How to Spot Clean Your Carpet

If you’ve got beautiful carpets taking pride of place in your home, the last thing you want is unsightly stains and spills. Professional carpet cleaning can erase almost any mark but if you’ve got a stain that’s too small to call in a professional but large enough to ruin the look of your carpet, consult our handy spot cleaning guide for easy cleaning tips using household items.

Spot Cleaning: A Few Rules

  1. Always clean up stains as quickly as possible, before they have a change to soak into the fibres.
  2. Avoid strong, bleach based products that can destroy your carpet and dissolve their backing.
  3. Don’t rub or scrub when cleaning, as this can make the stain worse. Instead, blot the area with a dry sponge, working from the inside out.
  4. Don’t use too much cleaner, as this can cause water damage.

General purpose

Vinegar is the most versatile product in a household carpet cleaner’s arsenal. Light stains can be attended to with a solution of 2 teaspoons of salt dissolved in half a cup of white vinegar. Tackle darker stains with 2 teaspoons of borax added to your salt and vinegar mix.

Water soluble stains

Simple stains like drink spills, water paints and watery foods like ice cream can be cleaned with a solution of a quarter teaspoon of vinegar added to four cups of water. Body fluids This will require something a little heavier. Try 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water. If you have woollen carpet, switch the ammonia for a mild detergent.

Fatty stains

Oil and wax can be lifted straight from the carpet with this simple hack. Place a paper towel over the stain and run over it with a warm iron.

Cigarette burns

Use a hard, flat surface, such as a butter knife, to gently rub away the damage. This can be a slow and painstaking process, but worth it if you love your carpets.


Put a few drops of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton bud and press – not blot – the affected area. Repeat until the area is clean.

Chewing gum

Use a piece of ice to freeze the offending gum, shatter it with a hammer or other hard object, and vacuum the pieces away immediately.

Nail polish

Use a few drops of nail polish remover on a cotton bud but be careful when cleaning to avoid spreading the damage.

Tea and coffee

Blot the area with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water.


Nothing gets ink out, right? Wrong. You just need to have a bit of patience. Start by mixing equal parts milk and cornstarch to make a paste and spread the paste over the stain. Give the paste a couple of days to dry, then vacuum the paste and the stain right out of your carpet. For stains that are larger, darker or have been left longer, you may need to repeat the process a few times.

Red wine

You don’t have to ban red wine from your carpeted areas anymore! Believe it or not, white wine is the best way to stop red wine damage. Pour some on immediately to dilute the colour, then blot with a damp sponge. Sprinkle with salt, wait for the area to dry, and vacuum. I don’t know! If you have a stain of dubious origin, try lifting it by mixing a teaspoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of cream of tartar (a dab of toothpaste also works if you don’t have cream of tartar) and covering the stain. For stains that can’t be fixed with simple household cleaners, call Bennetts Carpet Cleaning  on 1300 661 008.