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Carpet Cleaning 101: Tips to Get Common Stains Out of Your Carpet

There are so many benefits to having the perfect carpet installed in your home. It looks great to the eyes, and feels great to the feet. The problem with having a great carpet, though, is the fear and risk that comes with keeping it clean. Nobody wants to have their amazing carpet ruined by a slip of the hand, a reckless child, or a beloved pet. Luckily, carpets today are made to be more stain resistant than those of the past, but there are still some stains that are tougher to get out. Here are some carpet cleaning tips to get out the most stubborn substances.

Grape Juice

This is the old classic stain. The dreaded grape juice stain. Kids love to drink the stuff, and parents all over San Antonio know the fear of the dark reddish-purple splotches that can ruin a carpet and upholstery forever. The key is to get to the stain as quickly as possible, before it has a chance to set in. Start by blotting it with a paper towel to soak up as much loose liquid as you can. Rubbing will cause the juice to stick even further into the carpet, so always blot. Then, use your favorite commercial carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning product. Spray or pour it on, and let it sit for a few minutes, or for whatever is specified on the bottle. Then, again, blot, don’t rub, the substance. If you can still see purple or red in the wet spot you’ve created, then try it again. Once you think you’ve gotten it all, then let it dry so you can see better. If there’s still juice there, then repeat the process. If you’ve gotten there too late, or if it’s just not coming out, then it might be a good time to call a professional.

Nail Polish

Nail polish landing on carpet from a manicure session gone wrong can also cause a lot of angst. Again, speed is of the essence. The faster you get to it, the easier it will be to clean it up. Before applying any carpet cleaning product to remove the stain, blot up the excess and throw it out. Then, hopefully you have a non-acetone nail polish remover on hand. Do not use an acetone remover, as it could ruin your carpet. Put the acetone nail polish onto a rag and blot the stain. It may take a while, but slowly it should get the colour out. Rubbing alcohol or hairspray are also good options if your carpet is especially dark. Once you’ve finished, you should always clean up the affected spot with some warm water and dish soap to get rid of excess nail polish remover.


Coffee is another frightening one. You may want to sit in the living room and watch the news with your morning coffee, but if you aren’t fully awake, there’s always a risk that an accident can happen. Get to it quickly by spraying a solution of 2 parts water to 1-part vinegar. Be sure not to get it too wet. Once sprayed you can start to blot. Keep repeating this until the stain is gone. After several applications, the floor might be quite wet, so be sure to dry the spot with some more paper towels.

Carpet and upholstery cleaning of common stains doesn’t have to be so frightening anymore. Use these tips to keep your carpet looking great. If all else fails, call a professional to get the job done for you.