Top 5 Toughest Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

A clean looking carpet is essential to maintain a balanced and wholesome office space or household. It can really say a lot about your company or family, so when a spill happens upon our beloved (but difficult to clean) carpet, it’s no wonder that we cry, anger and assign blame of the terrible misfortune.

But BEWARE! There are some substances out there that make the task of getting things back to normal even more difficult for you to do on your own! Watch out for these and make sure to act fast upon encountering them in your carpet!

1. Blood

Nobody likes it, but accidents happen. A cut or fall can result in an injury that not only hurts, but that can stain your carpet forever. Make sure you, your family or co-worker are okay and then concentrate on getting this seemingly perpetual stain off your carpet.

How To Remove: For a dry blood stain, you can mix liquid-dish-washing detergent with cold water to clean your carpet. To be clear, soak a clean, white piece of cloth in the solution, and then use it to apply the solution on your stained carpet. After that, you can gently scrub the stained area using a tooth brush before using a wet cloth to rinse and blot the area.

2. Ink

At work, we’re running around, going from one place to another. In all of this hecticness, there’s no time to stop. But as fate would have it, your pen starts to malfunction and it decides that letting it all out on the carpet is the best way to go. Not only is it a pain because you were counting on that pen to keep with your day, but the stain it created is really difficult to remove!

How To Remove: Moisten a cloth with rubbing alcohol and blot at the stain. As you are blotting, the ink should begin to transfer to the cloth. Use a clean piece of the cloth with each application to prevent adding the removed ink back in. If there is no rubbing alcohol available, spray the area well with hairspray. The cheaper the better as they contain higher levels of alcohol in them.

3. Red Wine

Many of us have felt the dread of accidentally dropping or knocking over a glass of red wine. The dark color, combined with its ability to seep and soak deep into the carpet fibres very quickly – often causing permanent damage to the carpet.

How To Remove: As soon as the spill happens, it’s important to treat the stain immediately using an upholstery spray, soda water, salt (to rub into the carpet and absorb the stain), or a mixture of water and vinegar. Dab, blot and rinse the area thoroughly and let dry.

4. Nail Polish

The award for the toughest stain goes to nail polish. The quick dry ingredients and the chemical makeup of many nail polish brands make for a dramatic and irreversible-looking stain when a bottle’s contents meet the floor – and when it dries, it can be extremely difficult to remove.

How To Remove: Scrape the excess nail polish off, pour some nail polish remover onto a cloth or towel and gently rub or blot the spot. Once the spot is gone, use a mixture of dish soap and water to wipe away the nail polish remover. Rinse with water and soak up moisture until dry.

5. Coffee

Yes, mornings are tough. We need coffee! It’s the fuel that keeps us going. Nonetheless, in those states of slumber before fully waking up, a stumble can cause a clean looking carpet to suddenly become repulsive. And good luck cleaning that up too! Coffee holds on to your carpet like superglue!

How To Remove: Blot up as much of the coffee as you can. Then, mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the mixture. Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry.