Womans hand reaching for spilled glass of red wine on carpet

The Ultimate Carpet Stain Removal Guide

With any kind of stain, its always best to remember BLOT don’t RUB. The quicker you can get to the stain the greater chance of removal. First port of call should be to contact professionals carpet cleaners. When this is not possible the following guide should cover you in every eventuality (with household ingredients you should have in the home). Always do a test patch, different fibres i.e wool are much more delicate, and should be treated with extra care accordingly.

Key Ingredients that can help tackle most stains:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing powder

Wine Stains

Womans hand reaching for spilled glass of red wine on carpet

A wine spill on the carpet may seem like the worst stain you could get. It’s just as common as coffee spills and stains. We all know how difficult it can be to get wine out of carpets, but there are actually a few ways you can removes such a stain. This can be done with items you probably already have lying around the house.

Apply Salt

If the spill is fresh, you can get up most of it just by using paper towels or some other dry cloth to soak up the majority of the wine. Once you have dried up what you can, you should pour table salt over the spill. Be generous with the salt and let it set for an hour or so. The salt draws the liquid in, absorbing most of what is in your carpet. It won’t work very well on dry stains, so if the spill is too dry, you can add some water to make it easier for the salt to do its work. Once the salt has set for a while, you can vacuum or sweep it up.

Use Dish Soap and Peroxide

You can also use a combination of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide to get up a wine stain. Just be careful only to use this on lighter-coloured carpets. Hydrogen peroxide can slightly bleach fabrics, so you would not want to use it on any dark fabric. Mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a generous squirt of dish soap. This will be enough for most stains, but very large stains will need more of the same ingredients. Then put some of the solution onto a rag or cloth. Blot at the stain, never rubbing. Rubbing can push the wine deeper into the carpet and actually make it harder to get out. Spread your solution across the entire stain and let it set for a few minutes. After the solution has set, you will need to spray it all sown with cold, soapy water, then wipe it up with a cloth dipped in warm water.

It’s a lot of steps to go through, but it will be worth it to have a stain-free carpet once more. If you are worried about your cleaning solution bleaching your carpet; you can always first try a little bit on a portion of the carpet that no one will see.

If you spill paint on your carpet, you might think that you will be left with a permanent discolouration problem. But there is a way, using common items found in most household, that you can completely remove most types of paint from most kinds of carpet. Start by cleaning up whatever you can with paper towels or some other disposable cloth material. You can usually get up the bulk of the paint like this.

Paint Stains

paint brush with blue paint on carpet

Water-Based Paint Stains

Step 1) Blotting will take care of most of a still wet, water-based paint. If it has dried though, then you will need to use hot water and dish detergent. Mix them together and let them set on the spill for a few minutes.

Step 2) This softens the paint and makes it easier to get out. Once it has softened enough, you can use a knife or similar tool to scrape the paint off.

Step 3) This method may not make the paint soften enough for you to scrape it off completely. If that is the case, then use a hand-held steamer to work on the paint as you scrape at it.

Oil-Based Paint Stains

Step 1) Once again, blotting works well to get rid of most of the stain. If you rub at it hard though, you can push the stain deeper into the carpet, so try to avoid that.

Step 2) Make a solution of mild dish detergent and slightly warm water. You should be using one cup of water to one tablespoon of detergent.

Step 3) Start from the outside of the spill and work your way inward. Blot slowly and carefully, only working on small sections at a time.

Step 4) After the entire spill has been blotted, you should let it dry. Once that has happened, you can vacuum up the remainder of the paint.

Pet Stains

dog wee stains

We love our pets, but they certainly can be trouble sometimes. It may seem to be a little harder to love them when they urinate on our carpets, but you don’t have to be mad at them for long (see tips here on how to deal with a naughty cat)


There are some relatively easy ways to we will cover a couple of the best ones right here.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

