Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Rug Doctor takes a different approach to stain clean-up from all other products claiming "one solution does it all" effectiveness. At Rug Doctor we know one-solution cleaning is impossible, because different stains attach themselves in different ways to carpet fibers and require specific solutions for effective removal.

There are two basic approaches to stain clean-up: oily vs. non-oily stain, or alkaline vs. acidic stain. Rug Doctor employs both techniques in a selection of products that will truly solve most stain problems. Pet Stain Remover is designed to neutralize plant-origin stains.
Spot Remover is better at alkaline stains and is an excellent first choice for "mystery" stains of unknown origin. Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment is actually an excellent stain remover for greasy and oily stains but should either be followed with a machine use or carefully rinsed, as its sudsy nature can leave soap residue.

Remember - it's always best to clean up spills quickly. The longer a stain sets, the more difficult it is to remove, and the greater the chances that it will become permanent.

Please be aware that some stains, such as mustard, have dyes that permanently bond to carpet and cannot be removed. Pet stains such as urine, can sometimes have a bleaching effect on some carpet dyes, which can also create an irreversible stain.

Generally, most spots are easily and quickly removed using Spot or Stain Removers.

Type of Stain

Fresh Stain or Spot

Old Set in Stain

Beer Spot or Stain  Remover Spot or Stain Remover
Bile - yellow/green vomit Spot Remover Spot Remover
Blood Spot Remover Spot Remover
Butter or Margarine Spot Remover Spot Remover
Candle Wax Spot Remover Spot Remover
Scrape off as much wax as possible with a spatula or spoon. If wax is deeply embedded, cover with a white cloth and apply iron on low setting to cloth. Wax will transfer to cloth. Any remaining residue can be removed using Spot Remover.
Carbon-black Spot Remover Spot Remover
Vacuum area as thoroughly as possible prior to application.
Catsup Spot Remover Spot Remover
Chocolate Spot Remover Spot Remover
Clay Spot Remover Spot Remover
Cocktails - fruity Stain Remover Stain Remover
 - other Spot Remover Spot Remover
Coffee Stain Remover Stain Remover
Cough Syrup Spot Remover Spot Remover
Dirt/Mud/Grass Spot Remover Stain Remover
Feces (non-urine) Spot Remover Stain Remover
Food Coloring Spot Remover Spot Remover
Food Grease Spot Remover Spot Remover
Fruit Juice Stain Remover Stain Remover
Some red dyes in food and juices are difficult to remove.
Gravy Spot Remover Spot Remover
Ice Cream Spot Remover Spot Remover
Ink Spot Remover or Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment Spot Remover or Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment
Use Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment only prior to machine cleaning to remove all product residue.
Jelly/Jam Stain Remover Stain Remover
Lipstick Spot Remover Spot Remover
Makeup Spot Remover Spot Remover
Milk Spot Remover Spot Remover
Motor Grease/Oil Spot Remover or Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment Spot Remover or Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment
Use Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment only prior to machine cleaning to remove all product residue.
Mustard Spot Remover & White Vinegar Full Strength Spot Remover & White Vinegar Full Strength
A near permanent stain. Use Spot Remover followed by vinegar. Yellow dye stains from mustard may not be removable depending on your carpet or fabric type.
Paint (water-based) Spot Remover Spot Remover
Old or dried spots may need to soak for an hour or two.
Salad Dressing Spot Remover Spot Remover
Shoe Polish Spot Remover or Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment Spot Remover or Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment
Use Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment only prior to machine cleaning to remove all product residue.
Soft Drinks Spot Remover Spot Remover
Tar Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment
Use Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment only prior to machine cleaning to remove all product residue.
Tea Stain Remover Stain Remover
Tobacco Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment
Use Hi-Traffic Pre-Treatment only prior to machine cleaning to remove all product residue.
Tomato Sauce Spot Remover Spot Remover
Toothpaste Spot Remover Spot Remover
Urine Stain Remover Stain Remover
Act quickly! Urine is highly acidic and will bleach some carpets which cannot be corrected with stain removing products.
Vegetable Oil Spot Remover Spot Remover
Vomit Stain Remover Stain Remover
Water Colors Spot Remover Spot Remover
Wine Stain Remover Stain Remover
Generally, most spots are easily and quickly removed using our Spot Remover or Stain Remover.

If you need additional stain removal assistance, or have questions, call our Consumer Support Specialists at 1800 441 900 (8am to 8pm (+10GMT).

Download a printable version of this carpet stain removal chart