Top Five Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

by | Oct 28, 2021 | Carpet Cleaning

In our fifteen years of experience in carpet cleaning services in the Greater Toronto Area, we have seen all kinds of stains. Accidents are bound to happen to all of us at some time or another, right? It could be spilled coffee, Kool-Aid from a sippy cup, a drop of blood, or your pet who couldn’t wait.

This post will cover the Top Five Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them!

Top Five Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

1. How to Remove Kool-Aid Stains from Carpet

Kool-Aid can be a culprit for creating awful carpet stains on all kinds of carpeting. Follow the steps below to remove the tough carpet stains caused by Kool-Aid. Oh Yeah! 

  • First, always gently blot the carpet stain with a dry white towel. Never rub the stain because doing so can make it more difficult to remove the carpet stain altogether. Doing it incorrectly could lead to saturation on the carpet pad. 
  • You can try a mixture of white vinegar, Dawn dish soap, and water in a spray bottle. Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of Dawn dish soap, and fill with water. Generously spray the area, let soak for 5-10 minutes, and blot with a clean and dry towel until the stain is removed. 
  • Some carpet stain removal products can be of great benefit to fight carpet stains. BISSELL® Carpet Cleaning Formulas, RESOLVE® Carpet Cleaners, and even OxiClean® for stained carpets. If the stain is stubborn, use these as directed and then repeat with the vinegar spritz method until the stain has vanished. **Make sure to test a small carpet area to ensure no reaction or negative impact from using any of these substances.**

2. How to  Remove Pet Stains from Carpet

Many pet owners often have to clean up a mess or a special surprise from their beloved pet. There are methods and substances that aid in getting rid of the odour associated with these types of accidents and removing the stains entirely. Here are some tips: 


  • First, clean up the initial mess. If there is debris on the carpet, pick it up with gloves and dispose of it. If wet, use the blot method to soak up the moisture without smearing or rubbing. Blot repeatedly until the carpet is almost dry to the touch and carpet stain is removed.
  • If the stain has already dried on the carpet fibres, the best way to treat this type of carpet stain is to moisten it. Then apply a carpet stain cleaning product specifically formulated for pet stains.
  • To neutralize the odour and spot, you may need to try several different strategies. Try using white vinegar (you may also substitute white vinegar for white wine) to perform this action—Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water and spritz on the stain. Allow the vinegar spray to soak for several minutes, and then proceed with the blot technique until the stain is gone and the spot is dry.
  • Another method that can effectively rid pet stains from the carpet is to mix a quart of water with a stain-fighting laundry detergent in a spray bottle and then spray it on the spot. Allow this mixture to soak for a few minutes, blot, rinse with warm water, and repeat as necessary.


3. How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet

Coffee carpet stains can leave a carpet looking filthy if not treated properly. The yellowish-brown tone left by a coffee stain can easily be mistaken as an ignored pet mess. Follow these simple suggestions to remove coffee carpet stains:


  • Dry the spot by blotting with a dry white towel. If there is substantial spillage, make sure you are not spreading the stain even more by changing cloths as they become saturated with the beverage.
  • Try the vinegar mixture, water, and a gentle, non-bleach detergent first with the spritzer method, rinse, and repeat.
  • Several products are sold for this type of carpet stain. Always perform a patch test to assure no damage from chemicals will present themselves. Use as directed and beware some chemicals are harmful to the skin, so wear gloves as a precaution when using these stain removing products. 
  • Particular carpets, such as Polypropylene, will respond safely to a carpet stain treatment of water and bleach. You can prepare a mixture of 1/4 cup of bleach to 1 cup and a 1/4 of water in a spray bottle. Soak with the mixture, blot, rinse with warm water, and repeat until the carpet stain disappears.


4. How to Remove Blood Stains from Carpet

Here are some methods to remove blood carpet stains:

  • When treating blood spots on carpets, always use cold water instead of warm or hot water. This is important because blood coagulates with heat, and cold will prevent the blood from permeating into the carpet fibres.
  • Fill a spritzer bottle with 2 tsp. of a grease-fighting, liquid dish detergent such as Dawn and cold water, then spray on the stain. Liberally moisten it so that the carpet stain is entirely soaked. Then use a paper towel or a dry white cloth to blot the spot so that the blood is transferred to the cloth. Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary.
  • OxiClean® is bleach-free, and with its ability to oxygenate most carpet stains, it is ideal for bloodstains. Although OxiClean® needs warm water to be diluted, you can use cold water and mix as well as possible. Apply on the blood-stained carpet using a bottle or by dropping some on the spot. Blot until dry, rinse, and repeat if necessary.
  • Keep in mind, removing blood stains may take persistence and a combination of all these steps. After several tries, your carpet should look new again.


5. How to Remove Ink Stains from Carpet 

It is known that ink stains can wreak havoc on fabrics and carpets. However, there are better ways to rid ink carpet stains with technology and much trial and error. Here are some effective ways to remove ink carpet stains:


  1. Dampen a clean white cloth with isopropyl alcohol (the higher the percentage of the active ingredient, the better it will work), and then dab the wet cloth on the ink-stained carpet. Be careful not to rub or scrub! This could cause the ink spot to spread. Let it stand for a few minutes, and then use a liquid-friendly vacuum to remove the excess moisture. 
  2. You may need to treat the carpet stain with alcohol again. Also, some hairsprays work, nail polish removers, and other things containing high alcohol concentrations (even white wine and vinegar may be used).
  3. When using any of these chemicals, rinse with water, blot or vacuum dry until the spot is dry.
  4. Be sure always to perform a test on an inconspicuous carpet area to ensure these cleaning solutions will not lead to further damage on certain types of carpeting.


There are instances when a pesky stain is tough to get out. You should call a reputable, professional carpet cleaning company like Golden Line Green Care to remove ground-in dirt, stains and odours. Our professionals are experts at removing carpet stains caused by any substance or entity. Contact us today for a quote! 


*** The above techniques are meant to be of assistance in cleaning carpet stains. Please use with caution at your own risk. Golden Line Green Care is not responsible for the outcome of the above procedures***

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