When you combine hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, you get a great combination that breaks up the crystals contained in pet urine and make it easier to just sweep the mess up. If you are dealing with a small stain- and most pet urine stains are- then you will need to use about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and a cup of baking soda. Start by pouring the baking soda on the stain, making sure to cover all of it. Let that set for just a moment, then add in a mixture of the hydrogen peroxide and just a dash of dish soap. You can then scrub the mixture together into the carpet. Try to rub it hard enough to penetrate the stain but not so hard as to get down deep in the carpet. Let all of that sit for about 15 minutes or so. Once it has set, you can vacuum it up. If the stain is particularly bad, you may need to repeat the steps until it is gone completely.If and odour remains, seek a pet stain and odor removal specialist.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking soda once again pops up as an ideal way to get rid of pet stains. Here you will be using it with vinegar. This solution is particularly good for stains that have been around a little longer that you might have missed when they first happened. Take two cups of vinegar and mix it with two cups of mildly warm water. Add in four heaped tablespoons of baking soda to your mixture and combine it all into a spray bottle. Then just spray your solution over the entirety of the stain. You can let that sit for 15 minutes or so before wiping it up.

Chewing gum is one of the most onerous substances to try to get out of carpet. It can be nearly impossible to removing conventional carpet cleaning methods, so you will have to try a different approach if you want it completely out of your carpet.Its an extremely stubborn stain to remove.

Chewing Gum

removing gum from carpet

Here are a few methods that make use of common household items to make quick work of that chewing gum.

Heating the Gum

Step 1) The goal is to get the gum heated in order to make it pliable. So you will need a hair dryer and a plastic bag or glove for your hands.

Step 2) Heat the gum as much as possible with the hair dryer to make it easier to move. Gum will lose its hold when you heat it up. Only use as much heat as necessary, as using too much can burn your carpet and create unpleasant black spots.

Step 3) Use the plastic bag or glove on your hand to pull the gum out as best you can. Not all of it may come out, so you may need to use other methods for the remainder or just repeat the above steps.

Freezing the Gum

Step 1) This works in exactly the opposite way of the previous method, but the results are similar. You will want some ice, a plastic bag and a spoon or other hard item you can use to scrape with.

Step 2) Then fill your bag with some ice and rub it over the gum. You are trying to make it hard and less sticky with this method.

Step 3) Once the gum is freezing cold you should be able to scrape much of it away with your spoon or knife. You will want to work quickly to get it removed before it becomes sticky again.

Step 4) The initial freezing and scraping may not have gotten rid of all the gum, so just keep using this method until you have it all removed.

Coffee stains won’t usually come out using just regular household cleaners. You are going to have to use a different tactic if you hope to fully remove the stain from your carpet.

Coffee Stains

coffee spill on cream carpet

Step 1

Start by cleaning up as much of the spilt coffee as you can. You can use paper towels, a rag or some other absorbent material to deal with the bulk of it. Use something that is either disposable or won’t easily stain.

Step 2

Now you’re going to have to mix a solution that will handle the coffee stain on a deeper level. The blotting gets up the surface coffee, but it won’t do much for the stain itself. So you will need to mix liquid dish soap with white vinegar. Use about a tablespoon of each of these and then mix them with about two cups of warm, not hot, water.

Step 3

Next, you will have to pour some of the solution onto a cloth. Use that wetted cloth to sponge at the coffee stain. You only want to use a little bit at a time, and make sure that you are drying as you go. What you wet with the solution should start to come up quickly, so you will need to have a dry cloth handy as you work. Just keep at it until the stain is gone. If you are worried about the vinegar and dish soap harming your carpet, you can always use just plain water, but he results aren’t likely to be as effective. For coffee spills that include cream or milk the coffee, you will want to use laundry detergent with enzymes in it when you clean the stained carpet.

Vomit Stains

carpet stain on brown carpet

Vomit not only stains carpets, but it can leave behind a smell that is tough to get rid of. With these easy solutions, you will get rid of the stain and the smell. They are also as bad as removing pet urine stains. Using items most people have in their homes already, you can be rid of the vomit and have a great-looking carpet once more.

