Introduction: Year Old Carpet Stains GONE

Year Old Carpet Stains GONE

Step 1: Your Weapons

Baking Soda
Vinegar-Water 50/50 Mix

Step 2: Apply Baking Soda

Cover the stains with a layer of baking soda.

Step 3: Spray With Vinegar-Water

Step 4: Wait a Few Hours

Step 5: Scrub It Loose

Scrub the vinegar-baking soda paste loose.

Step 6: Sweep It Up

Step 7: Bask in Glory


Sakeen2_2 (author)2017-09-18

How do I get out a 15 year old olive oil stain?? Would this even work? Got any ideas/tips?

DianneD22 (author)2017-06-02

I just tried this on a small stain and it bleached out the color in my carpet. Now I have a bigger problem.The stain was small but now it sticks out. Maybe if it gets"dirty" it won't be as bad.Sorry I tried this.

leop71 (author)DianneD222017-07-26

You probably did not follow correct procedure. You need to make sure all baking soda is removed which takes extra work. My guess is baking soda was not removed. Laziness was the cause of your results.

vblund (author)2017-06-27

Really works! We adopted a dog from the pound who has peed near the back door a few times. I've cleaned the spot with my own carpet cleaner and had the carpets professionally cleaned twice in the past two years. I even paid an extra $60 for enzymes especially for pet stains. Another site recommended saturating with vinegar first and then sprinkling the baking soda, which I did. I could immediately see the baking soda pulling the stain from the carpet! This picture is just one week after having the carpet professionally cleaned!

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MsRendrag (author)2016-04-14

I did a small area to test this method. It did get the stain out but now my carpet is very rough. Any thoughts on why that would happen or how to get it back to normal?

raeaa (author)MsRendrag2017-04-07

If your stain is not too large, a carpet installer should be able to use a "cookie cutter" tool to fix it. When I was a property manager, one property owner used this technique to salvage nice carpet marred by a single stain.

First, the installer will use the tool to cut out a circle containing the stain, then cookie cutter out an identical size circle from a carpet scrap, the back of a closet, or another unseen area. Next, the installer will swap the unstained circle for stained circle, carefully matching the direction of the carpet's nap. He will cut a piece of seam tape, a few inches bigger than the hole. He will insert the seam tape between the carpet and the pad, and glue the patch to to the tape. He will use additional tools to prevent cutting the top fibers and to fluff the carpet to blend the edge.

I found a YouTube video demonstrating the process. There is also a larger cookie cutter tool, similar to a compass that can be used for larger stains. Keep in mind if the carpet is worn or needing shampooing, the patch might blend completely.

I hope this helps!

Mo Poppins (author)MsRendrag2016-06-06

Maybe you've already googled the answer, since you posted your comment 2 months ago, but to answer your question(s), the carpet's rough because the baking soda is still embedded in there. What I'd do is add more vinegar to fizz out the BS, then maybe follow with some water to rinse it out, and finally, blot the excess moisture with a rag/towel.

MsRendrag (author)Mo Poppins2016-06-28

Luckily I own a consumer-level carpet cleaning machine. I ran that over the area and it came out fine, no more roughness.
I board dogs through Many people lie about their dogs being house-broken, no matter how many times we let them out they still leave spots in the house.
We finally have a few days with no dogs so my sons and I are about to try this method on a very large area. I cannot wait to see the results.

I think I'll post before/after pics and then also pics from a week or so after. We've already tried a number of methods and the stains always come back. The after pics in the original post are from right after they finished the procedure so of course it looks good. The true test is if the stains STAY gone.

ConsueloQ (author)MsRendrag2016-08-11

What's the verdict?

Mo Poppins (author)MsRendrag2016-06-28

Hope it works! It's always nice to find cleaning hacks that don't involve toxic chemicals.

Jason-Taylor (author)2017-03-28

Use hydrogen peroxide for hard stains, you can also Use a mixture of water and detergent but if it does not work use hydrogen peroxide which completely removes the stains and clean the carpet. For more info you can visit @

ManarK2 (author)2017-03-13


Its very good idea - But It's messy, damaging, and stubborn. Carpet stains come in various color, form, and chemical composition. For this reason, different sets of procedures are in place to get rid of nasty stains. With the goal of preserving the quality and appearance of carpets, you need to first acknowledge that stains are inevitable so you need to be aware of what to do when that time finally happens.

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Bob6831 (author)2017-03-08

I tried this on my LR carpet which had a old stain in front of the sofa, so I believe was mainly just foot traffic. Did once and got part of it up, a 2nd time .... was not sure if was any change. Questions - how long should I wait before vacuuming up? Have seen "a couple of hours" and "6 hours" mentioned. Also not sure if wet the Baking Soda enough with the Vinegar-Water solution. How wet should it be? Also, after vacuuming it up, all that Baking Soda was all over the bottom of my vacuum! So, next time think I will use my Wet Vac.

