6 ways to remove stains from carpet

Carpets are good for everyone. They add coziness to the room, and make the floors warmer, and walking on them with bare feet is a sheer pleasure. However, if something is spilled or dropped on the carpet, its main drawback is revealed. Removing stains from carpet is not an easy task.

However, the household owners of fabric flooring have already found some good folk remedies that will help in removing stains. So do not rush to order dry cleaning or buy special household chemicals. You can remove stains from the carpet yourself, at home with improvised means.

Folk ways to remove stains from carpet

Folk ways to remove stains from carpet

The main plus of folk methods is that all the necessary cleaning products are already at hand. It is not required to rush to the store and buy some untested household chemicals, whose environmental friendliness is also in doubt.

Simple substances such as baking soda, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, sauerkraut or tea leaves can help remove stains from carpet.

How to remove soda stains from carpet

Baking soda is good for removing fresh, fresh liquid stains. The main advantage of this product is that it not only removes dirt, but also neutralizes unpleasant odors.


  1. Apply baking soda evenly to the still wet soil, preferably in a thick enough layer;

  2. Leave it on for half an hour;

  3. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum cleaner.

The method is not suitable for stubborn and old dirt. Even if they get wet. Then the soda will only be absorbed into the pile and will be ineffective.

An alternative to baking soda is starch or salt.

We use ammonia

The ammonia is suitable for stubborn, 'old' stains. It penetrates deeply into the texture of the material and easily removes dirt. However, it is advisable to use ammonia only on light carpets, as it can discolor dark shades.


  1. Prepare yourself mentally for the acrid, unpleasant odor of ammonia;

  2. Mix half a liter of water, a teaspoon of washing powder and 10 ml of ammonia;

  3. Wipe the dirt thoroughly with this mixture using a soft bristled brush;

  4. Wipe cleaned area with dry tissue or cloth.

  5. The carpet must then dry itself. Depending on the temperature in the house, this can take up to several hours. Do not rush the process, as ammonia will continue to remove contaminants during drying, especially those already embedded in the pile.

  6. After drying, ventilate the room. The smell of ammonia will disappear.

Hydrogen peroxide

Folk ways to remove stains from carpet

This method is also suitable for removing stubborn, 'old' stains. It can be used to clean both dark and light-colored floor coverings as the chemicals used are not too 'aggressive' to the dyes.

The only 'but' – a lot of hydrogen peroxide will be required.


  1. Stir 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 0.5 cups of hydrogen peroxide until completely dissolved;

  2. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it onto the contaminated area;

  3. Leave it on for a few minutes and wipe off with a dry microfiber cloth.

If, after drying, the contamination has lightened, but remains, being too ingrained, then the operation can be repeated.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice will also help remove stubborn 'old' stains – and neutralize unpleasant odors as well. However, cleaning will take time. In addition, some dyes – especially for cheap 'tracks' and 'carpets' – can lighten, so it is best to first 'experiment' on some small, invisible area of ​​the coating.


  1. Juice 1-2 lemons, depending on the size of the dirt;

  2. Apply it with a spray bottle, cotton ball or cloth to the dirty area of ​​the coating;

  3. Leave on for 1.5-2 hours;

  4. Remove residual juice and dirt with a sponge soaked in warm water;

  5. Blot any remaining moisture with a dry cloth or towel.

  6. Then leave the cleaned area to dry. After cleaning, you can ventilate the room to get rid of the lemon smell – if you want, of course.

Removing stains with sauerkraut

Sauerkraut will help not only remove even deeply ingrained dirt, but also simply refresh its colors, as well as get rid of unpleasant odors. However, not just any 'snack' will work for this operation. Requires sauerkraut, cooked without vinegar.


  1. Squeeze the cabbage, drain the brine from it;

  2. Rinse the cabbage under running water to get rid of its characteristic unpleasant odor;

  3. Place the 'snack' on the damaged area of ​​the flooring and rub it with a brush;

  4. As soon as the cabbage turns gray with dirt, rinse it under running water and repeat the cleaning.

This must be repeated until the contamination is completely removed. Then the leftover cabbage is removed using a broom or vacuum cleaner.

We clean the carpet with tea leaves

Tea brewing is also suitable for removing stains, but only from dark carpets, as it itself has little coloring properties. So it is better not to use it on light coatings.


  1. Squeeze out the tea leaves used after tea drinking to rid it of excess liquid and coloring infusion;

  2. Spread it over the surface of the dirt and leave it for half an hour;

  3. Remove the tea leaves with a broom or vacuum cleaner.

Teapot also refreshes the color of the pattern on the pile, so you can use it just for 'general cleaning'. The only question is where to get so much tea over a large coverage area …

How to remove specific stains from carpet

stains from the carpet from specific dirt

Many pollutants such as acid, wine, blood, oil, chocolate, coffee and urine leave stubborn marks. You need to get rid of them in special ways.

