Carpet Stains - How to Get Rid of the Worst Ones

February 25, 2021

There’s nothing worse than spilling something nasty on your carpet. It’s hard to hide and you can’t just stick it in the washing machine. We’ve got a list of the 14 worst carpet stains, as well as tips on how to get rid of them.

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1. Tomato Sauce

Not the worst on the list by far, but tomato sauce on a white carpet is far from ideal. Scrape off the excess ketchup, soak the stain in water and cleaning product as soon as you can. If you follow these steps, the ketchup should clear up in no time.

2. Mustard

Yellow isn’t as dramatic as red, but mustard can act as a dye and yellow is an unpleasant colour for a stain. As before, scrape and soak. Just be aware that you may have to use a spot cleaner or something stronger than your standard solution.

3. Gum

A substance that causes instant panic but actually isn’t as bad as first supposed. Put ice cubes on the gum to harden it, then scrape it off. Use white vinegar to dissolve any leftovers and then finish off with cleaning solution.

4. Chocolate

It’s dark in colour and can be even trickier if the chocolate is smeared or melted into the carpet. As always, it’s important to act fast. Use the scraping method to get rid of what you can. With whatever’s left, use surgical spirit to dissolve the fat and follow up with a carpet shampoo.

Peanut Butter

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5. Peanut Butter

It may be delicious, but it’s problematic when it comes to carpet stains due to it being greasy. As usual, scrape away as much of the stain as possible and speed is again, key. Use a stronger carpet cleaning solution, with water as hot as you can get.

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6. Candle Wax

This can be a difficult stain as you have to wait until it cools to tackle it. Try and scrape away as much as you can. For the rest, try working shaving foam into the stain, then sponge blotting with cold water to rinse.

7. Coffee

If you like your coffee black, you better be careful around the carpet. If the unthinkable happens and there’s a spillage, hot water is your best friend.

8. Butter

When butter gets hold of a fabric, it often doesn’t want to let go. But, there are ways to tackle this type of stain. First, try spot cleaning, then try rubbing and rinsing. If neither of these techniques work, try using wood soap. It’s a great tool for lifting grease out of just about anything.

Red Wine

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9. Red Wine

Red wine is very difficult to remove from carpets, and it’s prone to spilling. If the stain is old, it can be pretty much impossible to shift without the help of professionals. If seen to as soon as possible, you can fix it with warm water, washing up liquid and white vinegar.

10. Pet Stains

If you have a pet, especially a puppy or a kitten, then pet stains will, unfortunately, be a part of your life. Carpets and little accidents don’t mix well. If you end up with a stain of this nature, tackle it first with newspaper to soak excess liquid, then cold water. A pet-specific cleaner and deodorizers will also be useful.

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11. Grape Juice

A lot like the red wine issue, but darker. Use the same method of dishwashing liquid, water, white vinegar – and a lot of good luck!

12. Blood

Once it’s dried, blood is a nightmare to get rid of. We recommend a small bit of hydrogen peroxide, but do a spot test to ensure it won’t lighten your carpet. If it’s not shifting, it might be time to call the professionals.

13. Old Carpet Stains

The longer a stain has been there, the harder it will be to shift. Once again, if normal methods aren’t working, this is another job for the pros. This is especially true if you don’t know what the stain is! Pros can take care of carpet stains whether they’re new or old, so make a request on Bidvine.


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14. Bleach

Ok, let’s be honest, you know you’re in trouble if you’ve spilt bleach on the carpet. If you can jump on the stain, there might be a chance of saving your furry floor. If the bleach has already started to work its magic, then there’s not much to do! Learn to live with it, cover it up with a rug, or buy a new carpet.

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