Corn Starch

The most common way to get out vomit stains, and also the most effective, is to use corn starch. You will want to start by getting rid of as much of the vomit as possible by scraping it up. You can use a spatula, trowel or other mostly flat item. Then cover the entire stain with corn starch. You can let it set in the carpet for about 15 minutes. This gives it time to absorb the vomit. Next, use a dry cloth and a dry cleaning solution. Apply the solution and blot up what you can. You probably won’t see any remaining stain after this step, but if there is anything left, you can use a mixture of white vinegar (one tablespoon), dish soap (one tablespoon) and warm water (two cups). Apply the solution, then dry everything up with a clean cloth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Most people have hydrogen peroxide on hand to deal with cuts they want to disinfect, but it can also be a great way to get rid of tough stains. Just pour the peroxide onto the entire stain, only using enough to cover the stain. It should react with the stain by fizzing. After it has set for a few seconds, you can dry it up with a cloth. If you are worried at any of these methods will stain your carpet, you can first check out their effects by using them on a small portion of your carpet that is usually covered by furniture or out of sight.

Makeup Stains

makeup on carpet

If you use makeup, then you have probably had a brief flash of worry where you wonder what you will do if you spill makeup on the carpet. When that does happen though, you want to be prepared to getit out without damaging your carpet. Here are the best ways to deal with makeup stains on your carpet.

Makeup Removal Method one

This is sort of a catch-all method for cleaning up makeup. You may not have the right cleaning solution on hand to deal with each particular type of makeup spill. If that is the case, then you can use a dry cleaning solution like Dryel or something similar. It won’t be as effective as using something geared toward handling a specific type of make up. Start by cleaning up as much of the makeup as you can with a scraping or scooping tool. Alternatively, you can dry it up with a cloth. To deal with the remainder, spray some dry cleaning solution onto a cloth. Set the cloth down on the makeup and press it into the stain for about five minutes. You can set something on top of it to hold it in place, if you like. Then blot and rinse with cold water, finishing up by drying everything with a clean cloth.

Removing Makeup Method two

Similar to chewing gum removal make-up spills requires specific stain treatment. The steps you use with each kind are basically the same, so we will start with those. Begin by scraping up as much makeup as you can, then apply your solution to a clean cloth. Don’t soak the cloth entirely, just get it damp. Blot up what you can with the cloth, then rinse the area with water. Dry that up and finish off by vacuuming the now dry area. So here is what you will use to make your solution, depending on what kind of makeup stain you are dealing with.

Other Stains

For nail polish, use nail polish remover that is colourless. For lipstick, you can use rubbing alcohol or paint thinner. For mascara and eyeliner, you can use a mixture of one cup of water with a dash of dishwashing liquid. Finally for liquid foundation, just use hydrogen peroxide. If all else fails then consider calling in the spot and stain removal specialists.


boy laying on blue carpet

How Much Do Professional Carpet Cleaning Services Cost?

What does carpet cleaning cost I head you ask? Well you probably already know that professional carpet cleaning should be booked at least once a year in order to fight allergies, eliminate bacteria, and to simply keep your carpeting fresh. But you probably also wonder if such services are affordable or are a bit on the expensive side.

In this article, you will learn what the average rug cleaning price is, how it’s usually calculated by companies, and whether buying your own carpet machine is a better alternative to hiring a professional like Vale Carpet Cleaning.

What’s the Average Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Your quote will mostly depend on the size, age, location (living room, hallway, bedroom) fabric (wool, suede, linen), and type (kitchen rug, car carpet, etc.) of the carpet that you wish to clean.

The type of treatment you’ve booked, such as hot water extraction (HWE), dry cleaning, and any extra services that may come with them will also be a deciding pricing factor (more on what these services are a bit later). For now, let’s look at the averages for each treatment type:

Hot water extraction cleaning: from £20 (10×10 feet room) to £65 (kitchen & car rugs); Dry carpet cleaning: same price as hot water extraction for 12×12 and 15×15 feet rooms, however individual rug treatment can get expensive (up to £65 or more); Extra services: about £10 to £30 for carpet protection sprays, insecticide control, and other similar treatments, as long as you book them alongside your main carpet service.

carpet cleaning costs

What Goes into Each Carpet Cleaning Method?

Now that you know roughly how much everything costs, it’s time to learn why these services cost as much as they do. Below, we will examine the products and techniques professionals (including those that work at our company) use to restore your carpeting to its former glory.

What to expect from HWE carpet cleaning?

