How to Remove Stains from Rugs

Detailed Guide to Removing the Toughest Stains from Rugs

While the easiest way to avoid rug stains is buying one of our beautiful washable rugs, we’ve also put together the following detailed guide to removing the toughest stains from non-machine washable rugs you may already own.

Stains on a rug are a nightmare for most individuals. Whether it is muddy footprints, coffee stains, wine stains, or just a pet mess, the usual cleaning methods will not suffice. In most cases reacting quickly can help ensure that there is no lasting visible stain. Sometimes, however, the stain is only seen several hours or days after the incident. Here are a few ways to remove even the most stubborn stains off your rug without breaking a sweat!

Coffee Stains

Coffee stains can leave a nasty yellowish-brown stain if not removed appropriately.

Step 1 – Use a dry piece of cloth or a sponge to blot the coffee. You must make sure that you don’t spread the coffee around the carpet while blotting it out. Once the piece of cloth is saturated with the coffee, use another piece of cloth to ensure that the carpet is completely dry.

Step 2 – Despite your quick response, there is a good chance that a stain is still present on the carpet. Use vinegar, water, and bleach to create a solution in a spray bottle. Spray it over the region of the stain. Blot out the region using a sponge and wash it repeatedly with warm water. Repeat these steps a few times until the stain disappears.

Red Wine and Similar Stains

Stains from ink, beverages, red wine, dyes, and paint are a fairly common occurrence.

Step 1 – Blot out as much of the red wine as you can using a cloth or sponge. Apply cold water and repeat until you are satisfied.

Step 2 – Mix a spoonful of dishwashing or cleaning liquid and one spoon of white vinegar with a couple of cups of lukewarm water. Wet the stain with the mixture and use a dry cloth or sponge to blot the liquid. Finally, use cold water to dilute the stain. Repeat the steps until the stain is fully removed.

Pet Stains

Regardless of how well-trained your cute four-legged friend is, stains are a fairly common occurrence with a pet at home.

  • Use gloves to remove any solid messes. For wet ones, the blotting method can be used to ensure the rug is stain-free.
  • In many cases, you’ll see that pet stains have already dried up on your rug. A special carpet cleaning solution can be very handy in these situations.
  • You can also check for old urine stains by switching off the lights in the room and using a black light. Outline these areas with chalk. To eliminate the smell and stain completely, you require a different approach. Avoid using ammonia-based solutions to clean urine stains, since your pet may want to pee at the same spot owing to the smell of ammonia (since urine contains ammonia). Use a mixture of one cup of warm water and one cup of vinegar and spray it around the stained spot. Use the blot technique to soak the area until the stain and smell disappear. Finally, put some baking soda on the region and leave it for about 24 hours. Vacuum thoroughly, and your rug should be as good as new!

Oils, Fats, and Wax

Fat and oils can be easily removed from your rug with the help of a paper towel. Place the paper towel over the affected area on the rug, and then iron it at a warm temperature. The oil, fat, or wax will stick to the paper and are easily removed from the rug.

As you can see, most stains can be removed using some simple household items and quick action. However, if you would like to be truly free of this problem, be sure to check out our amazing collecting of designer and machine washable rugs today!