Tomas Meyer (author)2017-03-01

Niiice. I'm going to try it. My $50+ bottle of stain cleaner cleaned the original mess, but my grands and niece and nephew make grand messes here, and I cannot afford to constantly pay so much for a cleaner. The soda and vinegar I always have, usually several gallons of vinegar and several boxes of soda.

KristyB37 (author)2017-02-09

I have a child who has enuresis so I've always been up on the urine stains. First, the biggest problem with urine stains is removing it all. On a mattress for example, you can't just clean the surface. Take it outside, get the water hose and saturate the entire mattress. This must be done at least twice. Before cleaning and after to thoroughly rinse any soap or cleaner residues. Of course, you can't just take carpet outside. You have to saturate the area on the carpet. Pour a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water on stain. Rub it in so it get the padding too. Blot up until barely damp. Or use a shop vac. Mix 1/2 tsp dishsoap into 1 cup peroxide. Liberally spread baking soda onto stained area. Use a brush to integrate it with the fibers. Pour peroxide mixture on soda. Rub in so it reaches the padding. Blot excess then let dry. Vacuum. Pour another vinegar mixture. Rub in. Blot. Pour Straight water. Blot. More water. Blot. More water. Blot. Move down into a house with cream carpet in the closets that was filled with old pee stains from dogs. It took a good two weeks but the above method entirely removed the smell and stains. They never returned. Always use cold water too. If the yellow discoloration remains just keep repeating until gone. Labor intensive but really the only way to completely get rid of pee stains from carpet. I've been cleaning pee stains for 15 yrs between dogs and kids. I've tried everything on the market. Nothing works better.

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Ladybug59 (author)2016-12-30

It looks so easy.

moviniton2 (author)2016-11-14

If you do not use clear water in the shampooer, after you clean then the stain will come back. You need to rinse ALOT, get the soap out.

DonW59 (author)2016-07-05

Maybe someone knows why that after using our home carpet machine,the stains come back after 2-3 days?

AmericanCarpetC (author)DonW592016-10-19

If you don't get to the root of the problem, i can guarantee the stain will always come back, no matter what its from, also the machines that are rented usually don't have enough suction power to fully extract, in most sever cases checking the padding is your best bet.

GregG102 (author)DonW592016-10-12

I see it's been a few months since that question but none the less it may be helpful to for you to understand that most of these carpets have padding underneath them and when a stain occurs on a carpet it usually has time to soak in and down to the padding. A lot of these cleaning methods really only get what's on top and also leaves soap residue behind which attract dirt several days later making the stain reappear. You can keep working on it and it will get better.

AncuA (author)DonW592016-07-10

it happened the same to me

jpup7055 (author)DonW592016-07-07

It depends on the type of stains you have, but I just found this out today. For example with pet stains, using a steam vac or any heat with a home carpet cleaner including hot water or the heater feature is actually a huge no no when cleaning pet stains. The heat binds the chemicals in the urine to man-made fibers, settings a portion of the stain and odor more permanently. I was surprised to learn this, but perhaps it is true for other types of stains.

jbrown47 (author)DonW592016-07-06

Try using a carpet stain pretreatment spray and let it set before you do your carpet cleaning.

kelsailaway (author)DonW592016-07-06

Because the stain is in the pad under the carpet. It takes a few days for the stain to whick back up through the carpet fibers. Keep at it, and eventually you'll get it out.

DanielT100 (author)2016-09-15

does this work for stains in cars?

Spike1million (author)2016-09-12

Hi. I had a turmeric stain on my carpet that i got a stain remover company to come and help me with, they used something on it and it later turned pink, they returned and took out the pink, and used a watered down version of bicarbonate of soda on it, and then said if it still had pink in it to use more bicarb of soda on it, which i did, it removed the pink but then discoloured the area outside the stain and now i have an even bigger stain there and the carpet appears ruined, i wish i had not bothered as i would now rather have lived with a small turmeric stain than a large messy stain, i have no idea what i can do and am thinking i may have to start saving to replace the carpet. I tried just using water to try and merge the now square stain with the rest of the carpet but it hasnt made any difference. the stain is bang in the middle of my living room carpet. Do you have any ideas about what i can do?

darklotus (author)2016-07-10

Hi Roxanne,

If the stain is dog or cat urine, I use between 1/3rd white vinegar and 2/3rds water to half and half.

