Spot Cleaning Methods

Sometimes, regular cleaning is not enough to remove the stain on carpets. If there is a speck of persistent dirt that doesn’t get removed no matter how much you clean it, it may be time for spot cleaning.

What is spot cleaning?

Spot cleaning is when you focus on one area where the stain is concentrated. It is usually done on drips or stains made by hard to remove liquid or materials.

It is usually done on clothing, but it also applies to carpets. The key is to know what type of material your carpet is and what the stain is. This way you can use the right cleaning method and prevent bigger problems from arising.

General Spot Cleaning for Carpets

Cleaning carpets is essentially the same with almost any type of material. But that doesn’t mean that this will be effective on everything. However, some stains may need extra care and attention to be removed.

Here is the first remedy you can do for the carpet that has been stained.

  1. Use a dull knife. No, don’t cut the stained part! Use it to remove any solid matter from the carpet fibre. This will prevent it from seeping deeper into the fabric.
  2. Use a paper towel or white cloth to lift and remove any moisture as much as possible.
  3. Follow the proper procedure for removing the specific stain. We’ll discuss this in the following section.
  4. Work the stain from the edge to the centre. This will prevent the stain from further spreading.
  5. Don’t use a lot of cleaning products or moisture as much as possible.
  6. Let it dry in the air. Don’t use any heat gun or direct heat as it might melt the fibres.


How to remove different stains on your carpet

You will need to have a carpet stain removal kit. This will comprise of the following:

  • White towels
  • White paper towels
  • Plain clean water
  • Soapy water (using a little dishwashing liquid)
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Denatured alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Acetone
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
  • Toothbrush
  • Dull knife
  • Wet and Dry Vacuum

Here’s what you should use for different stains:

Wine/Grape Juice

This is one of the most usual stains on carpets. Time is of the essence when cleaning this stain.

  1. Using the paper towel, blot up the stain.
  2. Do not rub or press it, let the towel pick it up.

Acidic Sauce

These include ketchup and other condiments. Like most stains, time is key to reducing the damage it can do to your carpet.

  1. Do not use a paper towel yet. Use the knife and scrape off any loose stain that is on the surface.
  2. Then soak your paper towel with ammonia and use it to blot the stain.
  3. Don’t reuse the paper towel. Use a fresh one every time until you remove all the stain.


This is a hard stain to remove so you will need a little more patience with it.

  1. If the stain is fresh, use a light-coloured rag to blot out the ink as much as possible.
  2. Then put a small amount of denatured alcohol and use a clean towel to clean again.
  3. If the ink has seeped into the carpet, pour a small amount of denatured alcohol again, and then use the toothbrush to pull it up. Then use a paper towel again to clean it up.
  4. Use the vacuum to clean up the rest. Repeat as needed.

Waxy Stain

These are tough stains which can be from lipstick and other materials. It can be tricky to remove them, but you can do it with proper procedure and patience.

  1. Put some rubbing alcohol on clean white towels.
  2. Rub the stain in one direction so that you can lift the stain without it spreading.
  3. If any stain goes under that carpet fibres, use cotton swabs soaked in the rubbing alcohol to remove them.


Cleaning a carpet is a hard task. But knowing that you can keep it looking good by following these spot cleaning methods, you will save your beautiful carpet and keep it looking nice for a long time.