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Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Remove Carpet Stains

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Today I have a cleaning post for you.
Let's start out with our before and afters, shall we?
Looks pretty good, eh?
I first saw this carpet cleaning method over at DIY & Crafts and I pinned it for a time when I would need it.
Well as you can tell in the before picture, I needed it :)
This was our apartment in California. This was our family room area, just after walking in through the front door.
When we first moved in they had just cleaned the carpets.
It looked beautiful.

Then, slowly over a period of a few months these black spots just started appearing.
We didn't realize until much later that the big palm tree-type trees outside our apartment would drip a sap-like substance that would get tracked into our apartment. We would always take our shoes off when we got home, but most of the time the shoes would just get tossed and end up on the carpet...hence the spots. This was the only area in the apartment that looked like this, and it was so annoying because it was the main area people would see when they came over.
One day I just decided to tackle these ugly spots and it worked!
What I used:
1 part vinegar
2 parts water
a damp cloth
an iron
Mix the vinegar and water and pour into a spray bottle.
Spray the spots you would like to remove.
 Place a damp cloth over the spots, put your iron on the steam setting and place over the cloth.
Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
 And that's it!
There were a few spots I did have to spray and steam a few times to get the stubborn stain out, but for the most part it was quick and easy.
Here are a couple more before and after shots for you.
 And one more :)
Since moving to our new place I haven't had any spots pop up anywhere yet, but if they do, I know how to handle them :)

If you found this cleaning post helpful, make sure to check out my other cleaning posts:


  1. This will get me out of a lot of trouble!! Thank you so much for sharing, hehe. c:


  2. awesome! we have some bad stains too, I'm totally going to try this. Thanks!
    Sisters, Sisters

  3. I'm in the process of moving and will be trying this! Thank you!

  4. Will try this ~ thanks for sharing! Juila

  5. wow that is impressive! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  6. Great tip! Pinning! With pets and kids, we've always got mystery stains that I need to clean. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I never knew this method but it works well ! Thank you for linking up with the I'm proud of that link up !

  8. That's cool. Always fascinating to see what spot on carpet cleaning can do to redeem what it would seem is an insurmountable mess. It's often a matter of perception, but mostly it's concrete methods and alternatives. Pick the ones that work for you.

    A New CC

  9. Amazing! To think of it, one could really make use of the steaming function of iron in cleaning. Now, if ever my steamer breaks down, I'm sure to apply that nifty technique. Hahaha! Thanks so much for sharing that DIY feat! Happy homemaking!

    Nathan Riley @ Steemer

  10. It’s great that you were able to make use of that DIY cleaning method. A lot of posted DIY’s on the web are not only useful, most of them could also be fun at times. That being said, you really did a great job on removing the stains from your carpet; it definitely looks way better than before. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!

    Bennie Dixon @ SafeCleanWandsworthUK


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