Carpet-Saving Stain Removal Tips

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Stains are a messy subject, no pun intended. Each and every stain is different and needs to be treated that way. That being said, I have definitely found some proven stain removal steps I use on generic stains, so I wanted to share those tips with you. Because there are so many types of stains, the easiest way I found to classify stains are new and old.

And a quick note before you remove any kind of stain, make sure to check a small area of your carpet for colorfastness.

Here’s my stain removal procedure for a NEW stain:
If you notice a stain right away or watch in horror as it happens, follow these steps to get that stain out.

  1. Get some white rags and soak up as much of the stain as you can. (Really step on the rags and put as much weight as you can on them to get everything up.)
  2. If you have a stain remover spray, now is the best time to apply it.
    • If the stain is from a pet mess, your best bet would be using an enzyme cleaner, like this. I do a few sprays at a distance, making sure to spray a larger area around the stain, and let the formula work overtime by placing a damp rag over the stain for a few hours.
    • If the stain is from a spill like red wine, grape juice, tea or something similar, I would us an oxy stain remover. Something like this. Make sure you always test it on a small area first and never oversaturate. Depending on the size of the stain, one to two mists over the area are plenty. Just make sure you spray the area around the stain, in case it spread on the backing of the carpet. Our oxy products will work on stains from pet messes, too.
  3. After you've done the step above, my go-to stain remover is the Stomp 'n Go® pad It is AMAZING! And with three kids and three dogs, it’s safe to say it has saved my carpet many, many times. For most stains, I will use a couple over the course of two days and leave them on until they are completely dried out. Talk about serious carpet savers!
  4. Hopefully after all of that the stain is gone. Just remember to be patient. Don't expect the stain to come out first try or right away. Work on it over the course of a few days and go slowly to not ruin your carpet fibers.

Here’s my stain removal procedure for an OLD stain:
If you discover a mess on your carpet that has already dried, the best way to go about getting it out is with a carpet cleaning machine. If you have one, great, use it. If you don’t have one, this is the one I recommend.

  1. I would use a Stomp 'n Go® pad first and let it do its work. Place it over the entire stain until the pad is dry. This might mean using two or three depending on the size of the stain.
  2. Once the pads are dry, use your carpet cleaner to extract the stain.

I think one thing to keep in mind is that stains are exactly that: stains. And the longer they’ve been there the harder they will be to get out. If you are patient and really work a stain, they usually come out. But even I have over saturated a stain before and ruined the spot on my carpet. Carpets are delicate and the fibers are dyed colors, so when stains have the time to soak in there may be no turning back. The best thing to do is get to a stain right away, don’t wait! And if you ever need help, reach out to our experts at we are always happy to answer questions you may have.

About Alissandra: Alissandra Bissell offers expert tips on topics, like cleaning, home organizing and general lifestyle. As a fifth generation Bissell, she has grown up in the floorcare industry and has a passion for all things clean. With three kids and three dogs she offers helpful tips so that busy families and pet parents can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life’s everyday moments.