If it's dried, I firstly sponge it in then put a towel over the stain and stomp on it to get as much moisture out of the carpet and underlay as possible. I sometimes have to repeat this a couple of times, but I find it lightens the stain and removes any urine smell. If you get a fresh urine stain, use a towel and stomp to remove as much urine as you can, then use the white vinegar mix after with a fresh towel to soak it up. I've done this on both cream coloured carpet and brown carpet and it's worked well, but I can't vouch for other colours.

roxannebrown (author)2016-07-10

I have a urine stain from my dog in my bedroom that looks like it's getting darker?? Will this help to get it out??

RastaWife (author)2016-07-05

Okay trying this tomorrow . . . it looks to good to be true!

oktired (author)2016-06-27

Does anyone know if this will this work on blood stains?

BrendaM26 (author)oktired2016-07-05

I would try hydrogen peroxide, I know it works on clothing.

BrendaM26 (author)oktired2016-07-05

I would try hydrogen peroxide, I know it works on clothing.

yrralguthrie (author)oktired2016-07-05

Blood can be removed with cold water. Even dried blood but much harder. If you put the item in cold water before it dries the blood just flows into the water. Similar to soaking dirt out. Little scrubbing needed. When you can no longer see the blood throw it in the washer, but use cold water not hot. Hot water will set the stain and then it's very hard to get out.

hydra1126 (author)2016-06-05

Niiice. I'm going to try it. My $50+ bottle of stain cleaner cleaned the original mess, but my grands and niece and nephew make grand messes here, and I cannot afford to constantly pay so much for a cleaner. The soda and vinegar I always have, usually several gallons of vinegar and several boxes of soda.

boocat (author)hydra11262016-06-05

Don't let them wear their filthy street shoes into the house. Leave them at the front door like the Japanese do. Really helps keep the carpet clean. Who wants to track in germy stuff from sidewalks anyway?

djtori (author)boocat2016-07-05

I agree. The thought of what may come in from public bathrooms is another thing.

pete.hohensee (author)boocat2016-06-06

Okay ma.

GiuliaV2 (author)2016-07-01

hi i bought a steam cleaner it clean my carpet ok but there is a 2,4 year old cream soda stain that just isnt comimg out does any body know what i can do

DianaR70 (author)2016-06-27

So I just did this on a test spot last night and it worked perfectly! I'm amazed! It was maybe a 6 month old pet urine stain that nothing else had worked on. Protip: Use Arm & Hammer pet fresh baking soda! I couldn't smell a hint of the vinegar after vacuuming. The carpet smells even better than before I moved in (It was already a little old and musty).

DivineLMT (author)2016-06-16

oh boy ! I'm going to try this!

qdogg (author)2016-06-06

I used 3% peroxide on an old red juice stain, let it soak, then put a towel over it & used an iron to heat it. The stain was almost invisible after 2 or 3 treatments. You want the iron hot enough to make steam but not enough to scorch.

RichardE57 (author)2016-04-01

Not all puppies are a large brained emotional mammal. You have Standard Poodles which are the most intelligent breed with Border Collies close behind, these dogs are actually more intelligent than many humans. I have found owners of these breeds to be very intelligent people, usually with genius level IQ's.

Then at the other end of the scale is a popular breed known as Pit Bulls who have been bred for fighting to the death. Pit Bulls haven't been bred for intelligence or emotional traits. They are not as stupid as an Afghan but Pit Bulls are close to being the stupidest breed and usually their owners are on the same level intellectual level, with IQ's usually under 80.

People should only breed intelligent and friendly and loving dogs. It's time to let the aggressive violent breeds die out. If you need a protective dog, the German Shepard is the logical choice.

nhawley (author)RichardE572016-04-27

I think the only one lacking an IQ is yourself in regards to dog breeds. A good owner can overcome much of what you described with the right amount of effort regardless of the breed.

CherylanneC (author)nhawley2016-06-06

Well said. Some of these coments defy belief. My dog is still learning every day. Rubbing a dogs nose in theirs excerement is not the way I would ever teach my animals.


None of that is true and the assumption relies on correlation not causation.
Pitbulls were bred as large working dogs along with staffies to help confront Coyotes and Wolves LATER they began fighting breedings. This shows they WERE bred for intelligence and emotional traits as they would need to perceive the actions of their owners like any other working dog.

Also, German Shepards are in the top 3 for dog bites....

Evelyn348 (author)2016-06-05

vinegar and water - even amounts of each? Will try it soon. thanks for simple remedy.

violetsmuse (author)2016-05-13

I really hope this works on my carpet... definitely going to try today ! Thanks for posting!

jackson.elfton (author)2014-11-06

Regardless of whether you own a dog or a cat, Genesis 950 is the best pet stain remover you will find. There are several other methods often suggested for cleaning. All too often, while the suggestions for removing pet stains are made in good faith, there are many issues with recommendations made. Vinegar, enzymes and household cleaners are widely recommended, however they are not always effective.

