Struggling with unsightly and stubborn carpet stains? In this guide we share effective ways to get stains out of carpets and keep your carpets looking like new.

How to Get Stains Out of Carpets?

Are your carpets looking less than their best? In this article, we’re sharing the most effective ways to get stubborn and unsightly stains out of carpets.

How to Get Stains Out of Carpets?

Carpets provide comfort and warmth to our homes and vehicles, as well as a touch of elegance. But in busy households, carpets are susceptible to stains and spills, which can be difficult to deal with. Whether it’s muddy footprints, a split glass of wine or a cup of coffee, stains can ruin the look of your carpet.

In this simple-to-follow guide, we’ll guide you through the process of effectively getting stains out of your carpets and explain how to keep them looking clean and tidy.

Tips for Removing Stains from Carpets

When it comes to tackling carpet stains, different stains or spills require different approaches. However, there are some steps you should follow as soon as you notice an unsightly mark on your carpet.

Take Swift Action

Acting quickly is the key to the successful removal of stains on carpets. The longer you leave a stain or spill, the harder it becomes to remove.

If you notice a spill on your carpet, you should immediately gently blot the area with a clean white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. You should work from the outside edge of the stain towards the centre to prevent spreading the stain.

Make sure you blot and don’t rub the spill, as this could work the stain further into the carpet fibres.

Use Carpet Stain Remover

Once you have soaked up as much liquid as possible, you should spray the remaining stain with a carpet stain remover, following the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Most carpet remover products need to be left for around 10 minutes to set into the stain.

Some carpet stain removers are specifically targeted towards certain types of stain, so it’s worth thinking about this before purchasing to make sure you get the right one for your household.

Blot the Stain

Once the carpet stain remover has set in for the manufacturer’s suggested amount of time, blot the stain using a clean, white, absorbent cloth, working from the outside of the stain into the centre. Repeat this blotting process until the stain no longer transfers onto the cloth.

How to Remove Different Types of Stains from Carpets?

Now you know the immediate steps you should take to get spills out of your carpets, we’re sharing our tips for tackling some of the most common stains you’re likely to encounter.

The first step is to identify what the stain is, and then you can choose the best method to remove it.

Blood Stains

Blood stains can be challenging to get out of carpets, but with the right approach, they can be removed effectively. The first step is to act quickly by blotting the stain with a clean white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much of the blood as possible.

The next step is to mix cold water and a mild detergent and use it to gently blot the stain, working from the outside into the centre. Never use hot water on blood stains as it can set the stain.

If the blood stain persists, you can try a mix of one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts cold water using the blotting technique to ensure you don’t rub the stain further into the carpet fibres.

Coffee or Tea Stains

As with blood stains, the key to tackling coffee and tea stains is acting quickly and taking a professional approach. You should start by gently blotting the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to soak up as much of the tea or coffee as possible without spreading it further. Next, mix ¼ teaspoon of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Use this to blot the stain working from the outside in.

If the stain persists after applying this mixture, follow it with a mix of mild dishwashing soap and water and repeat the blotting process. Although it can be tempting to scrub at the stain, you should avoid doing this as it can damage the carpet fibres and work the stain further in.

Wine Stains

If you spill wine on the carpet, it’s best not to panic. Although a wine stain can look bad, with the right approach it can usually be removed with ease.

As with other stains, the key is to act quickly and blot up as much liquid as possible using a clean white cloth or paper towel. After this, simply dampen a cloth with water and use this to blot at any remaining residue.


If you have pets, then there is a good chance that, at some point, they will have an accident on your carpet. As soon as you notice the mess, you should act quickly to blot the stain with a clean cloth. Next, prepare a mix of equal parts water and white vinegar and apply it to the stain using a gentle blotting action. It’s important to make sure the solution penetrates the carpet fibres to remove all of the urine.

To neutralise any residual odour, sprinkle baking soda over the stain and let it sit for several hours or overnight.

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Carpets

Now you have the know-how to remove some of the most common stains from your carpets, here are some top tips to help you maintain your carpets in the best condition:


  • Vacuum Regularly – You should vacuum at least once a week to remove dirt, dust, and debris that can build-up and lead to stains. Vacuuming is the key to keeping your carpets in their best condition.
  • Use Doormats – Placing doormats at entryways helps trap dirt and debris from shoes before they enter your home. This helps prevent outdoor contaminants and mud from getting onto your carpets.
  • Clean Spills Immediately – Acting quickly is the key to effectively cleaning up spills and accidents. You should always blot the affected area with a clean, white cloth or paper towel and avoid rubbing, which can work the stain deeper into carpet fibres making it harder to remove.
  • Use Rugs – In busy areas or under dining tables, you can use rugs to protect the carpet beneath from spills and stains. Rugs are easier to clean than carpets and can be replaced if necessary.


How Espresso Car Wash Can Help?

Although we have focused on how to keep your home’s carpets clean, you shouldn’t forget about the cleanliness of your car’s carpets.


Espresso Car Wash is New Zealand’s leading professional hand wash & grooming provider. Our approach to cleaning your car’s interior is personalised for each vehicle, addressing its unique needs. So you can be confident that we will be able to revitalise your car carpets.

Book online or visit your nearest Espresso Car Wash branch today to revitalise the inside of your treasured vehicle.


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