that when we spill a glass of wine or splatter paint on the carpet, we immediately turn to the internet for the fool-proof way of ensuring this mess doesn’t stick around. Unfortunately, many of the suggestions found online are not going to provide you with the results you’d like.

In today’s blog, the team at Floor Expo is going to cover some of the most common myths that we have heard and seen. Let’s get started.


One of the most common cleaning solutions we hear about is vinegar. This is a popular option because it is natural, and while it is entirely capable of disinfecting surfaces, it’s definitely not going to remove stains from your carpet.


We were surprised to see this one, but it’s used more frequently than you’d think. Unfortunately, the reality is that spraying hairspray on your carpet is only going to attract more mess than prevent it. The residue from hairspray is also tough to remove from a carpet, so it’s best to stay away from it altogether.


Good, old fashioned water always seems like such a harmless cleaning solution to turn to, and while it may be free of chemicals, it’s still entirely capable of damaging your carpets. Just as with any liquid used on the carpet, there is a chance of it making its way down to the root of your carpets and staying there. Without the proper equipment, this could leave you with the lingering scent of mildew which, in our opinion, is far worse than a stain on the carpet.

Dish Soap

Another cleaning technique that feels safe and is known for removing oils and stains from clothing is dish soap. While there has been some success when using dish soap to remove stains, it certainly isn’t the go-to option when trying to remove a stain from your carpet. The primary reason that you do not want to use it on your carpet is that it’s nearly impossible to entirely remove from the carpet. As we mentioned earlier, debris that isn’t removed can wind up hurting your carpet more than helping it.

Contact Floor Expo

If you have stains on your carpet that you hate seeing, but don’t want to make it worse, contact the team at Floor Expo. We offer a large variety of flooring options for you to choose from for your home. Reach out to us today, and let the members of our team provide you with a free design consultation on your flooring project.