Carpet Stain Removal

Carpet Stain Removal Service

Stain removalBefore you scroll down to the carpet stain removal tips, check out these tips that a professional carpet cleaner wanted to share with Carpet Cleaning Auckland:  “Spot cleaning a carpet is good. It keeps the carpet looking good until you have time to call a professional to do the job. Remember, carpet manufacturers, recommend having your carpets steam cleaned at least once a year. Call the stain removal Experts Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland service. Since 1988 in West Auckland, North Shore, East, South Auckland Central City CBD on 0800 783-266.

Why choose Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland Service

  •  Our specially trained Carpet Cleaning Technicians carry safe spot cleaning products and solutions.
  •  Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland service understands stains. Our trained professionals will know how the dye has interacted with your carpet fibres, giving us the ability to treat almost every colour imaginable!
  •  We at stain removal team ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland are trained to remove even the most stubborn stains.
  •  You can get stain removal done as part of a complete Carpet Cleaning or as a one-off service.

Twice if you soil them frequently, cleaning your carpet too often can hurt your carpet and shorten it’s life-span. One of the problems that we encounter is when homeowners clean their carpet themselves and leave behind a terrible residue in the carpet. It is especially true when using specific branded carpet spot removers.

Auckland Stain Removal Experts

When you call Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland service for stain removal services, you will have the benefit of consulting with a professional team that takes pride in their work. We understand the stress a spillage can cause to you and your family. It is not just the unsightly stain on the carpet. Sometimes it is also the unpleasant lingering odour. That is why we will do our best to come out to your property at the earliest convenient time for you. Stain removal experts at Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland service assess the affected area and give you our recommendation on the most effective way to remove the stain and restore the carpet or rug.

Carpet Stains

These products leave a residue that temporarily leaves the spot looking good and giving you a false sense of satisfaction for a job well done. However, within a few weeks or even days, the stain is replaced with a greyish-blackish spot the continues to collect more dirt as the spot has traffic over it. When you rinse those spot, it leaves a residue that is worse than the original. One other item to note, keep in mind before you start spilling things on that stain – you may do more damage and end up costing yourself more money than if you just simply called a professional.

At Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland service, the technician can treat and remove most stains, leaving you with a Carpet that looks every bit as clean as it feels.

Some stains in the carpet are particularly tricky to remove. Here at Elite, we always recommend that you get us in to treat a colour. Often the old home remedy or the tip that you get off the internet will make the stain more noticeable, or worse, make it impossible to remove.

Your beloved pet had an ‘accident’. Your guests have spilt some red wine on your carpet. Sometimes we can wipe the stain off easily. Other times, we may want to engage the services of professional stain removal.

Blood Stains

Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the bloodstain that you can. Next, neutralise by spraying the stain with a solution of 1/2 cup lukewarm water and 1 Tbsp. of clear ammonia. (do not wet backing!) Blot to remove excess moisture. (use a white
paper towel for blotting) Then spray on a solution made with 1 cup lukewarm water and 1/4 tsp. of dish detergent. (not containing bleach or lanolin) Joy or Dawn is good. Blotting to work the solution into the area. Now, use a spray bottle filled with fresh water to rinse. Then apply a ‘pad’ of paper towels and place a brick or heavy book on top to absorb the moisture. If all of the stains do not come out, moisten the fabric’s ends with 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for 1 hour. Blot and repeat until the carpet is stain free. Repeat the brick to absorb moisture.

Candle Wax Removal from Carpet

First, remove as much of the wax as you can by hand after it has dried. You can try using a credit card or a plastic knife or spoon.
Then place a piece of a brown paper bag or a wet towel over the wax in the area you want to clean and go over it with a warm iron. (warm, not hot! hot temperature will burn some carpets!)Keep the iron moving, and move the paper often. The heat from the iron melts the wax, and the brown paper wicks the wax OUT of the carpet. Repeat until it is gone. I have seen red wax wholly removed from a very light-coloured rug this way, and no trace of the wax remained. Read this!

Graeme Stephens, a professional carpet technician from Carpet Cleaning Auckland,
says, “If you want to remove wax, I wouldn’t recommend a brown paper bag; there is too much risk involved. For best results, wet a clean white cloth and squeeze out the water until the cloth is damp and placed over the wax. Place a hot iron over the cloth. The steam will reach into the bottom of the carpet and melt, then suck the hot wax into the cloth! Repeat if necessary.”
Thank you so much for setting us straight, Graeme!

