Carpet has a bad reputation for being easily stained.

When most people think of carpet, they immediately think of what might happen once someone spills on it. Some stains can be tricky to get out, and no one wants to have to worry about their new carpet getting ruined by something as simple as an accident. But, there’s good news. Many of today’s best carpet brands, including Mohawk, offer carpet with innovative technology that builds next-level stain resistance right into the fibers. However, even without that incredible technology, most stains can be handled without the help of a professional carpeting cleaning company if you act quickly and know how to remove them properly.

Before we go into the nitty-gritty details of combating specific carpeting stains, there are a few general rules that apply to fighting stains that you’ll want to keep in mind, including:

  • Be prompt – The longer you wait to address a stain, the harder it will be to get it out. As we mentioned, if you act quickly, you’ll have a much easier time getting even the toughest stains out of your carpet.
  • Less is more with cleaning products – If residual detergents or carpet cleaning products aren’t rinsed out of the carpet completely, it can actually end up attracting more dirt and grime to the area, so don’t overdo it and always rinse thoroughly.
  • Always test cleaning products before using them on your carpeting – Whether you’re using a DIY cleaning solution that you made at home or you bought a carpet cleaning product from the store, never just assume that it will work well for your carpet. Always test new products in a small area that isn’t noticeable before using it them on any visible areas of your carpet.
  • Never rub a stain into the carpet – When removing a stain on carpeting, blotting is the way to go, not rubbing. If you try to rub a stain, there’s a strong chance that you’ll actually end up rubbing it deeper into the fibers of the carpet, making it even more difficult to remove.

Now that you’ve got the basics of carpet cleaning under your belt, here is our list of the most common carpet stains and step-by-step instructions on how to remove them:

Colored Juice or Soda

When someone spills soda, juice or anything other beverage that contains artificial colors, we’ll forgive you if you have a moment of panic. But, if you act fast enough, you’ll be able to get these stains out of even white carpet.

  1. Blot the stain to get as much of the excess liquid out of the carpet as possible.
  2. Create a DIY carpet cleaner with a mixture made up of a tablespoon of dish soap, approximately a fourth of a cup of white vinegar and clean water.
  3. Soak the stain liberally for up to 10 minutes.
  4. Blog the stain again with a clean, dry towel.
  5. Keep repeating the process until the stain is gone!

Pet Stains

Pet stains not only look nasty, but they can leave a foul odor that permeates throughout your home. Plus, pet stains are extra tricky because a dog’s urine contains ammonia, which is what attracts them to keep urinating on the same spot over and over again. In order to prevent your dog from repeatedly urinating on the same spot, it’s imperative that you clean up the stain completely.

  1. If there are solids, pick them or scrap them up.
  2. Blot the stain to get as much of the excess liquid out as possible.
  3. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  4. Soak the area with the vinegar and water solution.
  5. Sprinkle the area with a light layer of baking soda and let it sit until dry, which may take a day or two.
  6. Once the carpet is completely dry, you can vacuum up the baking soda.

These are just a few of the many common stains that you may come across over the years. To learn how to remove other common stains, check out our next blog.

In the meantime, if you’ve tried everything and you just can’t seem to get an old stain out of your carpet, it might be time to consider carpet replacement. Stop by our flooring showroom in New Jersey to talk to one of our carpet installers or visit us online to learn about the carpeting options we have at Floor Expo.