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The Most Common Carpet Stains – And How to Remove Them

How to remove carpet stains

Coffee, tea and red wine appear to be our carpet’s biggest foes. An AC Nielsen survey for a carpet manufacturer in New Zealand found that almost one-third of those who responded said one of those three liquids were the cause of their latest carpet stain.

Those with toddlers said 19% of their stains came from “accidents” and someone getting sick. Soft drinks, beer and juice came in at 18%.

Regardless of what caused the miscue, the number one rule is to act fast. The longer a spill stays on the carpet, the harder it is to remove.

When dealing with spills or accidents, follow these simple rules:

  • Blot liquids with paper towel or clean white cloth. Never rub!
  • Scoop solids from carpeting.
  • Dilute liquid stains with water, but don’t overdo it. Sediments in water can leave a stain behind. Re-blot.
  • If necessary, use a stain remover recommended by your carpet’s manufacturer or your professional carpet cleaning company.

If the stain persists, contact us as soon as possible.


This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of Stone and Tile PRO Partners.