Remove Ugly Spots on a Carpet: Mark's Carpet Cleaning

Remove Ugly Spots on a Carpet: Mark's Carpet Cleaning
Remove Ugly Spots on a Carpet: Mark's Carpet Cleaning

Spot removal from a carpet can be simple or tedious depending upon the spot and how long it has been on the carpet. At times many applications of the spot removal solution, or a second solution is needed. Listed below is a general spot removal procedure. If the origin of the spot is not known, begin with step 1. If the cause of the spot is known begin at the appropriate step. Never use a circular motion to remove a spot as this changes texture.

To prevent the spot from wicking, the final step should always be to rinse with clear water, blot dry and put a white cotton terry cloth towel over the damp area.

Put a book, or other suitable weight object on the towel to keep the towel in contact with the surface. This causes any stain wicking up from the backing to go into the towels rather than remain on the carpet surface. Allow to dry, remove the heavy object and towels and brush up the pile.

We do not just clean your carpets. We make them stay clean for longer Unlike other carpet cleaning companies in Melbourne, we do not just pressure-wash the carpets, instead, we make sure that the spots and stains do not reappear once the carpets are dry.

**Be sure to test, on a hidden area of the carpet any solutions you plan to use as it might affect color or texture. Do not continue if color in the test area marks off on a cotton ball.
Some products to have available to remove spots:

  1. White paper towels or terry towels (white).
  2. Powdered laundry detergent without bleach
  3. Spray bottle for applying detergents and special solutions such as white vinegar or Household ammonia solutions.
  4. Ammonia, vinegar and isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
  5. Spoon and dull knife.
  6. Heavy item such as a brick.

General Procedure:


Unknown and greasy spots.

Step 1: Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white towel or scraping with a spoon. Apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol or a dry cleaning solvent to a clean paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the carpet fibers use a blotting action until the spot is no longer present or no color is transferred to the cloth.

Do not allow the solvent to penetrate into the backing, as this will damage the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular action to clean a spot as this may destroy the carpet texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to step 3.

Water based spots.

Step 2: Absorb as much of the spill as is possible. A wet/dry vacuum is useful if a large amount of liquid was spilled. If spot has dried, saturate the tufts in the area with tap water (do not over wet ).

Allow to remain for around 1 minute and blot. If the spot is being removed using water, continue until the stain is completely removed. Blot dry and apply the paper towels and brick. If the stain is not completely removed go to step 3.

Step 3: Remove as much of the material as possible by blotting with a paper towel. Apply a small quantity a detergent* solution to the area. Use a blotting action to work the detergent into the carpet pile.

If stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a paper towel until the spot is removed. Flush the area with only water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture, spray lightly with plain water, do not blot this time; apply stack of paper towels and book and allow to dry.

If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then dampen the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for one (1) hour.

Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to revert back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with a book or heavy object.

*To make a detergent solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon of Non Bleach Tide (or similar) powdered laundry detergent, with 1 quart of water, or use approved carpet spotters available.

Many stains require special treatments.

A. Blood, catsup, cheese, chocolate, cough syrup, mixed drinks, soft drinks, soy sauce, starch, toothpaste, watercolor and white glue.

For large spills use a Shop-Vac to remove the bulk of the spill. If just a small amount was spilled blot with a towel to soak up as much of the spot as possible then neutralize with a solution of 1 tablespoon of clear Household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water. Saturate spot using spray bottle. Don't saturate the carpet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, begin with step 3 of the removal guide. All solutions for removing blood should be cool.

B. Beer, coffee, perfume, tea and wine.

For big spills use a WetDry vacuum to suck up the majority of the spill. If only a small amount was spilled, blot with a white towel to remove as much of the spot as possible, then neutralize with a solution of 1/3 cup of vinegar, 2/3 cup of plain water. Apply to the spot, using a sprayer bottle and blot to remove excess moisture. After the area has been neutralized, go to step 3 of general procedure.

C. Egg, excrement, urine, and vomit.

Remove as much of the spot as possible by using a spoon or dull knife. Soak up as much of the spot as possible, then neutralize the area by spraying the affected area with an ammonia solution. Make sure to remove all protein matter. Blot to remove excess liquid and go to step 3 of the general procedure.

D. Candle Wax

Spread brown paper (such as grocery bag, making sure there is no ink on the area you will be using) over the area and iron with the setting on "warm.". The wax will be transferred to the paper or towel. You will need to replace the paper as it absorbs up the wax. Remove any traces with rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid. DO NOT use an iron on Olefin. Olefin is a fairly raw oil base byproduct and it is very easy to melt with heat.

E. Bubble Gum.

Freeze the gum using an ice cube. Break up the frozen gum with a spoon and vacuum. Some citrus based products Like De-Solv-It? by Orange-Sol have been shown to break down the stickiness of gum so that it can be removed.

F. Mud.

Let mud dry completely. Break up the dried mud with the handle of a knife and vacuum. Go to step 3 of the general procedure.

G. Rust.

Apply lemon juice to the area, using a spray bottle, and allow to work for 5 minutes. Go to step 3 of instructions to remove the lemon juice. Most rust removers contain a strong acid and are not suggested for use by homeowners.

H. Nail Polish.

Remove as much of the nail polish as possible using a dull knife. Apply a non-oily nail polish remover to a clean white cloth and agitate (in only one direction at a time) or blot the spot. Continue until stain is removed. Do not allow nail polish remover to get to the backing. Go to step 3 to remove the nail polish remover.