Carpet Stain Removal

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Before you scroll down to the carpet stain removal tips, take a moment to read these insights from a professional carpet cleaner at Carpet Cleaning Auckland:

“Spot cleaning a carpet is beneficial as it maintains the rug’s appearance until you can call a professional for a thorough cleaning. Remember, carpet manufacturers recommend having your carpets steam-cleaned at least once a year

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, allowing us to treat almost every colour imaginable!
  •  Our carpet stain removal service technician is trained to remove even the most stubborn stains.
  •  You can remove the stain as part of a complete carpet cleaning or as a one-off service.

If you soil them frequently, cleaning them too often can hurt your carpet and shorten its lifespan. Hence, one of the problems we encounter is when homeowners clean their carpets themselves and leave behind a terrible residue in the carpet. This is especially true when using specific branded carpet spot removers.

Auckland Carpet Stain Removal Experts

When you call Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland for stain removal services, you will benefit from consulting with a professional team that takes pride in their work. Indeed, we understand the stress that spills can cause you and your family. Somehow, it is not just the unsightly stain on the carpet. Sometimes, it is also the unpleasant lingering odour. Yet, we will do our best to come to your property as soon as possible. Carpet stain removal experts at Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland service assess the affected area and recommend the most effective way to remove the stain and restore the carpet or rug. Indeed, our technician can treat and remove most stains, leaving you with a Carpet that looks as clean as it feels.

Carpet Stain Removal

These products leave a residue that temporarily leaves the Spot looking good and gives you a false sense of satisfaction for a well-done job. However, within a few weeks or even days, the stain is replaced with a greyish-blackish spot that collects more dirt as the Spot traffic over it. Thus, when you rinse those spots, it leaves a worse residue than the original. And another item to note: Before you start spilling things on that stain, you may do more damage and cost yourself more money than if you just called a professional.

Some stains on the carpet are particularly tricky to remove. We always recommend getting us in to treat a colour here at Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Often, the old home remedy or the tip you get off the internet will make the stain more noticeable or worse, making 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 professional stain removal services.

Carpet Stain Removal For Blood Stains

Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much bloodstain as possible. Next, neutralise the stain with 1/2 cup of 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 with 1 cup of lukewarm water and 1/4 tsp. of dish detergent. (not containing bleach or lanolin) Joy or Dawn is good.

They are blotting to work the solution into the area. Now, could you 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 the stains do not come out, moisten the fabric’s ends with 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Let’s 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 wax as you can by hand after drying. You can use either 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. Indeed, the heat from the iron melts the wax, and the brown paper wicks the wax out of the carpet. Please wait until it is gone. I have seen red wax removed from a very light-coloured rug, and no trace of the wax remained. Read this!

Graeme Stephens, a carpet technician from Carpet Cleaning Auckland,
says, “If you want to remove wax, I wouldn’t recommend a brown paper bag; too much risk is involved. For best results, wet a clean white cloth, squeeze out the water until it is damp, and place it over the wax. Place a hot iron over the cloth. The Steam will reach 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 for 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, then vacuum the damp area until it is almost dry.

It sounds like it takes a long time, but if the solution is left in a spray bottle and the vacuum is readily available, it only takes 5 minutes. 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 professional carpet cleaning and removes the paint.” 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, dip a white cloth or paper towel in the remover. Contact a carpet care professional if colour transfers to the ‘melt’ fabric. If your carpet is colour-safe, apply the remover to a white cloth and blot (do not rub) the stained area. Just keep blotting until the stain is gone. If the colour remains, make a solution of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 quart of warm water. Apply enough solution to cover the shade 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.

10 Seconds Shoe Cleaner

Aimee Keely from East Auckland writes, “This is truly a miracle! I have teal green carpets and spilt a deep, dark purple fingernail polish onto them! I dabbed a Cutex fingernail polish remover 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 worked. Until I read this tip, and now it’s all gone! 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.

Ink Carpet Stain Removal

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 and 1/2 water in a spray bottle, it works wonders!!
We put 1/2 shampoo and 1/2 water in a spray bottle to spray the stain, let it sit for a minute or two, and then scrub lightly with a rag or brush. Most colours we have encountered come out! We always have many shampoos and dyes with four kids in the house. 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. 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!

Gum Carpet Stain Removal

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 spoonful of peanut butter on the gum. Use the spoon to mix it into the gum, then let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then, rub it with a spoon to loosen it. Take a wet rag and wipe it up in a picking motion. Next, take a rag and wash the Spot. 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. Of course, 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. They used to replace carpets that had gum and wax on them. I tried the peanut butter, which left a carpet stain, but I got the gum out. One day, I was trying to get a job done relatively quickly because I had another one to do, and I wondered if lighter fluid would work to dissolve it. To summarise, it got the gum out in seconds and dissolved the wax within a minute. So, I found something new to get the job done faster!


Heidi from Howick Auckland writes, “To get the mud out of the carpet, use shaving cream. Then, 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, which works like a charm!

Pastel Chalk

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

Red Lipstick

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Check this one out to prove that Ivory soap works like a charm! B.H. from South Auckland writes, “My daughter had put red lipstick all over my white carpet. I rubbed the Spot with a bar of Ivory soap and warm water on a washcloth. 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, 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 remaining left behind. Depending on how much lipstick is on the carpet.” Indeed, call Steam n Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland in West Auckland, North Shore, Hibiscus Coast, Eastern Bays, and South Auckland areas since 1987. Thanks, Joyce!

