The Cure for the Carpet Stain Blues

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Welcome to another edition of “pin there, done that” where I turn my pins from Pinterest into reality and review them here with you.

Last week, I decided that I was tired of looking at the stains on the carpet.  There were so many stains that it seemed like a good time to test a couple of pins from my cleaning tips board to find which DIY stain remover works best.

The Scrub Method:

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I wasn’t sure I was up to scrubbing, but it turned out not to be so bad.  I really didn’t have to scrub much since the stain almost immediately vanishes once you start scrubbing.

The Steam Method:

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My eyes literally widened in disbelief when I lifted the towel from the stain.  I was like a child mesmerized and fascinated, begging “do it again!”

I continued the comparison test on a couple more stains just to be thorough.   So, which one passed the test?  Well, I’ve “pin there, done that” and while the steam method works well, the scrub method using Dawn dish liquid and hydrogen peroxide gets an A+.

You can see the results by moving your mouse on and off of the picture.

Here are a couple more tips to consider when tackling carpet stains:

~clean from the outside of the stain working inside

~blotting is gentler on your carpet than scrubbing

If you try these DIY stain removers, I’d love to hear which one you prefer.

Until next time,




  1. this sounds really good. How about upholstery, think it will work as easily? Hubs chair is pretty dirty. Glad you are on Hometalk too! Signing up for your blog.Thanks!

  2. Hi Bernice…yes, I do think it will work on upholstery. I think I saw that it would work on mattress stains as well. I’ll look up the original source and double check for you.

  3. I double checked, this formula works for carpet and mattresses so I’d think you could use it on upholstery. I would suggest to test in an inconspicuous area first. Let me know how it goes!

  4. Ha! I never got your reply in it is..I may try it today, his chair is even dirtier. How? we both sit in our chairs about the same amount of time, and he is the cleanest person I know. Something about his hands I guess.

  5. After seeing this posted on facebook I went right to my cabinet and mixed the hydrogen peroxide solution, tried it and it worked great! I had a coffee stain I have been trying to get out for months, I followed the instructions scrubbing from the outside in and believe that was the trick to get the stain out. Thanks for the post! This is my go to cleaning solution for future carpet stains. One bit of advice, test spot an area before trying this. It did lighten the area some. I have a white, beige berber carpet so it was not as noticeable. Not sure what would happen with a dark colored carpet.

  6. I’m so hesitant to try the H2O2/Dawn solution. You might think because of the H2O2, right? No, it’s the Dawn that worries me. I’ve been told by many, including professionals in the carpet cleaning industry, not to use soap of any kind on carpets. While this solution may take the stain out, the residual solution left in the carpet, i.e., mainly the soap will attract dirt like no other in the future! The question begs, now that you’ve successfully removed the stain, have you noticed a build up of dirt in the area of the original stain?

  7. Hi Britta. I understand your hesitancy. I was hesitant too.

    But those areas that were treated have not shown signs of stain or build up.

    Maybe try it in an inconspicuous area first?

  8. Do you have any suggestions for pet stains and smells? We do not have cats but apparently someone at sometime did. The more I clean the carpets the more the cat urine smell comes out.

  9. Jennifer, I am all to familiar with your dilemma. We have a cat and he used to urinate on our carpet when he got nervous. (Thankfully, we replaced the carpet with wood.) So, I used to spray the area with vinegar and water, then soak it up with a towel. Once I soaked up as much as I could, I would generously sprinkle baking soda over the area and leave it for a day or more, then vacuum it up.

    That method helped, but didn’t completely rid the odor. You may need to pull up the carpet and treat the padding underneath to really get rid of the odor.

  10. Use NATURE’S MIRACLE for urine odors. Be sure to use enough to soak through the carpet’s pad.

  11. Good to know. Thank you, Paula.


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