Erasing the Most Common Stains from your Rugs

When something stains your area rug or carpet it is important to act fast! You want to take care of the mess quickly so that it doesn’t settle and is easier to remove. Because time is so crucial, it is a good idea to know how to handle common stains before they happen.

With most stains you can blot the spot until it is dry, which will prevent the stain from spreading and causing more damage. You never want to rub the stain because this ruins the fibers in your rug or can spread the stain. Once you remove the excess residue,  dampen the spot with cool water and blot it dry again. Never use warm water as this may cause the stain to soak deeper into the rug. The next steps depend on the type of stain.

Pet Stains: Household items may be enough to do the trick. In fact, in most cases, all you need is laundry detergent and water. Mixing 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle typically removes the stains and odors associated with pet stains. However, for particularly tough stains, you may need to purchase a pet specific cleaner. Just make sure the cleaner is approved for your fabric type.


Coffee: Coffee stains can be removed with a few simple household products. All you’ll need is dish washing soap, ¼ of a cup of white vinegar, and 2 cups of water. Mix together in a spray bottle and spray the spot until it is very wet, letting it soak for 5 to 10 minutes.  When the time is up, blot the spot until it’s dry.

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Wine or Juice: These stains can be particularly ugly because they are so dark, but the solution is quick and easy. All you’ll need is a container filled with equal parts laundry detergent and water, a sponge, and a cloth. Dip the sponge into the cleaning solution and blot the spot. Then, dry the spot by blotting it with the cloth. Keep alternating between blotting with a wet sponge and a dry cloth until you are happy with the results.


Mud: We all deal with a little unwanted mud in the house so thankfully it is easy to clean from rugs and carpets. Using a cleaning solution consisting of ¼ of a teaspoon of white vinegar and 4 cups of water you will want to soak the spot and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. When the clock is up, blot the spot until the stain is gone.

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If you can still see the stain after these steps it might just be stubborn enough to call in a professional. They can typically clean up the most relentless of stains for a fair price.