How to Remove Common Carpet Stains

You’re so careful with your beautiful new rug, but then you host a party and someone accidentally spills something. No need to panic. Here are some suggestions to tackle carpet stains with easy home remedies.

Some general rules to follow:

  • Clean the stain immediately, to prevent permanent staining
  • Blot – never scrub – the area with paper towels to remove as much of the spill as possible
  • Choose the right solution for cleaning
  • Use a water bottle to spritz small amounts of start remover at a time so it dries thoroughly and quickly

Most basic stains can be cleaned with simple a home formulas: blot the area with club soda, and if needed, a small amount of soapy water, then rinse and pat dry.

There are some situations that might need a little more attention:


Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water. Then blot with soapy water, rinse and pat dry.

Greasy foods:

Layer paper towels on the stain. With an iron on the lowest setting, press down on the paper towels to absorb the oiled grease. Then clean with a solution of white vinegar, soap and warm water.


Moisten the carpet, blot with dish soap and water, then pat dry.

*For stubborn stains:  apply a few drops of dry cleaning solvent or make-up remover.

Wax and Gum

Wrap ice in a cloth and place it over the wax or gum until it hardens. Scrape off stubborn spots before they soften.

If these home remedies don’t work to your satisfaction, call a professional like Nap’s Maintenance Service to tackle these complicated stains.



With over 45 years of experience, Nap’s Maintenance Service, Inc., has established a reputation for solid service in the Attleboro area. Nap’s offers a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential maintenance services, establishing a solid person-to-person relationship with each of our customers. If any of these stain removal processes don’t work for you, call Nap’s Maintenance Service to learn more about our in-depth, heavy-duty carpet cleaning treatments.