Most Stains

Rosalie Tapere Ramayla from Auckland sent this super tip-in; “Ivory bar soap is a miracle-worker! I have removed furniture polish, red wine, tomato sauce, and grape jelly stains from my carpet. Just scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse well.” Thanks

Grease Stains

Mike from West Auckland, writes; “This tip works for almost all water-soluble or grease stains. Spray the area with an ammonia and water mix (50-50) that has a few drops of liquid soap added for increased “wettability”. Do not allow the fluid to sit more than a few seconds, and then use a shop vacuum rated for wet use (essential) and suck up the stain. Repeat until the stain is gone, and then vacuum the wet area until it is almost dry. It sounds like it takes a long time, but if the solution left in a spray bottle and the vacuum is readily available, it only takes 5 minutes. The use of the vacuum is vital as ALL of the standard spray “washes” that appear to remove the stain drive deeper into the carpet where we will not see it. The above process mimics the professional carpet cleaning process and removes the stain.” Wow,  thanks for this super duper tip, Mike!

Nail Polish

Get some non-acetone nail polish remover that has no fragrance or colour added. Next, take a white cloth or paper towel and dip in the remover. If colour transfers to the fabric or the fabric ‘melts’, contact carpet care professional. If your carpet is colour-safe, apply the remover to a white cloth and blot (do not rub) the stained area. This may take some time. Just keep blotting until the stain is gone. If the stain remains, make a solution of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 quart of warm water. Apply with enough of the solution to cover the stain and let soak for 5 minutes. Blot the excess moisture and rinse with warm water. Blot thoroughly with a clean cloth. If the stain reappears after drying, repeat. Aimee Keely from East Auckland writes, “This is truly a miracle! I have teal green carpets, and I spilt a deep, dark purple fingernail polish onto it! I used Cutex fingernail polish remover and dabbed it until the polish was a dull-looking purple. Then I used “10 Seconds Shoe Cleaner” to get up the rest of the nail polish, and you wouldn’t believe it! The nail polish isn’t there anymore! I’m back to my pretty teal green carpet! Try it…you won’t believe it!” Thanks so much, Aimee! Janice writes, “I spilt dark red nail polish all over the carpet in my apartment. I tried so many different strategies, and nothing was working. Until I read this tip, and now it’s all gone! You mix 1 Tbsp. Of ammonia with 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Saturate the stain with the solution, then place plastic wrap over it. Cover the plastic wrap with heavy books and leave it overnight. In the morning, voila! Rinse with water.” Thanks a bunch, Janice! I will test this the next time I spill any nail polish and let you know how it works for me.

Ink Stain

Patsy from Citrus Heights, Auckland City; “I have used hair spray to remove ink or nail polish from carpets. Just spray the stained area and dab with a paper towel.” Thanks, Patsy!

Bob and Ann sent this simple yet effective carpet stain remover tip; “We have found that if you use 1/2 hair shampoo, 1/2 water in a spray bottle, it works wonders!!
We put 1/2 shampoo, 1/2 water in a spray bottle, spray the stain, let it sit for a minute or two, then scrub lightly with a rag or brush most stains we have encountered come out! With four kids in the house, we always have lots of shampoo and LOTS! of colours. I thought this might be some help to others. The funny thing is the husband figured this tip out!” Thanks to you both!

Spot Shot

This tip is from Gavin Wallace of Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland; “The best carpet stain remover I’ve ever found is a product called “Spot Shot.” Years ago, I had a grease stain on new beige carpeting. I tried everything for a year and finally gave up and bought a throw rug to cover it up. I happened to find this product and tried it. I couldn’t believe it; after all that time, it came up beautifully. I even wrote to the company about it, and they sent me an enormous supply of their products! I bought my ‘Spot Shot’ at Kmart.” Thanks, bunches Gavin, I can’t wait to try it!

