Get Rid of Carpet Stains

Cleaning expert Jeff Campbell shares how to get common stains out of carpet.
Related To:


Talk 2 DIY demonstates how to repair small burns in carpet. Scissors, glue, and some patience is all you'll need.

  • Two common mistakes when addressing a carpet stain are not acting quickly enough and only blotting the stain once. A good thing to keep in mind is to treat a stain as if it was in an article of clothing — not carpet.

  • A red-wine stain — the mother of all stains — needs immediate attention. Blot immediately with paper towels. Repeat several times. Apply a good amount of heavy-duty kitchen cleaner and blot again. Repeat this step several times and, if results are still not forthcoming, scrub the area lightly with a toothbrush, then blot. The final step is to wet it down with cleaner one last time, lay several paper towels over the stain, then set some heavy books on the towels and leave overnight.

  • Grease on carpet requires a solvent, which can be rubbing alcohol, paint thinner or lighter fluid, for instance. Make sure to test the solvent in an inconspicuous place before applying to the stain (the closet is a good place). Blot with paper towels after applying solvent, but do not rub the stain. Rubbing only spreads the stain around. Repeat the process until the stain has been removed.

  • Cigarette burns can actually be sanded away with sandpaper. There will usually be a few black fibers, however, that will remain. Remove these fibers with scissors. If there is still a small stain or gap evident, snip a small amount of fibers from an inconspicuous area and glue them into the gap. The only person who will know is you.
Keep Reading

Next Up

Your Guide to the Different Types of Carpet

Here's what you need to know before you choose a carpet.

How to Get Pet Stains Out of Carpet

Urine or vomit on carpet can be a pet-owner's worst nightmare. Here's how you can seamlessly clean some of the most common pet messes without too much stress.

Carpet Basics: Durability and Judging Quality

Here are some general terms for understanding how carpet is made and how to judge carpet quality.

10 Pro Tips to Get Cleaning Done Fast

Professional cleaners share their secrets to getting cleaning chores done fast and efficiently.

Tips on Staining Wood

Follow this advice on how to properly stain wood furniture.

Carpet Maintenance 101 in Four Easy Tips

Use these simple tips to keep your carpet looking good for years to come.

Tips for Cleaning Leather

Find tips, techniques and recipes for keeping leather in top shape.

Tips for Selecting Carpet

Follow these consumer tips for picking out the best type of carpet for the home.

Tips for Cleaning Leather Upholstery

Leather is a popular choice in furniture, car interiors, clothes and accessories. Along with the cozy leather sofa and great shoes, comes the frustration of keeping them clean.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.