How To Remove Stains From Carpet

Carpets add warmth and style to our homes, but they're also magnets for stains from spills and accidents.

But don't let unsightly blemishes ruin your lovely rugs! You can banish even stubborn stains with the right techniques and keep your carpets looking fresh.

In this Hoover guide, we'll talk you through everything you need to know about removing stains from your carpet.

How to get stains out of carpet

The first step in removing stains from a carpet is to act as quickly as possible.

As soon as a spill happens, blot up as much liquid as possible with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel. The quicker you treat the stain, the better your chances of complete removal.

Here are some trusted methods for tackling different types of carpet stains:

Removing rug stains

For general stains on rugs, make a solution of one teaspoon of mild detergent and one teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with warm water. Use a clean sponge or cloth to gently blot the stain with the solution, taking care not to rub it and spread the stain further. Rinse the stain with clean water and then blot it dry.

For synthetic rugs, you can also try using a small amount of rubbing alcohol applied with a clean cloth to help break down oils and grime.

How to get spots out of carpet

Greasy food stains or makeup spills can leave pesky spots on carpet fibres. Sprinkle some baking soda directly on the stain and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up. The baking soda will help absorb and lift oils and pigments. 

How to get tea stains out of carpet

Those unsightly brown tea or coffee rings don't have to be permanent! Make a mixture of one part white vinegar and one part water. Dip a sponge or cloth into the solution and dab it onto the stain, blotting frequently until it is gone.

How to remove lipstick from carpet

Lipstick can leave bright reddish-pink smears that are tricky to budge. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or non-greasy hairspray directly to the lipstick stain and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. This will help loosen and re-moisten the lipstick so you can blot and scrape it off more easily. Follow up by sponging with warm, soapy water.

How to get brown stains out of carpet

For set-in dirt, mud, or other trodden-in brown discolourations, make a paste by mixing some hydrogen peroxide with a sprinkle of dry baking soda. Gently rub it into the stain using a soft brush, then rinse thoroughly with clean water and blot dry. The peroxide helps lift stains, while the baking soda provides mild abrasion.

How to remove marks from carpet

Furniture dents and scuffs can leave unsightly carpet marks. To revive those beaten-down fibres, simply mist the area with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, then hit it with a blast of steam from your iron, being careful not to let the iron directly touch the carpet. The moisture and heat will re-fluff and lift the crushed fibres. 

With these stain-busting tricks up your sleeve, you'll be able to keep your carpets and rugs looking spotless and vibrant for years to come!

To ensure your carpets and rugs are always as clean and fresh as possible, explore the range of vacuum cleaners at Hoover. From upright vacuums to cordless vacuums and cylinder vacuums, we have all the options you need to keep your floors and carpets looking their best.