The top 5 common stains to remove from carpets

I pondered over the title of this page, why write it I asked? I run a carpet cleaning business why would I go out of my way to give tips on how to keep your carpet clean? Why not just call us…
I add value and love to give more to our customers. If you’ve just got your carpets cleaned by us you should have an email already outlining how to keep your carpet clean and free from those nasty stains.


Here are the top 5 tips I’ve found from all over the googles on how to keep those nasty stains out.

Let’s start off with the worst offender:

1 Dog Poop.


Ideally, you want to remove as much of the mess by hand (wear gloves) as you can without rubbing it into the carpet, that will just make the problem worse.

Next cold soapy water, bucket and cloth. Don’t try to make a large wet patch just cover the area affected otherwise you are rubbing that odour to clean parts of the carpet which we want to avoid, go easy there no matter how bad it is.

Job done? Probably not you might still have a smell once this area dries. A mixture of water/baking soda & white vinegar can neutralise the odour.


2. Coffee

The rise of Starbucks and other mean we are all drinking more coffee. Personally, I prefer a black coffee from Nero’s. The blacker the better but if you get it in your carpet that can be a real problem. What’s worse if you take it with milk that milk can go sour and you get a real smell on the air. What’s a carpet cleaning man to do? Easy. I can jus use my van mounted carpet cleaning system. If you don’t have the luxury of this you could try.

Fairy up liquid and warm water, blot the stain then dry with paper towel. The dry then apply a mixture of water and white vinegar to kill the odour.


3. Red Wine

Haven’t had a glass in ages, however, when I do have a tipple things can get messy. I love this guy Gary V – if you are into your wine check him out.

And if you’ve spilt then here’s how to remove.

Blot the area with a paper towel, the less wine we have to deal with the better, time is important here, don’t let it dry in. We are going to use our trusty white vinegar + fairy liquid + water solution this time. All three in a oner. Wash, blot, dry. Repeat where necessary.

4.  Cat Pee

One of the worst types of carpet issues has to be cat urine.  The smell can really get to you, sometimes it can be hard to spot.  I wrote originally about this in my first blog post and our cat Binky.  A rather sad story and it just outlines why we should have got a professional carpet cleaning company in the first place.

5. Candle Wax

Along with chewing gum candle wax is probably the worst type of stain to get on a carpet.  Of course, there is no smell but that solid wax that forms can be a real pain to remove.  So what’s the best way?

Watch this video – easy when you know how.

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