Cleaning Carpets & Rugs: How to Remove Stubborn Stains

After some surprising results with the use of white vinegar to get rid of coloured pencil off a white fabric tub chair: Removing stains from laundry & fabrics, I wanted to try it out on various stains on carpets and rugs.

As I like to use natural products, I will always try the most economic solutions first and often find they work the same, or even better then more expensive chemical alternatives. For any stain removal I first try soda crystals or white vinegar.

Stain Removal with soda crystals: Create a paste by mixing with water and then gently rub onto the carpet or rug with a clean dry cloth. I find soda crystals are brilliant for freshening up carpets or rugs, but often don’t remove more stubborn stains. Soda crystals can also be sprinkled on to carpet to soak up any damp areas and then vacuumed up- this will also remove any unwanted odours.

Stain removal with white vinegar: I use a vinegar spray (Stardrops White Vinegar Spray) so it can be simply sprayed directly on to the stained area. To create your own just mix half water and half white vinegar into a spray bottle. Once stain has been sprayed, loosen it by gently scrubbing with a toothbrush or scrub brush and then use a clean dry cloth and gently rub carpet or rug for stain removal. Don’t worry about the strong vinegar smell- this wont last! If you really can’t stand it, you could try mixing with essential oils or fruit peels. Look below for some fab results, they are muddy stains from a pair of busy dogs!

I then tested the white vinegar spray on some stubborn food stains- baked bean juice I think! This didn’t lift the stain as well so I tried a cleaning product with ammonia.

Stain removal with ammonia: I have actually purchased a cleaner with ammonia (my favourite is made by Stardrops) but it is simple enough to make a solution up, – 4 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent and 1 tablespoon ammonia. Apply solution or cleaner to the affected area- leave to soak for more stubborn stains. Once ready to remove, gently loosen the stain with a brush such as a tooth brush and then gently rub stain using a clean dry cloth to lift stain. Below is an example of using the ammonia cleaner to remove baked bean stains.

I hope these stain removal tips will help you with your stubborn stains. Please remember to complete a spot check before applying any products- you don’t want to end up with further stains or discolouration! Just to let you know- I am not paid/endorsed by the makers of Stardrops, I just enjoy using their products! If you have any further tips please comment below. Happy cleaning- Jottie