Here's why:

Vinegar - Vinegar is one of the most widely recommended agents for cleaning pet stains. While it is in fact a good, natural cleaner, it should NEVER be used for pet stains. Vinegar is a natural acid with a pH balance of 2. The acidity does help it break down stains. The problem however with pet owners is that same acidic base which can break down stains. While vinegar has a pH level of 2, urine has a pH balance of 6. Both cats and dogs urinate where they smell they have gone before. This is obvious when a dog is taken outside and he sniffs out a spot to do his business. Or, if on a walk, your dog sniffs a spot then marks on it. Dogs do this because they can smell the acidity of their own, or another dog's urine. Cats do the same thing in a litter box. The odor of their urine, or odor added to the litter leads them to that spot. In the event that a pet is going to the bathroom in the chances, chances are it is in the same spot, or general area. This typically has less to do with training, and more so with the fact the smell the acidity of their urine. They will keep going to that spot unless it is properly cleaned. A vinegar cleaning will not remove that odor. Instead, you are simply enhancing it by adding another compound with a similar acidic base.

Enzymes - Enzymes are hailed for their natural ability to break down stains. Enzymes are everywhere. The human body has them as well. The most notable are enzymes in the digestive system. These enzymes break down food to help the digestive process. Enzymes in the stomach react to food being ingested. While they can break down food, they don't break down the stomach lining. Enzymes perform specific tasks based on their function. This is important to understand. Enzymes will only work properly if they are in the right environment to perform. This holds true with pet stains. Enzymatic cleaners might be able to clean partial portions of pet stains, but they can not completely remove them because of variations in the environment. The diet of the pet, room temperature, previously exposed chemicals on the area being cleaning, expiration date of the enzyme and so on impact an enzyme's ability to function. Nor do enzymes contain the ability to remove the odor. They do not kill the bacteria that causes the odor. In fact, many people will notice odors returning after a few days. Sometimes, worse than it had previously been.

Household Cleaners - There are all sorts of problems using these types of cleaners. Some are notorious for discoloring carpet and creating an orange/pink tint to your carpet. Others might mask the odor briefly but not actually remove the stain or smell permanently. Soap based cleaners actually make the stains worse as the soaps attract more dirt and grime to the area. These types of cleaners leave behind a grayish tint.

Genesis 950 cleans the area. It does so safely and effectively. Genesis 950 can be used as a spot cleaner or in a carpet cleaning machine. For deep or old stains, it is recommended to use the mixture of Genesis 950 and water in a carpet cleaning machine. For urine based stains, the stain can extend below the surface and into the padding. When pet stains are in the padding, the odor will remain in your carpet until it is thoroughly cleaned. If it is not properly cleaned, you pet may continue to go in that spot, or odors will linger and be enhanced.

Genesis 950 when used in a steam cleaner is your best option. Genesis 950 comes in concentrate form. It must be mixed with water for it to become active. Most home machines have 2 compartments for cleaning. One holds water, and the other solution. This makes mixing very easy. The solution compartment was simply filled with the concentrated Genesis 950 and the water compartment filled with water. The machine automatically mixes the two for you on it's own. With the machine, the mixture of Genesis 950 and water was able to be introduced to the carpet. Once the carpet absorbed the mixture, it began to break down the stains, disinfect the carpet, and remove the odor. The area was allowed to site for a few minutes, then rinsed. After rinsing, the carpet looked and smelled like new. Years of stains and the struggles in removing them were all gone!

Genesis 950 is also perfect as a spot cleaner. This is best advised for stains which do not go below the surface of the carpet. It is perfect for vomit stains. These types of stains might not go into the padding to cause odor issues, but they can cause severe discoloration. The reason for this is primarily from dye in pet food. This dye can cause harmful stains, especially on a white carpet! When using as a spot cleaner, it is best to remove any debris from the area, then spray with the mixture of Genesis 950 and water. While the recommended ratio is 1 part Genesis 950 to 7 parts water, this can be increased all the way to a 50/50 mix depending on the severity of the stain. Spray the mixture onto the stain, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse clean.

DebbiH (author)jackson.elfton2015-12-17

I forked out money I could ill afford on this stuff. My then puppy marked my carpet in a few areas and I was becoming desperate so thought, after reading the sales pitch that I would go ahead and get some, why not if it actually does what it says, right? I followed the instructions to the letter (more than once) and guess what? It didn't work. I wouldn't waste money on this rubbish again. End of story.

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