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When we first get our brand new carpets, we tend to put rules in place, like ‘no muddy shoes on the carpet’ or ‘no food on the sofa.’ As time goes on, these rules seem to be forgotten about and stains creep into your carpets. If you know you’ve spilt something, the best thing to do is tackle it right away. This way, it doesn’t give the liquid time to deeply penetrate the fibres of your carpet. Stains can come in all sorts of forms, so we’ve listed every single stain we can think of, as well as tips on how to get rid of them.

Carpet Stains and Solutions

Red wine and other water-soluble stains

We’ll begin with probably the most notoriously hard-to-get-out stain there is. Red wine. It’s not an easy one to get out of carpets, especially if you’ve let it sit for just a little bit too long. However, there are a couple of saving graces here. Your best two options are either a non-bleach detergent or white vinegar. Mix ¼ of the liquid of your choice with 1-litre water. The mixture should be efficient in getting rid of red wine stains. It will automatically dilute the stain and make it less dark.

Coffee and hard-to-get-out stains

To get coffee or other dark liquids out of your carpets, you need a mixture of different liquids. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap to one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of water. Give the mixture a good stir and apply the liquid to the coffee stain with a clean rag. Blot the area instead of wiping it. Slowly but surely, you’ll see the horror stain begin to fade.

Fat and oil

Fat and oil are substances that can be impossible to remove if you don’t know how. So we’re going to tell you how. Begin by putting a paper towel over the affected area and then put your iron (on a warm setting) on top of the piece of paper towel. Hold it there until you begin to see the fat or oil sticking to the paper towel. This method should draw out the oil in your carpet. If you trust professional cleaning service like VIP Carpet Cleaning, you may also call them for help.

Chewing gum

Chewing gum is a tricky one to get out of any sort of fabric, whether that be clothes or carpets. The secret here is to use ice. Begin by freezing the chewing gum with the ice, it can be either an ice pack or an ice cube. Once you’ve done this, the gum should shatter easily when hit with force from a blunt object like a spoon. After this, you may have frozen gum still on your carpet, so make sure to vacuum this up before the pieces become soft again.

Nail polish

When you’re painting your nails, it can be very easy to spill some of the polish on your carpet. It’s always a good idea to have something underneath your nails when painting them. But if you don’t, and you find yourself in a situation where you’ve got polish on your new carpets. Don’t worry, use nail polish remover. Dilute the area with lots of water before beginning. Then add nail polish remover to the area. The nail polish remover should get rid of any nail polish in your carpet, without bleaching any of the fibres of your carpet.


It’s essential that you let the mud dry into your carpet before attempting to tackle the stain. Don’t touch the area while it dries as this will only end up in the stain spreading further. Once it’s dry use a vacuum cleaner to pick up any of the dried mud until most of it has gone. The key here is to use laundry detergent to get rid of the rest of the stain. Make sure you’re blotting instead of wiping the affected area and keep doing this until the stain has gone.

Removing stains will keep your carpets looking fresh

It’s absolutely important to remove the stain from your carpet as soon as it happens. Unless it’s mud. The quicker you get to the stain, the more likely it will fade or clean up. Nobody wants their cream carpets tarnished with a filthy stain, so keep your carpets looking fresh by sorting stains ASAP.

If you are looking for a professional company for the job, you won’t go wrong with Dan Dan The Carpet Man as they’re one of the best Tampa carpet cleaning companies.