9 Carpet Cleaning Stains You Can Remove On Your Own

  • Emulsion Paint

Water Based Paint Stain

Water Based Stains

Emulsion paint is quite easy to remove if you act quickly enough. The first thing you should do when you spill emulsion paint is to scoop up as much of the paint as you can with the help of a spoon or depending how big the spillage is, you may need a flat piece of cardboard to scoop it all off the carpet. Its important to ensure that when you are blotting or scooping up the paint, you don’t end up spreading the paint and making it worse.

First of all, get a clean bucket or basin and put a spot (half a tea spoon) of washing up liquid, if the washing up liquid is green in color be very careful as the dye in washing up liquid can dye your fabrics green.  Add some Luke warm water (NOT HOT) you should have a light soap mixture (not too soapy)

What you need

water based and acrylic paint removerA white hand towel or old clean rag: dunk it into the soapy mixture, slightly squeeze , now start blotting away (don’t scrub! if you scrub you will damage the carpet or fabric) work the stain from the outside inwards making the stain smaller not bigger, once you have blotted up as much paint as possible, repeat, only this time use only luke warm water (NOT HOT). The idea is to eventually dilute the paint so much, that it disappears. Now finally dry the area with a clean white towel by placing the towel over the paint spillage, you’ll need to stand on the towel to absorb the stain or by wet vacuum pick-up if you have one.

This is by far the best advice we can give you for removing emulsion paint, if you still have a little paint in your carpet after a few goes don’t worry, the main thing is you haven’t done any damage to the carpet, you can call us out for stain removal (£50) and we’ll remove the rest for you. Liverpool or the Wirral areas only.


  • Artist Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint Stains

What you need
water based and acrylic paint remover
Water Based Stains

Acrylic paint is a kids favorite and easily removed if attended to immediately, this stain will come out quite easily if you follow our instructions step by step:  It’s the exact same method as emulsion paint above: Only this time you may need to add a little turpentine (table spoon of turpentine to a basin of water) prior to adding the soapy mixture. Other than that it’s the exact same process above.



  • Gloss Paint

Oil Based Gloss Paint Stains

What you need
carpet cleaning liverpoolTurpentine

Oil based stains as we all know are very stubborn to remove. First of all remove any excess paint from the top with a palette knife or scraper. Once the excess paint is removed, you need add a little pure turpentine, one table spoon of turps to a mug of luke warm water (NOT HOT WATER).

Blot the stain with a clean white towel (DO NOT SCRUB). If the paint is already dry, then you could soften it up using a cloth or old clean rag dipped in pure turpentine ….by dabbing away at the paint. Keep agitating away at the paint until the stain is soft and starting to dissolve. The stain will eventually dissipate.

Finally use a clean sponge dipped in soapy luke warm water. Use a wet vacuum pick up to clean the carpet of any chemical smells.


  • Tea Or Coffee

Tea or Coffee Stains

Baking soda is the best ingredient for baking cakes but it is also very good at cleaning some carpet stains too. When your carpets come in contact with any sort of tea coffee or stain act quickly, can’t stress this enough! Use ½ cup of baking soda and sprinkle straight over the wet stain and leave for a few minutes, you will notice that after a few minutes bubbles and foam will start to appear and your coffee stains will start to break-up and rise to the top, what’s just happened is the rising agent in the baking soda is pulling all the stain to the top of the carpet.

At this point pour another cup of cold water over where the stain was: at this point you can start to clean the wet patch. Use a clean white towel by blotting the area gently (DO NOT SCRUB)…now place the clean rag on top of the stain and stand on the rag, this will help lift the remaining elements of the stain, you can repeat this but remember (DO NOT SCRUB) if you have a wet vacuum pick-up then place the nozzle over the stain until completely removed.


  • Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum, candle wax and-Sweets Stains

What you need
ice cube

Two easy ways to remove chewing gum from your carpet without the need for a professional carpet cleaner in Liverpool or the Wirral

  • place an ice cube from the freezer straight on top of the chewing gum and leave for 5 minutes, the idea is to harden the chewing gum until it becomes brittle and breaks up, once the gum has hardened, apply a set of tweezers and gently pick away at the gum until it’s completely removed.
  • the second option is freeze spray: generally used for sprains or strains, apply masking tape around the chewing gum, simply spray the freeze spray directly onto the gum and then apply the tweezers, same as above.