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Anne Bass from North Shore, Auckland, writes, “I was told years ago by a carpet cleaner to use peanut-butter to take gum out of the carpet. Once he showed me, I was a believer. Just put a spoon of peanut butter on the gum. Use the spoon to mix it into the gum and then let it sit for just a couple of minutes. Then rub with the spoon to loosen it. Take a wet rag and wipe it up in sort of a picking motion. Next, take a rag and wash the spot. This really works!” Thanks, Anne! It is a tip for removing ground on gum from the carpet. Soak with WD-40 and rub with a cloth. It may take a couple of applications, depending on how much gum. The WD-40 breaks down the gum somehow. The first time I tried it, I was amazed. I had been trying to remove the gum for six months, and it took me 10 minutes with the WD-40!” Thanks for the super Tip! Philip from Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry writes, “I clean the rental property and do the carpets too. They used to replace carpet that had gum and wax on them. I tried the peanut butter, and it left a stain but did get out the gum. One day I was trying to get a job done quite quickly because I had another one to do, and I wondered if lighter fluid would work to dissolve it. To make a long story short, it got the gum out in just seconds and dissolved the wax with-in a minute. So I found out something new to get the job done faster!” Thanks for sharing, Philip


Heidi from Howick Auckland writes, “To get the mud out of the carpet, use shaving cream. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then blot it up. Works like a charm.” Thanks, Heidi! Make sure you use the white foamy shave cream, and it does work like a charm!

Pastel Chalk

Clinton from Carpet Cleaning Auckland with this great stain remover tip: “Pastel chalk stains are adamant about getting out. My tip to get out pastel chalk stains from your carpet is to use Neutrogena Shampoo. Works like a charm!” Thanks, Clinton!

Red Lipstick

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. For more proof that Ivory soap works like a charm, check this one out! B.H. from South Auckland writes, “My daughter had put red lipstick all over my white carpet. I took a bar of Ivory soap and warm water on a washcloth and rubbed the spot. It surprised me, but it was gone!” Thanks, B.H.! Here is another tip from Joyce from Waitakere, Auckland, “I realised that lipstick has petroleum jelly in it, so I rubbed some Vaseline into the lipstick stain on my carpet, and it disappeared. Just rub the petroleum jelly into the stain well with your fingers. Then scrape the jelly up with a paint scraper or butter knife. Then use Dawn dish soap and warm water to clean up the rest of what is left behind. You may have to repeat the Vaseline step, depending on how much lipstick is in the carpet.” Call Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland in West Auckland, North Shore, Hibiscus Coast, Eastern Bays South Auckland areas since 1987. Thanks, Joyce!

Super Stain Remover

Peg Weedon from Auckland says that this is the best carpet tip; “I have found that using my husband’s shaving lotion works wonders for carpet stains.” Thanks, Peg, I use this one myself, and it is super for spots! Remember to use the white foamy kind of shave cream, though; it seems to work the best.


Wayne Stanely from Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland in West Auckland sent in this excellent tar remover tip; “To remove spots of tar from carpets, spray WD40 on to some paper towel then blot the tar spot using a clean patch of towel each time (don’t rub)- it seems to dissolve the tar.” Thanks, Wayne! Here is another tar remover tip from Sharon; “I’ve successfully used baking soda and Mr Clean to remove tar from my carpet and vinyl floor. It really works!” Thanks, Sharon! Barbara Crowther from Auckland writes, “I have always found that eucalyptus oil is the best thing for removing tar or black oil. It works great on clothes, carpets, shoes and clears the nose too!” Thanks, Barbara!

Coffee, Tea

Trish from Carpet Cleaning Auckland was kind enough to share this carpet stain tip with us! “To remove tea, coffee or red wine stains from your carpet, pour soda water over the stain, then blot dry, repeat until the stain has gone.” Thanks, Trish!

Ammonia Trick

Sonny from Botany, Auckland sent this tip in; “Household Ammonia Is great for removing carpet stains. I spray it on the stain and wipe it with a clean cloth.” Thanks, Sonny! Clarence from Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry writes, “I am contacting you with a suggestion that a warning is added to the “clean carpets with ammonia” tip. Although the ammonia works wonders if the spot is in a location where it receives direct sunlight, the sun’s heat reacts with the ammonia to make bleach. The spot will fade immediately and then become a bleached out reminder of the original sin. I just thought you might like to add the caveat.” Thanks, Patricia! UPDATE: Marty and Tina write, “About the comment of ammonia changing into bleach with sunlight. WRONG. The chemical compound ammonia is NH3, .the chemical compound bleach is NaOCl. Ammonia can’t turn to bleach. Ammonia has worked just fine for years with me, no problem! I hope this helps.” Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Thanks for setting us straight!

