Carpet cleaning stain removal tips

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Don’t panic! These handy cleaning hacks will save the day


Cover the stain with bicarbonate of soda to soak up the moisture. Remove excess, then rub in some more bicarb, leave for 15 minutes, then vacuum up.


Spread shaving cream on the stain then rub it with a clean, damp sponge. Add a little more water to rinse, leave to dry, then vacuum up.

No shaving foam to hand? Use hairspray instead. Spray on then blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until it is removed, then dab the area with a damp towel.

Red wine

Blot with a clean cloth and cold water. Cover in salt. Leave for 15 minutes, spoon up as much excess salt as you can then vacuum the rest.

Tea or coffee

Blot (don’t scrub) as much as possible. Mix 1 tbsp of washing-up liquid, one tbsp of white vinegar and two cups of lukewarm water. Dip a clean sponge in the mixture and use to blot the stain out. Repeat until the stain disappears.


Blot with a kitchen towel, cover the stain with bicarbonate of soda then drench the stain with cold water. Blot with a towel until dry.


Blot with kitchen paper. Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and pour on to the stain before blotting dry with a towel. Follow with a squirt of DIY fabric freshener to eliminate any bad smells.

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Leave to dry then vacuum the excess. Mix 1 tsp of washing-up liquid with one cup of lukewarm water. Dip a clean cloth in the solution then blot the stain out.

Fizzy drinks and juice

Blot as much of the liquid out as possible with a paper towel. Dampen the stain with lukewarm water using a spray bottle or a sponge. Blot up the water. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Wet water-based paint

Simply blot (don’t scrub) the paint with a wet paper towel until it’s removed.

Dry paint

Soften the paint by dampening with a solution of hot water and washing-up liquid. Let the solution sit for five minutes, then scrape away with a blunt knife. Add some more solution and scrape until the stain has gone.


Cover the stain with cold water, squeeze a little washing-up liquid onto the stain then gently rub it using a cloth. Leave for a few minutes then rinse the area with cold water.


Remove any excess. Cover the stain with bicarbonate of soda, leave for 15 minutes then vacuum up. If the stain is still there, mix 1 tbsp of washing-up liquid with 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with the solution. Blot with a kitchen towel until dry.

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Tomato sauce or curry sauce

Mix 1 tbsp of washing-up liquid and one tbsp of white vinegar with two cups of water. Blot the stain using the solution then blot up the excess water with a clean and dry cloth.

Nail polish

Cover the stain with hairspray or window cleaning spray and let it soak in for a few minutes. Wipe away using a cloth dipped in cold water. Often left with spare nail polish? See our clever upcycling hack for using it up.

Pet hair

Vacuum the area as much as possible. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and rub the carpet, bringing the hair into clumps for easy disposal. You could also use a squeegee.

Furniture dents in carpets

Place an ice cube on the dented spot. Once melted, fluff the area with a fork or an old toothbrush to allow the fibres to expand. Pat the area with a cloth to dry.

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