  • Indentations

Carpet lines or indentations

What you need
ice cube

Everyone has at one point noticed these annoying carpet indentations on the carpet, particularly more noticeable when moving around furniture, like coffee tables or sofas, unfortunately these marks will stay there for a long time if not treated. Lay some ice cubes around the indentations on the carpet with spacing around one inch apart, best to do this before bedtime. When you wake-up in the morning your carpet will be as good as new and your carpet pile should be like the rest of the carpet.

Other methods include (portable steamer and firm brush) be very carful with steam cleaners as they can melt carpets.


  • Blood

Blood Stains

What you need
blood remover

Blood stains on your carpet can be permanent if cleaned incorrectly so please follow the step by step guide.

Before you do anything gently pour a cup of cold water over the blood stain, blood has proteins in it and if you try and clean it with warm water or a chemical or worse still a combination of both you could say bye bye to your lovely carpet.

Mix 1/2 cup of soda water and 1 cup of water, apply to the stain within the first few hours or you could be in trouble! remember never use hot water or a chemical or that stain will set in, use a clean sponge and dip it into the mixture, apply straight onto the stain and start blotting the stain BUT DON’T RUB . The soda-water combo will start to fizz, the idea is for the mixture to get underneath the blood stain and lift it to the top. PLACE TOWEL ON TOP OF STAIN AND STAND ON TOWEL but do not rub, repeat this process several times until the stain is completely gone.


  • Red Wine

Red Wine Stains

What you need
carpet cleaning liverpool
When cleaning red wine from you carpet you need to be very careful not to set the stain into the carpet, this can be done very easily using the wrong cleaning methods.

What I would like you to to do is start Blotting the spillage with a white towel.

Mix 1/2 teaspoon washing-up liquid and 1 full cup of hydrogen peroxide (no peroxide use cold water) into a small pot. Place a clean sponge into the mixture, squeeze the sponge slightly, then gently start blotting the stain. Repeat this process until the stain lifts. Dry by standing on towel.


  • Urine

Cat and Dog Urine

What you need
vinegar spray

Cat and Dog urine is never easy to remove, If not cleaned immediately the urine will burn into the fibers of your carpet and leave a nasty ring around the stain that will NEVER come out! once that urine eventually dries you’ve had it…..no matter what you do, so be warned you have to attend to cat and dog urine straight away.

I will show you a quick and easy method for cleaning dog urine.

By following these methods below should leave your carpet stain and odor free.

Firstly, place a white strong absorbent kitchen roll-towel over the urine stain, stand on top of the kitchen roll and repeat the process until you have absorbed as much of the urine as possible (DO NOT SCRUB). This will prevent the urine from seeping into your carpet underlay, which is another problem altogether (see below for underlay problems)

Secondly, mix a ratio of 20/80 white vinegar and (cold water 80%) and shake into a clean spray bottle, remember to shake well for a few seconds. Put the spray bottle onto fine mist setting and NOT jet spray, Spray several squirts onto the urine and then reapply the kitchen towels again, once more stand on the kitchen towels until absorbing the 20/80 eliminator spray. Reapply once only, but don’t rub and DON’T over wet the effected area.

Thirdly, let the carpet dry naturally for 30 minutes then reapply with kitchen towels ONLY, the reason you leave it for 30 minutes is: after 30 minutes the moisture in your carpet will start to rise to the top of the carpet pile and then you can simply blot dry away.

Okay, what NOT to do:

  • DON’T apply heat from a hairdryer to the stain at anytime this will set in the proteins in the urine!
  • DON’T use a hand held steam cleaner on the stain at any time unless it has a vacuum on it, as this could also set in the proteins in the urine.

For best best results use a wet vacuum pickup ASAP or if your in Merseyside, give us a call. 0151-384-5700.

Please note: All tips and advice on this page are at owners own risk, we strongly advise testing out these methods on a area of the carpet out of sight or in the corner of the room.
We will not be held responsible for any attempted stain removal “gone wrong” which can easily happen!

We will certainly try and help our customers to save some money using these home remedies but the stark realty is that it will never be as professional as when we clean it!

Good Luck!