How To Get Tough Stains Out Of Carpet

Carpet stains can make your home look dirty and dingy even in the most well-kept homes. However, even the toughest stains usually have a tip or trick that you can use to remove them once and for all. Here are a few strategies that you can use to get tough stains out of your carpet so that your home looks its absolute best.

The stains listed below are some of the most common stains that cause the most headache—however there are several types of stains that fall into the same category.

Cleaning Materials


Whether it’s from your potty training toddler or your new puppy–urine stains are some of the most offensive stains out there. Not only do they look terrible, but they usually have an even more terrible stench! First, you should blot the urine with a towel to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.

Next, use a vinegar and water solution to combat the smell and start breaking down the components of the stain. Finally, use a detergent-based spray to go the extra mile to remove the stain and the odor. Remember, don’t use a bleach-based cleanser.

Gum (Also true for Wax)

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to see a large chunk of gum embedded in the carpet. Don’t fear—you can handle this! Simply freeze the gum until it is totally hardened. Next, break the gum apart into small pieces. Next, vacuum it up. You are done!


Glue is one of the worst stains out there. It not only changes the color of the carpet, but it also creates a matted mess. In order to remove this stain, you must use a cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide.  The stain will slowly be removed by repeating this process several times. Remember, most stains take time to remove so don’t get discouraged if you have to do this several times.


Wine stains are most feared by those with light colored carpet. When you first see the contrast between the wine and your pale carpet, your first inclination may be to panic. Don’t worry! This stain can also be removed. A simple solution of ammonia and water. This typically works, but if it does you should carefully create a one part bleach five part water solution that should do the trick. It’s a good idea to check with the carpet manufacturer to make sure that your particular carpet can withstand bleach. Other stains that can be removed with this method:

  • Coffee
  • Blood
  • Chocolate


Carpet stains can really change the look and feel of your home. Don’t let a few carpet stains get you down—as you can see—they are easy to remove! There are a number of stains that fall into the same categories as the ones listed above so most of these solutions work for a number of types of stains. Taking care of pesky carpet stains with good cleaning service will go a long way in making you feel better about your home.

Treesa May J is a devoted homemaker and blogger who loves to share new, exciting and informative tips on interior designing.

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