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How to remove old stains from carpets

When removing stains from carpets, we should never forget to 'BLOT.' Do not scrub, brush or wipe; this will potentially spread the spill and ruin your carpets. As a professional carpet cleaning company, we find several stains that homeowners find particularly stubborn and hard to remove.

This blog will advise you on the best way to remove these stains without calling a professional, although we recommend you contact a stain removal specialist if you have any doubts.

Red Wine.

This is a very common stain; red wine contains an anthocyanin pigment, which can be extremely difficult to remove. You could try a 50/50 mix of warm water and white wine vinegar when trying to remove.

Firstly dab the spill with a kitchen cloth to remove the excess, and then dampen a white cloth (like a terry towel) in the cleaning solution and dab the stain. Do not saturate the wine stain; you want to remove the colour gradually. Try not to over saturate with the cleaning solution as it could reach the carpet's backing and damage it.

If you find that the solution has done what it was meant to do, you could sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda over the damp area and leave it to absorb any moisture, then hoover the residue when dry.

Cooking oil.

We don't get calls for cooking oil very often, but we find that people will try to clean with copious amounts of water and washing up liquid, leaving their carpets sodden and greasy.

Scrap as much oil from the carpet as possible using a tablespoon (try not to spread). Use a mild mix of washing up liquid or kitchen degreaser (must not contain bleach) to around 10ml per 1 litre of warm water (do not foam up).

Place a white cloth into the solution and wring out until there is no water left. Open the damp cloth and place it over the oily spill. Place a little pressure on the terry cloth to break down the oil and allow it to draw from the carpet fibres. Repeat the process as many times as required.

Soft drinks.

All soft drinks contain dyes that will cause issues when trying to remove them. Treat the stain as if it is red wine. Using the same process can eliminate soft drink sugars and dyes, but you will probably need to employ a professional as we use specialist dye removing solutions.

Coffee or Tea.


Blot any excess fluid from your carpet using a kitchen cloth or a white terry towel. Do not overuse the terry cloth; keep folding the towel and avoid using a dirty cloth area; you don't want to spread the stain. Using the white wine vinegar and water solution, dab the stain gently, do not push it into the carpet fibres. Repeat the process until the colour has gone.


Remove any excess from the top of the carpet's fibres with the back of a knife or spoon. When you have lifted as much as possible, you could try nail varnish remover, but be aware that this could permanently damage your carpet.

Dab the nail varnish remover in small amounts in an inconspicuous area of the room, behind a door or under furniture that never gets moved. If the fibres do not discolour after a few minutes, you could attempt on the stain, but we wouldn't recommend it.

Dog urine.


We all love our pets, but unfortunately, they don't know the damage they cause when peeing on a carpet.

Dog urine is acidic, and this acidity will discolour your carpets. Depending on the amount of urine and the dwell time, the only thing we can suggest is to blot as much as possible with an absorbent kitchen towel.

You will never remove all the urine. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda or baking powder when you have finished blotting the area. Leave the powder of your choice on the fibres for a minimum of fifteen minutes, and vacuum the residue. Allow to dry thoroughly, and then use a spray air freshener of your choice to eliminate any urine smell.

A professional will use a hot water extraction machine, warm acidic rinse and deodoriser.

Be aware that the urine may have penetrated through to the underlay; you will need to replace the underlay if this has happened.

Wax or crayons.

Melted wax or crayons are not as difficult as people think; they just don't want to take a chance. The best DIY method is to place an ice cube on the wax and allow it to freeze. This will make the wax brittle and easy to remove.

Break the frozen wax with a fork and hoover the break-off bits.

Repeat the process until entirely removed. Most melted waxes or crayons will stick to the carpet fibres. We would use our specialist solutions, hot iron and greaseproof paper as a professional carpet cleaning company.

We do not recommend anyone try this, as if the iron touches the carpet fibres, it will melt and damage the carpet beyond repair.


Firstly when it comes to blood, you should never try to remove it. Leave it to the professionals. As a specialist carpet cleaning company, we have been trained to extract blood and other bodily fluids. Blood and bodily fluids can contain several contaminants, including HIV and HEPITITUS.

The professional of your choice should wear double disposable gloves, a suit, and a face mask and use specialist solutions to remove any blood from your carpets.

After the cleaning has been completed and any risk has been contained, your professional will disinfect their extraction machines to ensure that the potential risk of contaminants is not spread.

JDee Clean & Safe are fully qualified in the removal process and hold an Advanced Level Certificate in the removal of bodily fluids and contaminated matter. (ATLC)

The golden rules of any carpet stain removal.

Act as fast as you can! The longer you leave a stain or spill, the harder it will be to remove.

Do not scrub! Scrubbing a spill or stain will cause it to spread. Always blot and/or scrape any excess and then dab and blot.

Always test in an inconspicuous area of the room!

If in any doubt, call the professionals. We are fully trained in what we do, and we can advise on the best action to take. If these actions are not practical, we can arrange a visit and use our specialist spotting kits to remove any spills or stains.

Final note: Although we are fully trained in what we practice, all carpets are not the same, and not all stains can be removed, but acting fast at the time of the spill, we can ensure you that we will remove as much of stains and spills as possible preventing further damage or discolouration.

Using a hot water extraction machine, all the solutions and rinses we use will be extracted from your carpets, leaving them at a safe Ph level.

Check out our videos on our youtube channel for handy tips and to see how we

remove stains and spills using specialised solutions and hot water extraction.

Visit our Stains and Spills removal page and see how we can help you!

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