Updated: Oct 4
You walk into the room and you notice the same dark spot on the floor. You see it every day, and you've thought, one day I'll get it, but you never have. It's too expensive to hire a professional carpet cleaner just to remove it, so you tell yourself you'll do it, but you never have...
I'm a professional carpet cleaner in Utah who tried and tested different homemade stain removers and found the best solution that works. In this blog, I'll share with you the proven and safe method to finally remove stubborn stains from your carpets for free. It's simple, and once you've done it on one spot, you'll be a pro! Just beware, make sure to read through the whole article because there are some important disclosures and reminders so you do don't mess up. You got this!
DIY Stain removal in five easy steps:
Vacuum up the spot: The first step in removing a stain from your carpet is to vacuum up any loose dirt or debris. Use a wet vac if you can (the ones that can vacuum liquids as well).
Apply a stain removal chemical: Apply enough so it dampens the carpet fibers and covers the whole stain. If you don't have one, you can make one by mixing these ingredients: 1 tsp dish soap, 2 cups isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup water. This will make enough to fill up a whole empty spray bottle. There are lots of different carpets out there so make sure to test your solution in a hidden area of the room to see if it changes the color of your carpet.
Stain removal formula from above:
- 1 tsp dish soap
- 2 cups isopropyl alcohol
- 1 cup water
Use a metal spoon to press down on the area: Using a metal spoon, gently press down on the stained area to help lift the stain from the carpet fibers. You may scrub the area lightly to agitate the solution into the stain, but be careful not to scrub too hard as this can cause the carpet fibers to fray.
Let the stain removal chemical sit for one to two minutes: After applying the stain removal chemical, allow it to sit on the stain for one to two minutes to give it time to work its magic. This will help to loosen and lift the stain from the carpet fibers.
Blot the area with a towel or vacuum: Once the stain removal chemical has had time to work, use a towel or vacuum to blot or suction up the excess liquid. Be sure to blot gently.
This method has been proven to be highly effective at removing stains from carpets and has been tested in many homes. However, it is important to note that it may not guarantee perfect, spotless results. If the stain is still there, try repeating the steps once more and see if there's any improvement. This method will not be effective for melted wax or paint stains. Remember, the sooner you tackle the problem, the better your chances of successfully removing the stain. If you are dealing with a particularly stubborn stain, it may be necessary to seek the help of a professional carpet cleaner like us.