Pet Stains

Terri from Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland North Shore writes, “For urine stains from pets I found that straight rubbing alcohol poured on after soaking up will take out any pet odour because it kills the bacteria that forms in the carpet after it is left to dry. The best for soaking up any liquid is a disposable baby diaper with something of weight on top. They are very absorbent.” Thanks a bunch, Terri! Here is another tip sent in by Maria from Orewa; “To remove an accident your pet has left on your carpet, cover with baking soda and let sit. The soda will draw the mess right out. Let dry and vacuum.” Thanks, JMaria (Love your name!) Also, here is my tip for pet accidents; “Sprinkle white vinegar over fresh doggie accidents on carpets. Wait a few minutes, then sponge from the centre out. Blot up with a dry cloth. Repeat for stubborn stains.”

Kitty & Doggy Puke

John from Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland Hibiscus Coast writes: “This is a GREAT tip for removing kitty vomit. After blotting up most of the mess with a paper towel or rag, sprinkle salt on the area and cover with a damp cloth large enough to cover. Leave on for several hours, and the stain will be gone. It will work especially well with the yellow bile that often comes with vomit. My dog had an accident on my brand new plush carpet. I was sick about it but very relieved when this worked so well. I tell everyone about it.” Thanks for sharing, John! Old Man Coyote from Auckland writes, “My wife and I have a cat with a sensitive stomach who’s always vomiting his food on our light-coloured Berber carpet. We’ve been using OxyClean to get the stains out.” Thanks, Old Man Coyote! You are a lifesaver!

Carpet Cleanups

Carpet Cleaning Auckland; “For carpet cleanups, try mixing a cup of white vinegar, one quart of water and clear laundry detergent in a Widemouth jar. Shake when needed and sponge the foam on the carpet. Blot dry.” Thanks for this Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry.!

Economical Carpet Cleaning Tip

Brenda from Manukau City, Auckland wanted to share this simple yet effective carpet cleaning tip with us; “I found out that liquid tide laundry detergent does a much better job on my carpet than the pros did. Plus, it is a lot cheaper!” Thanks, loads, Brenda!

Fresh Carpet Stains

Carpet Cleaning Auckland for fresh stains, use plain club soda. It is an instant spot remover and is the greatest! Pour a bit right on the spot and let it sit for a few seconds. Then blot with a sponge.

Older Carpet Stains

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Mix two tablespoons of detergent, three tablespoons of vinegar and one quart of warm water. Work into the stain and blot dry.

Stubborn Stains

Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland in West Auckland, North Shore, Hibiscus Coast, Eastern Bays South Auckland areas since 1987. Make a sudsy solution of Tide laundry detergent (it has to be Tide!) and warm water. Brush the suds into the stain vertically and horizontally with a soft brush. Blot up the excess. Repeat until the stain is gone. It works nine times out of ten!

Indoor-Outdoor Carpets

Carpet Cleaning Auckland Spray spot liberally with a pre-wash commercial spray. Let it sit a few minutes, then hose down and watch the spots disappear!

Carpet Brightener

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch on your carpet and let it sit for an hour or so. Then vacuum. You will be surprised at the beautiful results! Mae wanted to share this with us; ” I did the carpet brightening tip and got quite a few shocks as my carpet sweeper got clogged up from the corn starch, and it blew all over the walls, and everything else. So I think you should not put a generous amount on the carpet, but a sparse amount, and warn that the vacuum cleaner should be empty before doing this, be careful of electric shocks. Ouch. Hey, the carpet looks great, so what’re a few shocks between friends! I just thought I would let you know, though.” Thanks for filling us in, Mae! We will go easy on the corn starch and empty the vacuum bag before we begin!

Burn Holes

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Remove some carpet fibres from a hidden spot, like in the corner of a closet. Or remove some fuzz by shaving or pulling out with a tweezer. Roll into the shape of the burn. Apply good cement glue to the rug’s burnt spot and press the fuzz or fibres that you tweezed down into the certain. Cover with a piece of paper and place a heavy book on top. Let dry for a few hours.

Baby Wipes

Michelle from North Shore sent this one in. She has two kids and a cat and is always looking for smart and non-toxic tips. Here’s her advice; “Baby wipes are also great for getting fresh spills off carpets before they have time to set.” Thanks, Michelle! For help, phone the professionals at Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland in West Auckland, North Shore, Hibiscus Coast, East, South Auckland Since 1988 on 0800 783-266. Carpetcleaningauckland.Org.

