Several years ago, I wrote a post about a homemade stain remover spray that received quite a few of comments. A few of those comments were from people who wanted to know if they could use the spray on carpet stains. I was pondering that question when I noticed that another commenter had left a response to the question already. In her comment, Tammy suggested a technique involving a clothes iron that she had used to get a red Kool-Aid stain out of her own carpet.
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When my kids were younger we went through a LOT of Kool-Aid, so I have plenty of firsthand experience with stubborn Kool-Aid stains. If this method Tammy mentioned had really removed a Kool-Aid stain that effectively, I knew that I had to give it a try. And to my amazement, it worked wonderfully! I spent several hours that weekend tackling tough carpet stains that I had figured I’d never get rid of.
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This method of removing carpet stains still works like a charm, and I’ve used it several times in the years since I first tried it out. Today I’ll be showing you how it’s done, so you can tackle your own tough carpet stains like a pro!
How To Remove Tough Carpet Stains
Step 1 – Prep
Start by plugging in your iron to let it preheat. (Plug it into an outlet that’s as close to the stain as you can get, or grab an extension cord to make sure the iron will reach all the way to the stain later on.)
Next, fill your spray bottle with a mixture of one part ammonia and one part hot water. Screw the top onto the spray bottle and shake to combine.
Step 2 – Spray
Spray the diluted ammonia mixture liberally onto your carpet stain, then spread one of a clean towel over the top of it.
Step 3 – Iron
Place your iron onto the towel, moving it around slowly to avoid singeing the carpet. After a few seconds, pull back one edge of the towel and have a look. If all goes well, you should see that quite a bit of the stain has come out of the carpet and is now on your towel!
Step 4 – Repeat
Spray more of the ammonia and water mixture onto the stain as needed to keep it moist, then repeat the ironing process using a clean towel. It may take a few towels, depending on how severe the stain is, but eventually the whole stain should come up out of the carpet!
Generally I try to feature “real world scenarios” in the photos here on the blog, but none of us had any carpet stains when we wrote this post! So in order to demonstrate this stain removal technique, we went ahead and created a stain on a small square of carpet. (We made the stain using quite a bit of blue craft paint, if you’re curious. We figured this was a realistic scenario, because who hasn’t spilled craft paint on their carpet at some point??)
And as you can see, that VERY blue stain was no match for this miraculous stain remover!
General Tips for Carpet Stains
- When a spill happens, you want to work fast to minimize the extent of the stain. A fresher stain will always be easier to remove than a stain that has sat around for a while.
- If whatever you spilled is solid (or a thick liquid like craft paint), use a paper towel to scoop or scrape the excess mess off the carpet. Don’t using a wiping motion at this point, or you could risk making the stain worse. Once you’ve removed as much of the spill as possible, move onto the stain removal method outlined above.
- If you spilled a thin liquid like a drink, firmly press a few kitchen towels into the spill to sop up as much of it as you can. Once the spot is no longer saturated, apply the ammonia mixture and start ironing the stain out.