The hot water extraction method is suitable for most types of carpets, synthetic and woollen included. Here is how a certified carpet technician will usually go about this process:

  • The specialist carefully examines your carpet to determine its pH scale.
  • They pretreat the stains with a suitable product, depending on the stain’s type.
  • The expert assembles and uses a special machine to remove dust and grime build-ups.
  • They inject a mixture of hot water and carpet shampoo into the rug’s fibres. At the same time, the stains are also vacuumed to extract dirt and up to 90% of the moisture back.
  • The entire process is repeated with plain water in order to rinse detergent residue away.

Note: However, you could handle some stains yourself, such as removing water spots from anything and everything..

commercial carpet cleaning

What to expect from dry carpet cleaning?

Also labeled as “dry chem cleaning”, this method is suitable for delicate, non-water-resistant fabrics, such as sisal and suede. It’s also worth noting that when comparing dry cleaning to HWE, this technique does not guarantee complete stain removal as it merely refreshes the fabric and makes the spot less visible. In other words, don’t expect this to work on tougher stains like blood, pet urine, or red wine.

Here is how the method works in more detail:

  • The specialist carefully examines your carpet to determine its pH scale.
  • The technician treats the soiled area with a low-moisture cleaning powder.
  • They use a special machine with rotating brushes to get the powder deeper into the rug.
  • After a few minutes, the cleaner vacuums off the powder along with all loosened dirt.

Extra services companies have on offer

It’s common practice for most cleaning companies to upsell you extra services as part of your carpet treatment. The benefit of including these to your booking is that they are usually offered at a discount. So, if you have a dirty carpet that you also suspect is infested, combining both services will be more cost-efficient. Here are two high-end specialised bonus options, offered by the London-based Fantastic Carpet Cleaning Specialists:

ScotchGard treatments: the technician can treat your rug with a special spray that will help reduce wear and tear and provide long-term protection against most types of stains;
Anti-insect treatments: a pest exterminator will arrive to eliminate anything from ants and fleas to carpet beetles using efficient spray- and granule-based insecticides.

Should You Buy a Carpet Cleaning Machine Yourself?

It all boils down to how much you are willing to spend. The market is currently flooded with cheap carpet machines which, however, fare poorly when put to the test. Even if you have extra £200 or £300 to spare for a better model, you will still be unable to achieve the high-end results of end of tenancy cleaning and you will have to keep the following things in mind:

Most models are unwieldy. Unless you bought a hand-held (and less powerful) alternative, your carpet machine will weigh quite a bit and will be a pain to use on stairs;
They can also get costly. The average store-bought carpet equipment needs an abundant supply of water and carpet shampoo in order to deliver the desired result;
They are prone to malfunctions. Since you will use your machine on a regular basis, it will eventually break down and you will have to spend valuable time and money fixing it.

What Are the Advantages of Hiring a Professional?

Expert carpet cleaning services can save you lots of time that you would otherwise spend on researching the best carpet machine for your needs and budget. They also save you the expenses that come with maintaining such a machine.

Secondly, professional carpet technicians are certified and have access to top tier stain removal products and equipment. Certified technicians can safely guarantee to refresh any type of carpeting without causing discolouration, be it of Persian, Indian, Asian, Oriental, South American or any other.

Here are a few extra reasons why you should let someone else handle the cleaning for you:

  • The specialist will use safe methods that are harmless to both pets and small children.
  • They are insured and carry all necessary equipment to begin working upon arrival;
  • They can treat properties with one or up to four or more bedrooms at affordable rates;
  • The techniques and products that the carpet technician uses are designed to deliver satisfying results and revive your carpeting with zero damage to the the fabric.

What You Can Take Away from All of This

As you can see, expert carpet cleaning services are not as expensive as some would lead you to believe, as long as you don’t plan on cleaning all the rugs in your property.

As for the question whether it’s actually worth contacting a cleaning company, the answer is: “it depends”. You can always invest a bit in doing your own spring cleaning hacks too.

Sure, while small spills rarely need professional attention, annual cleaning and tougher stains, like urine or chocolate, are best left in the hands of a seasoned stain technician as they will know how to perform the procedure faster and better than you would with a carpet machine of any make.