Removing stains from carpet is something most of us have to deal with from time to time, I’ve certainly had my fair share of disasters over the years of raising kids, kittens, and puppies.
This carpet cleaning guide is originally from Wendyl’s book “Recipes For A Cleaner Life,” – over the years it has been updated by our subscribers with more stain removal tips.
Some stains react well to soapsuds, some are best dealt with by making a paste made from cream of tartar and water, and some can be removed with glycerine.
If you’ve found there’s something that has been left off the list, and you have a tried and true method, I’d love to hear about it. Email me at [email protected]
Carpet Stain Removal Guide
Dirt — Brush thoroughly with a soft brush. Sponge with mild soapsuds like our Green Goddess Lavender Laundry Liquid and rinse carefully with clean water, then blot with an old towel.
Grease — Sprinkle the spot with Fuller’s Earth (this is otherwise known as bentonite clay) and when the grease has been absorbed remove with a brush.
Ink — Take up freshly spilled ink with blotting paper then sponge the spot thoroughly with milk, allowing the milk to stand for several minutes. Wash out the milk with clean hot water, and to assist drying sprinkle with clean cornmeal. Old ink stains may be removed by moistening and adding citric acid, rubbing the spot gently, repeating until it disappears, then rinsing with clean water and blotting with an old towel.
Paint — Fresh paint can be removed by rubbing with a cloth wet in turpentine, gently scraping, then moistening the remainder with Vaseline. Wash out any remaining turps and Vaseline with warm soapy water then blot with an old towel.
Grass — Make a paste of cream of tartar and water and rub into the stain. When thoroughly dry remove from the carpet with a sponge wet in alcohol (vodka is ideal).
Vomit – Put rubber gloves on and clean up all the chunky bits. Soak up the rest with paper towels but don’t rub. Flush the area with water and blot with an old towel. Next get a bucket and put 2 Tbs Green Goddess Hemp & Eucalyptus Liquid Castile Cleaning Soap into 2 litres warm water, and using a cloth, soak in the solution then work any stains out of the carpet. Rinse with more clean water and blot with the towel. Leave to dry.
Animal Stains — Clean at once and rub with a cloth soaked in weak ammonia solution (one part to twenty parts water) then absorb with a cloth or blotter.
Chocolate — Sprinkle with Green Goddess Premium Borax then spray with water until just wet. Leave for 15 minutes then remove with a cloth and cold water. When dry, if any borax remains, remove with a brush or vacuum cleaner.
Red Wine — Blot stain with a clean cloth, absorbing as much as you can. Mix 1 Tbs Green Goddess Double Strength White Vinegar with 1 Tbs dish wash liquid, dip in a sponge and apply to the stain. Keep blotting and applying until gone.
Coffee — Rub with glycerine (available from your chemist) and leave to soak overnight. Sponge with warm water.
Nail Polish — Sponge with acetone (nail polish remover).
Glue – For dried PVA glue make a mixture of 1 part Green Goddess Double Strength White Vinegar to 2 parts warm water. Sponge on the mixture and blot.
Crayon – To remove crayon stains gently scrub the area with a toothbrush dipped in Green Goddess Double Strength White Vinegar to loosen the stain. Blot continuously, then carefully clean with a little Green Goddess Hemp & Eucalyptus Liquid Castile Cleaning Soap diluted in warm water and blot.
Wax – Get it off as soon as possible. If still warm cool the wax with ice, then pick off as much as you can. Next get your iron and some brown paper, put the paper over the wax and carefully iron. The wax should adhere to the paper leaving your carpet wax free.