How to Get Rid of Old Carpet Stains: A Complete Guide

How to Get Rid of Old Carpet Stains: A Complete Guide

We’ve all had it happen before: your guests have 1 glass too many of red wine, and they spill a few drops on your carpet. Or maybe your large and energetic dog rolled in some mud outside and ran inside, just to roll around indoors.

Whatever it was, your carpet no longer looks brand new. Or it might even look worse for wear, but you don’t want to replace it just yet.

Are you wondering how to get rid of old carpet stains so you can breathe new life into yours? Then keep reading. We’ll show you some carpet cleaning tips you can try!

Small Disclaimer

Before we get started, we just wanted to give you a small disclaimer. There are all types of carpet stains out there, as well as carpet materials.

Because of this, you’ll want to try any tips out on a small area first. In the worst-case scenario, what you’ve tried might ruin your carpet, so it’s best to test it out on a small patch first. That way, you’ll be in the all-clear before you apply any tips and tricks to the entirety of your carpet.

Now, without further ado, here’s how to get rid of carpet stains!

Vinegar Solution

Most of you probably have this in your home already, so it’s a very easy DIY solution. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water into a spray bottle and then spray the mixture on the problem area. Let it soak for a while, and then blot it with a paper towel.

You’ll want to repeat this process several times for the best results possible.

If the stain is still there after several tries, sprinkle some baking soda over the area. Leave it for at least 24 hours, then scrape up as much as possible. Then, run a vacuum over the area to get the rest of the powder.

Club Soda

Club soda is very effective against red wine stains, so removing stains will be a cinch here.

Pour just a little bit of club soda onto the red wine stain. Let it sit for a little bit and then blot with a clean towel. Keep doing this until the entire red wine stain is gone.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If you’ve got 3% hydrogen peroxide in the house, you’ll want to give this a try. It can be especially good for coffee stains.

Again, get your spray bottle out and fill it up with hydrogen peroxide. Do not dilute it with water.

Grab some white towels; avoid colored ones because they might stain your carpet even further. You’ll also need an iron and a bowl of water.

First, spritz the area with the hydrogen peroxide. Dip your towel into the bowl of water, wring out the excess water, and then lay it flat across the problem area.

Now get the steam iron and run it across the towel for 20 seconds. Take the towel off and repeat the process with as many white towels needed.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Soap

Hydrogen peroxide can also be effective when mixed with soap, especially for bloodstains.

Instead of using a spray bottle, you’ll want to use a container. Put in 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part soap. After mixing the 2 together, let it sit for a little bit.

Now get a clean cloth, dip it into the mixture, and blot the bloodstain. Repeat this as many times as needed.

After you’ve removed the stain, get a bowl of clean cold water. Use another clean cloth, dip it into the bowl, and work the soap out of your carpet.


Ammonia can be a tough stain remover, but it’s very powerful, so you have to be careful. When using it, you’ll want to mix just 1 tablespoon with an entire cup of water.

Get a clean cloth and blot at the stain with the ammonia solution. Make sure you’re not using this on wool carpet though, as this will damage it.


If none of the above really work, it might be time to bring out the big guns. Bleach should be a last resort because it’s extremely powerful, to the point that it’s very likely it might wreck your carpet.

Mix 1 part bleach to 5 parts water and again, use a clean cloth to blot your carpet stains. This solution should only be used on solution-dyed carpets. All other materials will be damaged if you use bleach on them.

Get a Pro

No matter how much you scrub at an old stain or use the craftiest tips, some just won’t come out. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend the time and effort to get your carpet pristine again.

In any case, you should hire pros for the job, such as TMC Services. Not only can we get those old stains out, but we can also get your house spotless in a short amount of time. You won’t have to lift a finger, which means you’ll be able to spend your free time doing things you love, instead of cleaning!

Now You Know How to Get Rid of Old Carpet Stains

After reading this article, you now know how to get rid of old carpet stains. However, it’s definitely well worth the money spent on cleaning services, as the experts will do it quickly and efficiently.

So save yourself some trouble and have TMC Services over for cleaning. You’ll be amazed at what our hardworking team can do!

Ready to get your home sparkling clean? Then get a personalized cleaning quote from us now. We serve many communities in North Georgia.

TMC Cleaning Services provides exceptional house cleaning and maid services for the following North Georgia areas: Conyers, Covington, Grayson, Jersey, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Monroe, Oxford, Porterdale, Social Circle, Walnut Grove and nearby areas.

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