How to Clean Carpet

Blot Stains

A common misconception is to rub stains out of carpet. Take some cleaning solution and a clean cloth, paper towel, or some sort of sponge and dab the stain. Rubbing the carpet can cause the particles to blotget ground into the carpet fibers making it harder to remove. Always blot from the outside of the stain and work inwards.


Club Soda

Blot the stain with club soda on the cloth. If that doesn’t do the trick, mix the club soda with an equal part of white vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the stained area and let it soak in for no less than 15 minutes. After that time has passed, dab the area with a clean sponge. This process may need to be repeated a few times. Once the stain is gone, you’ll want to rinse the spot with warm water. Use your hand to brush the carpet in its natural direction and put some dry paper towels on the wet spot. You will want to use a few books to way down the paper towels until the wet area is dry. This could take an entire day.

Shaving Cream

Shaving cream has long been hailed as a great carpet cleaner. Apply shaving cream directly to the stain and let soak in for 30 minutes. Blot away the shaving cream with a wet paper towel and then rinse with the vinegar-club soda solution.


If you have tracked in some gum on your carpet, take an ice cube and freeze the gum. You should be able to take a butter knife and pry the rest out of the carpet. You may have to cut a few fibers, but that shouldn’t be noticeable.

Dishwasher Detergent for Grease

In a cup of water, dissolve a drop or two of dishwasher detergent. The grease cutting ability of dishwasher soap is ideal for grease in carpet. Again, repeat a few times on larger stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide for Blood

Blood is one of the toughest of stains to get out. First thing you’ll want to do is loosen the blood up from the carpet. You can do this with some detergent and water. Scrape as much blood out of the carpet as possible. To get the rest of the blood out, apply peroxide directly to the stain. The peroxide will foam right when it touches the blood, and then you can blot away the stain. Dry with paper towels.

Pet Accidents

Lots of companies make cleaners specifically for pet stains. The importance of these is that they contain pheromones that will deter your pet from having another accident in that spot.


Candy can be one of the worst things to get stuck in your carpet. First thing’s first, try to get as much of the candy out of the carpet as possible, probably with a butter knife. Next you’ll want to get a mild soap and water mixture on the spot to get any sugar out of there. It’s super important to get all of the sugar out or this spot will attract dirt, debris, or even ants.


Be sure to vacuum your carpet regularly to keep the dirt and debris to a minimum. Many carpet cleaners, like Reno Carpet Cleaning (carpet cleaners in Reno, NV), recommend deep cleaning your carpet every 6 months to a year.