DIY Carpet Cleaning

So you’ve spilled something on your carpet…what next? Whatever you do, DON’T panic. To remove a stain, simply blot the spot with a wet towel or cloth and towel dry. Keep rinsing the towel or cloth with clean water and repeat. Never scrub the carpet because you’re risking ruining the carpet fibers or letting the spill soak. Here’s some other DIY carpet cleaning tips!


-Water-Soluble Stains
-alcoholic beverages
-food dyes
-ice cream
-washable ink
-wet or latex paint

Use a 1/4 teaspoon of nonbleach detergent or white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water. Your mix doesn’t necessarily need to be exact but it must be diluted. 



Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; instead use clear, non-bleach detergent or white vinegar and water). If that doesn’t work, you can try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets; check with us if you are unsure what type of carpet you have. 

Pet Accidents:

Absorb as much as possible with towels, then blot with a damp cloth. Spray or blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Finally, apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of clear, non-bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water, rinse, and blot dry. 

Here’s some others!

Fat, Oil, and Wax:
Place a paper towel over the carpet and iron on the lowest setting. The wax, fat, or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel. 

Cigarette Burns:
Gently pick up the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife.

Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.

Nail Polish:
Blot the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover.

For your carpet or rug to last a long time, we suggest having your carpet or rug professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year. The Carpet Workroom is now offering comprehensive carpet and rug cleaning services. For more information or a custom quote, please email

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