We remove acidic pollution

Acidic liquids such as vinegar, some fruit juices, and salad dressings can discolor the pile pattern. Therefore, they must be removed immediately.

You will need:

  1. Soda;

  2. Ammonia;

  3. Water.


  1. Dissolve 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of warm water;

  2. Apply to dirt. If it starts to sizzle and foam, then remove it with a napkin;

  3. Mix 20 ml of ammonia and a glass of warm water, and apply the solution to the freshly cleaned area;

  4. Wipe off the wet trail, and then remove the remaining liquid with a dry cloth;

  5. Rinse cleaned area with cold water.

  6. After that, you can leave the cleaned area to dry.

Instructions for cleaning wine stains

Practically a 'homeopathic way' based on the principle 'like cures like'. But it works only if red wine is spilled. You can use any of the above methods to clean white stains.

You will need:

  1. White wine;

  2. Water;

  3. Salt.


  1. Apply white wine over spilled red;

  2. Rinse the damaged area with cold water. You can simply pour liquid on it and immediately remove it with a sponge or napkin;

  3. Apply salt to a wet area in a thick layer and let it sit for 10 minutes;

  4. Remove the absorbed salt with a vacuum cleaner or broom.

But traces and contamination from other alcoholic beverages can be easily removed using one of the above methods.

Recommendations for removing blood stains

How to remove blood stains from carpet

Blood is one of the hardest pollutants to remove. Therefore, traces of it must be removed in several ways at once.

You will need:

  1. Warm water;

  2. 'Mild' cleaning agents such as those used for washing dishes;

  3. Wine vinegar;

  4. Carpet cleaner.


  1. If the blood has not yet had time to dry, blot it with a napkin or sponge to remove excess;

  2. Mix 1 liter of warm water, 1 teaspoon of wine vinegar and the same amount of mild detergent;

  3. Apply the solution to the 'traces of bloodshed' and leave in that state for 15-30 minutes, depending on how 'old' the dirt is;

  4. Use a carpet cleaner.

Different carpet cleaners require different uses. Use the instructions for the one that you have.

Tips for cleaning carpet from ketchup

Spilled or splashed ketchup must be removed from the pile surface immediately. This sauce often contains vinegar, due to which old contamination is quickly 'absorbed' into the texture of the material and becomes extremely difficult to remove.

You will need:

  1. Sponge;

  2. Vinegar;

  3. Water.


  1. Mix 2 cups water and 1 cup vinegar;

  2. Soak a sponge in this solution, squeeze it out and collect the ketchup;

  3. Then, suck in the remaining dirt with the same sponge until your flooring is completely clean;

  4. Rinse the area to be cleaned with water.

  5. You do not need to dry the carpet – it will dry itself. But if you need to quickly get rid of moisture, then you can put a fan next to the 'puddle'. You cannot use a hair dryer, as high temperatures can damage the texture of both the pile and its woven base.

Removing chocolate stains

How to remove chocolate stains from carpet

Chocolate quickly eats into the pile, but is easily removed from it with conventional carpet cleaners. But if there is no such household chemicals in the house, but there is wine vinegar, then you can use it.

You will need:

  1. Wine vinegar;

  2. A 'mild' detergent – for example, for dishes.


  1. Remove excess chocolate using a not very sharp knife;

  2. Mix 1 liter of warm water, 1 teaspoon of wine vinegar and 1 teaspoon of detergent;

  3. Apply the solution to the chocolate mark and rinse the stained area thoroughly.

  4. After drying, you will also need to vacuum the carpet.

Removing coffee stains

Coffee has noticeable coloring properties, so spilled coffee must be removed immediately – before the 'puddle' is completely dry.

You will need:

  1. Wine vinegar;

  2. 'Mild' detergent ('chemistry' for dishwashing is suitable);

  3. Carpet cleaner.


  1. Blot the 'puddle' with a sponge or tissue to remove excess spilled coffee;

  2. Mix 1 liter of warm water, 1 teaspoon of wine vinegar and 1 teaspoon of detergent;

  3. Apply the resulting mixture to the stain and leave for 20-30 minutes;

  4. Clean the carpet with a special product.

Different carpet cleaners require different uses. Use the instructions for the one that you have.

How to get urine stains off carpet

Urine stains are removed in the same way as those left by chocolate or coffee. However, to remove unpleasant odors from your flooring, you can additionally sprinkle the previously contaminated area with soda after cleaning, or clean it with ammonia or lemon juice.

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