Freshen Up Your Carpets

Darrel of Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland Eastern Bays writes, “I have a great tip here for freshening your carpet. Use any Laundry Detergent powder brand (except varieties with bleach!) on your carpet instead of or in place of your Carpet fresheners such as carpet fresh brand or others. This secret also cleans your carpet and adds a wonderful scent that is long-lasting. Use sparingly, though, as it tends to clog the vacuum if you use too much. Don’t use laundry detergent with bleach; however, it could fade the colours or damage.” Thanks for loading, Darrel! I sprinkled the laundry detergent sparingly and vacuumed it right up. Instant wonderfully fresh smelling carpet! Patty Sadler from East Auckland sent in this excellent tip to freshen up your carpets; “A quick fix for freshening up carpets is to add a lid full of fabric softener to your carpet cleaning water!” Thanks, Patty!

Drink Spills

Gwen Roscoe from North Shore writes; I recently spilt red crystal light on my carpet and tried a couple of other carpet stain removals, and nothing worked. Then I got this tip from a friend. First, take a wet white cloth and place it on top of the stain. Then place a warm iron (on a low setting) on top of the white fabric. Leave on the colour for 15 minutes. Repeat until the stain is gone. I now have my beige carpet back again, stain-free! It will works on Koolaid as well.” Thanks for the fantastic tip Gwen! Holly from Batesville, IN, writes, “Just thought I would share that if the kids spill red juice or Kool-Aid on the carpet, pour table salt on the wet area and watch it bring the stain right up. Vacuum the salt and repeat until all is gone.” Thanks, Holly!

Grease Stains

Graeme from Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland in West Auckland, North Shore, Hibiscus Coast, Eastern Bays South Auckland areas since 1987 writes; “Paint thinner or mineral spirits will get any grease stain out of carpet, etc., even if it’s been washed. Saved my car carpet from being completely ruined!” Thanks a bunch, Lindsey! Michelle Ellis from New Market writes, “One year my husband got a wild hair up his butt to clean motorcycle carburettors in the living room on the carpet (smart one huh?) and got grease spots everywhere! A friend of mine showed me how to get it out by dipping a toothbrush in Pine-Sol and scrubbing… it dissolved it!” Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

Easy Stain Removal

Ted, the carpet guy from Remuera, Auckland, writes, “Here is one of the easiest “no brainer” solutions for removing spots. The first question I ask the grief-stricken customer with a spot problem is, “do you own a wet-dry shop vac?” This is a nifty tool that changes all the rules. If you can suck up water with a shop vac, the approach to cleaning up spills can be much more aggressive and much more effective. Detergents can use because they can remove. As a crowning glory, a shop vac that sucks up water can use (by reversing the hose assembly) to blow warm air over the clean-up area and quickly dry the carpet. I tell all of my pet-owning customers that a shop vac is a better investment in carpet care than a date with the carpet cleaner.” Thanks, Ted, you are a real gem!

Acrylic Paint Stains

Diane from Manukau, Auckland, writes, “My dog had gotten into red acrylic paint and left a dried, red stain on a cream carpet. After reading the hints for acrylic paint and carpet stains, I decided to use the acrylic brush cleaner solution from my craft painting materials, which is non-toxic, bio-degradable with no harmful solvents or fumes). I mixed it half and half with water and dabbed it on the stain with a paper towel. Then I kept dabbing with new sections of a towel, as I saw in some of your hints. I rinsed well with water to minimise any discolouring or bleaching of the carpet, and it worked wonderfully. I was so surprised and relieved that it worked, and I have to give some credit to your many hints that then helped me come up with a new solution. Thanks so much for the great ideas.” Thank you, Diane, for the great tip!!

Old Carpet Stains

David Knudsen from Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning North Shore; “I tried everything to get out some old stains on one of my carpets, to no avail. Then I tried the “Older Carpet Stain” tip of Tide, Vinegar and Warm Water. Voila! The stains came right up. The carpet doesn’t look new, but it sure looks a heck of a lot better. Just one thing to add to that tip. I tried it with both regular liquid Tide and liquid Tide HE. Tide HE is a low-sudsing detergent for front-loading washing machines. It worked better with Tide HE; there aren’t any foaming or excess suds on the carpet.” Thanks for the super tip Dave!

Carpet Dents

Barb from Auckland writes, “To remove the dents that heavy furniture make in your carpets, place an ice cube in each one and just let it melt. It raises the pile back up. I’ve used it many times, and it has always worked for me. There is only one problem that I have found my dog from taking the ice cubes. He loves them!” Thanks so much for sharing, Barb!

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