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Carpet & Upholstery Stain Cleaning Tips

Cleaning the carpet and upholstery is not everyone’s cup of tea. Besides being laborious work, there are some stains that you would consider harmless on your rug. Ironically, it is those seemingly mild stains that can soak deep into the fabric and settle there almost permanently, if not professionally treated.

At King Cleaning Group, the North Devon Carpet Cleaning service, we have had multiple occurrences of frequently asked questions by the customers with regard to pesky stain removal and DIY tips. Therefore, we have prepared this blog to dish out some of the easiest DIY cleaning tips for upholstery and carpets, each with the type of common stains you come across on these fabrics.

Types of Carpet Stains and Cleaning DIY Tips


1. Ink


Ink stains can wreak havoc on your carpets or the upholstery of your furniture. The

commonly used element, if happens to drop on the fabric, can seep in through the layers and becomes positively non-washable. However, with trial and error and good reflexes, you can save your rugs from being stained ugly by the ink drops using the following tricks.




  • Take a clean white cloth, damp it in isopropyl alcohol (preferably concentrated as it will work better), and gently dap the area of the stain with the cloth. Make sure you do not rub or scrub because that will effectively spread the stain and make a bigger mess.

  • Let the cloth stand on the area for a few minutes to allow the isopropyl chemical to work on the stain.

  • Alternately, you can also use a nail polish remover solution in place of isopropyl. For either chemical, make sure you have tested the solution on an inconspicuous area to see if the chemicals are not leading to further carpet damage.

  • Once you have dabbed the stain completely with the chemical, use a liquid friendly vacuum to suck the extra moisture and clean the area with clear water.

Let the carpet dry after rinsing with water. As another tip, you can use wines and vinegar in place of isopropyl or any other solution containing high amounts of alcohol.


2. Blood


As with all other stains, blood-stains on carpets or upholstery are not so bad if you move fast to take action on it. Fresh blood stains can be effectively removed by the following

tips, but in case the blood has settled old on the fabric, you can get assistance from King Cleaning Group, the North Devon Upholstery Cleaning service.




  • To begin with, always remember to use cold water to clean blood stains instead of warm or hot water. This is because blood coagulates in the presence of heat, making lumps that can permeate into the carpet fibers. Cold water, on the other hand, will prevent this from happening.

  • Next, fill a spraying bottle with 2-tablespoon of a dishwashing liquid, such as Dawn with cold water, and squirt the solution onto the blood stain.

  • Until the area is completely wet, use a clean white cloth and carefully blot the stain so that the blood particles can transfer to the white cloth.

  • Oxi-Clean, manufactured solutions designed to treat most carpet stains, has oxygenating qualities, and is bleach-free. You can blot the stain with a few drops mixed with cold water and rinse.

Remember, for blood stains, you may have to repeat the steps several times to get a clean and clear-looking carpet once again.


3. Pet Stains


Keeping a pet comes with the foremost challenge of struggling to get your carpets and upholstery clean and odor-free. While most pet stains are apparently difficult to clean up

carpet cleaning North Devon professionals have a few tried-and-tested tips for you.




  • Simply clean up the debris using gloves. For the wet part of the mess, use the blot method to dry it up without rubbing or scrubbing. Repeat the blotting until the moisture is completely dry and the stain is removed.

  • In other cases, when the pet mess has dried, you will have to first moisten it.

  • Next, apply the carpet cleaning stain removing product specifically designed for pet stains that contain ammonia.

  • Alternately, you can also make a solution of warm water and ¼ cup of white vinegar (or white wine) and spritz it on the stain. This will neutralize the stain and the odor. Let the solution stand on the smudge for a few minutes before cleaning. Repeat until the stain is gone.

  • Ideally, you must get your carpets and upholstery cleaned from a professional service at least yearly if you have pets. At King Cleaning Group, we regularly provide this service at flexible timings and free quotations.

Rugs, upholstery, carpets, and other home fabrics can easily digest pet urine, stains, and odor. They breed bacteria as a result. Henceforth, regular and comprehensive cleaning by professionals is mandatory for good health.


4. Coffee


The next most common type of stain is the drops of coffee on furniture upholstery and rugs!

  • Blot the moisture as much as you can using a clean cloth

  • Make a solution of water, vinegar, and a non-bleach detergent. Use the spritz method, rinse and repeat.

  • Alternately, you can also treat coffee stains using 1 ¼ cup of water and ¼ cup of bleach. Blot the area, rinse with plain water, and dab it dry. Make sure you are not discoloring your carpet with bleach by using only the professional stain removal company products or applying it only to Polypropylene-made carpets.

5. Miscellaneous, soluble stains


For other stains such as vomit, chocolate, wine, food, dyes, cola, etc., you can apply the following methods to clear up the mess.

  • Make a solution of 5 parts water and 1 part chlorine bleach or 1 cup of water mixed with 1 tsp of ammonia. For woolen carpets, only use soap and water to remove vomit, wine, chocolate, and food stains.

  • For other stains, you can make a cleaning solution using white vinegar or apply the store product like Oxi-Clean remover to treat the stain.

Upholstery Cleaning North Devon


King Cleaning Group is a family-run business having extensive experience industry-wide and catering to multiple projects. As a fully insured company, we provide all types of cleaning services at affordable prices to get your fabrics looking like new if you are unable to apply these DIY tips to remove the stain on time.

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