Super Stain Remover

Peg Weedon from Auckland says 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, which is super for spots! Remember to use the white foamy shave cream; it works best.

Tar Carpet Stain Removal

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 onto 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! Sharon’s another tar remover tip: “I’ve successfully used baking soda and Mr Clean to remove tar from my carpet and vinyl floor. It 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 also works great on clothes, carpets, and shoes and clears the nose!” 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 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. Although the Ammonia works wonders if the Spot is in a location where it receives direct sunlight, its heat reacts with the Ammonia to make bleach. Indeed, the Spot will fade immediately and become a bleached reminder of the original sin. I just thought you might like to add the caveat.”

Thanks, Patricia! 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. However, Ammonia has worked 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 remove any pet odour because it kills the bacteria that forms in the carpet after it is left to dry. Indeed, a disposable baby diaper with weight on top is best for soaking up any liquid. 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 it with baking soda and let it sit. The soda will draw the mess right out. Let dry and vacuum.” Thanks, JMaria (I love your name!) Also, here is my tip for pet accidents; “Sprinkle white vinegar over fresh doggie accidents on carpets. First, wait a few minutes, then sponge from the centre out. After that, blot up with a dry cloth. Lastly, repeat for stubborn stains.”

Cats And Dogs 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 it with a damp cloth large enough. Leave it 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. Indeed, it is an instant spot remover and is the greatest! Pour 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. Could you work into the stain and blot it dry?

Stubborn Carpet Stain Removal

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

Indoor-Outdoor Carpet Stain Removal

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

Carpet Brightener

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Perhaps sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch on your carpet and let it sit for an hour. Then vacuum. And be surprised at the beautiful results! Mae wanted to share this with us; “I did the brightening carpet 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 you should not put a generous amount on the carpet, but a sparse amount. Next, the vacuum cleaner should be empty before this and be careful of electric shocks. Ouch. The rug looks great, so what are some surprises between friends? I’m letting you know, though. Thanks for filling us in, Mae! Because of that, we will go easy on the corn starch and empty the vacuum bag before beginning!

Burn Holes

Carpet Cleaning Auckland. Indeed, remove some carpet fibres from a hidden spot, like a closet’s corner. Or can some fuzz by shaving or pulling out with a tweezer? Then, roll into the shape of the burn. After that, apply good cement glue to the rug’s burnt Spot and press the fuzz or fibres you tweezed into the certain. Lastly, could you cover it with paper and place a heavy book on top? Let dry for a few hours.

Baby Wipes

Michelle from North Shore. Hence, she has two kids and a cat and always looks for intelligent 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, and South Auckland Since 1988 at 0800 783-266.

Freshen Up Your Carpets

Darrel of Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland Eastern Bays writes, “I have a great tip for freshening your carpet. Thus, 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. Yet, this secret cleans your carpet and adds a long-lasting, wonderful scent. Indeed, use sparingly, though, as it clogs the vacuum if you use too much. Consequently, don’t use laundry detergent with bleach; it could fade the colours or damage.” Thanks for loading, Darrel! I sprinkled the laundry detergent sparingly and vacuumed it right up. Instantly wonderfully fresh-smelling carpet! Patty Sadler from East Auckland sent this excellent tip to freshen up carpets; “A quick fix for freshening up carpets is to add a lid full of fabric softener to your carpet cleaning water!” Thanks, Patty!

Drinks 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 the stain. Then, place a warm iron (on a low setting) on top of the white fabric. Next, leave on the colour for 15 minutes. And repeat until the stain is gone. After that, I now have my beige carpet back again, stain-free! It will work on Koolaid as well.” Thanks for the fantastic tip, Gwen! Holly from Batesville, IN, writes, “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 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, and South Auckland areas since 1987 writes, “Paint thinner or mineral spirits will get any grease stain out of carpet, etc. Indeed, it saved my car carpet from being completely ruined!” Thanks a bunch, Lindsey! Michelle Ellis from New Market wrote, “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 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. And the first question I ask the grief-stricken customer with a spot problem is, “do you own a wet-dry shop vac?” 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. Of course, detergents can be used because they can be removed. Indeed, as a crowning glory, a shop vac that sucks up water can use (by reversing the hose assembly) to blow warm air over the cleanup 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 used the acrylic brush cleaner from my craft painting materials, which is non-toxic and bio-degradable with no harmful solvents or fumes).

Indeed, I mixed it with water and dabbed it on the stain with a paper towel. Then, I kept patting with new towel sections, as I saw in some of your hints. So I rinsed well with water to minimise any discolouring or bleaching of the carpet, and it worked wonderfully. And I was so surprised and relieved that it worked, and I have to credit your many hints that 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 said, “I tried everything to remove 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! Indeed, the stains came right up. Even though the carpet doesn’t look new, it looks much better. And I tried it with both regular liquid Tide and liquid Tide HE. Tide HE is a low-sudsing detergent for front-loading washing machines. Hence, it worked better with Tide HE; the carpet had no foaming or excess suds.” 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. And it raises the pile back up. Thus, I’ve used it many times, and it has always worked for me. Perhaps there is only one problem: I have found my dog from taking the ice cubes. Indeed, he loves them!” Thanks so much for sharing, Barb!

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