When it comes to having carpets in your home, spills and stains are inevitable. Whether you’re entertaining guests or just a normal day in your household, there is no way of avoiding those unexpected messes. Knowing the 6 most common carpet stains and how to remove them quickly can mean the difference between returning your carpet to its original beauty or being stuck with an unsightly stain for years to come.

Whatever the stain, immediately remove the excess

Whatever stain you are dealing with on your carpets, the first step is to immediately remove as much access as possible. Do this using a clean, white towel or paper towel. Never use colored towels as the color could transfer to the carpet. Always blot, never scrub. Scrubbing can ruin the carpet fibers and let the spill soak through to the carpet pad.


When cleaning up blood stains, always use cold water. Warm and hot water will cause the blood to adhere to the fabric in the carpet. Rather, apply cold water and blot with a clean white cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Coffee or tea

After removing the excess, the best way to remove coffee or tea stains is to apply a safe carpet cleaner as directed. Repeat applications may be necessary depending on the severity of the spill.

Dirt and mud

Dirt and mud should be allowed to dry before you vacuum it up. Repeat the vacuuming process several times before applying an approved carpet cleaning solution and following the directions.

Pet accidents

From vomit, to urine, to feces, pet accidents happen. When that accident is on carpet, it can be extra stressful. As always, remove the excess and apply an enzymatic cleaner, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This type of carpet cleaning product uses enzymes to eliminate both the stain and odor.

Wine or juice

After blotting up the excess, you can add a small amount of water to dilute the wine or juice and keep blotting until the color of the stain is less vibrant. Then, apply a carpet stain remover according to the directions. Never saturate carpet with water, as it can cause the padding to become wet.

Nail polish

Nail polish on your carpet from the latest manicure isn’t the end of the world! After removing the excess, blot the area with a clean rag dipped in acetone-free nail polish remover.

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It’s important to note that different types of carpets may require different methods for stain removal, and it’s always best to test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet before applying it to the stain.

Carpet Creations offers a wide range of accessories needed to properly care for your carpets to ensure its beauty and long life. Accessories range from cleaning products to approved vacuums.

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