How to Remove Carpet Stains

I thought some of you, after reading my adventures buying a carpet in Turkey, might be interested in the methods of removing carpet stains suggested by Kusadasi’s “Authentic Carpets”.

Any Alcoholic Drink: Lightly wet with warm water and use 90% alcohol to clean.

Mud: Dry well and vacuum clean.

Chocolate: Use a sponge dampened with ammonia to wipe.

Sweets: Lightly wipe with warm water.

Ink: Damp sponge with a mixture of water, soap and alcohol, and wipe. Take care to prevent the cleaning mixture from dropping down to the reverse of the carpet.

Fruit: Damp sponge with a mixture containing 3 parts white vinegar or lemon juice and 1 part ammonia, and wipe.

Egg: Never use hot water. Wipe with ammonia and water mixture, failing that use an alcohol and water mixture.

Blood: Never use hot water. After cleaning the stain well with a damp sponge, wipe with cold salty water. If unsuccessful, wipe again with pure white wine. If the stain is dry, brush it and clean with water containing a small amount of ammonia.

Make-up Materials and Perfume: Wipe with alcohol.

Pet Urine: Wipe with a sponge while the stain is dam and leave to dry. Later wipe with wine vinegar. If unsuccessful, wipe again with a mixture of 3 parts alcohol and 1 part ammonia.

Red Wine: Clean with white wine, and wipe with water.

If these work, let me know. If they don’t work contact

2 thoughts on “How to Remove Carpet Stains

  1. Use carbonated soda water direct from the bottle — i.e., pour it directly on the stain, whether eggs Benedict or red wine, etc., — blot very gently and let dry. Repeat if necessary. Learned this “in the field” at Disneyworld. Best exhibit in the park!

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