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Irritating Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them in 10 Minutes

Some can prove to be a thorn in the flesh. You’ve tried everything you know, but they don’t seem to be going anywhere.

Well, you’re in luck now. We’ve listed these irritating and the professional solutions you can use to get rid of them. No fancy tools or chemicals are needed, you can do all these at home with household tools and substances.

Let’s dive in!

Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream when ice cream spills in our home. The faster the spill can be cleaned, the better. Melting is the enemy.

  • Remove the frozen portions without pressing the ice cream into the fibers.
  • Use a clean towel and roll it in a reverse motion, moving forward into the spill to pull the substance out of the carpet.
  • Combine dish soap and water and spray/apply to the spill, dab at it with a clean towel. Repeat as needed. Rinse with water.


Sometimes kids put gum on furniture. Sometimes adults accidentally lose control of their mouth and gum falls out. Sometimes gum can fall out of a trash can and get pressed into furniture or flooring. Next time gum shows up somewhere it doesn’t belong, try these methods:

  • Ensure the gum is dried and hardened by using a can of compressed air or ice or an ice pack (be sure to keep moisture from ice away from the gum). Take a dull scraper to scrape up and lift off the gum. This can work on carpets as well, just be extra careful to avoid damage to the carpet fibers. Vacuum the area and wash with warm soapy water.
  • Apply extra strength duct tape to the gum and quickly lift the tape, repeat until the gum is removed.
  • Using a microfiber cloth, apply a product like Goo-Gone. Use circular motions and pressure to loosen the gum.


Lipstick from a napkin, a glass tipping onto the carpet, or simply falling asleep on your sofa before removing your makeup can leave embarrassing red marks. Follow these tips to restore your carpet or furniture to its pre-kissed glory.

  • If the lipstick has not dried, apply toothpaste to the area to help remove the stain.
  • If the lipstick has dried, use a plastic knife or a scraper to remove as much as possible.
  • Soak a cloth in ammonia and gently blot at the stain. Remove ammonia from the surface with a clean cloth which has been soaked in water.
  • Spray hairspray onto the stain, let sit for roughly 5 minutes and wipe down the area with a dry, clean cloth.

Unfortunately, lipstick is a very stubborn thing to remove, but Accents in Cleaning can help you remove any and all stains.

Shoe Polish

Shoe polish can make work boots and dress shoes look amazing. Whether you have a housemate who is in the military or someone who just likes polished shoes, somewhere in your house is bound to end up with a little spilled shoe polish.

  • Scrape away as much as possible (without damaging the carpet or upholstery) with a scraper or knife.
  • Apply dry-cleaning fluid in a blotting fashion to the stain. Followed by a mixture of ammonia and dish soap applied with a clean paper towel (keeping the clean side on the stain at all times to reduce spreading). Rinse with cool water and blot with a clean, dry towel until dry.
  • Use acetone nail polish remover. That stuff will remove just about anything!
  • Mix a non-bleach laundry detergent with cold water and apply directly to the carpet and scrum.
  • Combine water and ammonia, and scrub the carpet with a clean rag. Rinse with warm water and blot or vacuum dry.

If you feel your problems are best handled by professionals, then don’t hesitate to call Accents in Cleaning. Our trained and qualified technicians know exactly what to do to get you satisfied. Stay glued for more DIY stain removal tips.

Pro Tips for Cleaning Your Carpet for Just About Anything

1. Cleaning long-pile carpets

They are very pretty, funny, and both children and our pets love them.
That is why we must take special care to wash them more frequently and take care that these synthetic threads do not come off.

Our dogs, or smaller children, could eat them and have a serious problem.
This is what we should do to take care of long-pile rugs:

What I need?

  • 50 ml white vinegar

  • 250 ml of water

How should I do it?

  • This product is ideal for cleaning, removing germs and disinfecting. Don’t be afraid that the vinegar smell will linger after cleaning, because it won’t. The moment it dries, the scent will volatilize.

  • It is not about completely “soaking” the carpet, but about spraying over it. To do this, the first thing we will do is hang it somewhere outdoors, ideal if you have a balcony or terrace. If not, find a room where you can open the windows and hang the rug so it can breathe in.

  • Hit it with a poker to remove any dust, hair, small items of trash, or dirt that it may have. Next, mix the white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the carpet with it. Then you just have to let it dry. Allow it to breathe for about 3 hours.

2. How to clean a bad-smelling carpet

Surely you have at home that older carpet, the one that always gives off an odor that makes the room smell of old age or a neglected home.
Is very annoying. However, there is a remedy that never fails.

What I need?

  • 250 g of salt. The amount is approximate, since ideally you can sprinkle the entire surface of the carpet with common table salt.

How should I do it?

  • It’s interesting to know that salt is great not only for removing “stubborn” odors but also for removing moisture stains. To do this, the first thing we will do is spread the carpet and, as we have indicated before, sprinkle it with salt.

  • You will have to roll it up little by little so that it is very close together and with hardly any spaces. Let it work for a whole day. Then, you will only have to use the vacuum cleaner to remove all the remains of salt, dirt, and bad smell.

3. How to clean your home rugs quickly

This trick is the simplest of all and one of the most used.
It will be useful to clean the carpets in a few minutes, removing stains, deodorizing, and, in turn, eliminating any germs.

What I need?

  • 100 ml of ammonia

  • A liter of warm water

  • A sprayer

  • A brush

How should I do it?

  • First of all, we must take a series of precautions with this product, since exposure to it can be toxic to the body. Therefore, it is essential that we open the windows so that the room is well ventilated and that we wear a mask and gloves.

  • Then what we will do is heat the water. It is enough that it is hot, but without burning. Add the ammonia, being careful not to splash yourself, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

  • The next step is very simple: spray this content all over the carpet, then use a brush and carefully scrub the entire surface. Keep leaving the windows open so the fresh air can finish drying the carpet.

These are techniques we use at Accents in Cleaning, but with some experienced professional twist to it. We’ll like to bring that twist your way. Call us today.