Introduction: Year Old Carpet Stains GONE

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Year Old Carpet Stains GONE

Step 1: Your Weapons

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Baking Soda
Vinegar-Water 50/50 Mix

Step 2: Apply Baking Soda

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Cover the stains with a layer of baking soda.

Step 3: Spray With Vinegar-Water

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Step 4: Wait a Few Hours

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Step 5: Scrub It Loose

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Scrub the vinegar-baking soda paste loose.

Step 6: Sweep It Up

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Step 7: Bask in Glory

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GaryP111 (author)2017-11-20

I use the vinegar and water but I use a damp cloth and iron. Just spray the stain with the vinegar and water mix then place a damp towel or cloth over the stain and iron over it. You can see the stain transfer from the carpet to the cloth in front of your eyes. The baking soda (once dried) will get out any smell that may be present and doesn't make the carpet hard.

CarolW110 (author)2017-11-19

i used this to try to get stain from cat throwing up after eating some cat food that stained my carpet a redish orange color. The incident was less than a month ago and this did not really help. Its apartment so not really worried.

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?

T-Pac (author)MsRendrag2017-11-18

If you have a carpet shampooing machine you can use the rinse cycle. That works for me. Hope this helps.

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!

hnancy-taylor (author)raeaa2017-10-05

Thanks for this video

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.

Sue_vos (author)2017-10-20

Thank you very much for this. I will definitely give it a try.

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.

Dizzy54 (author)DianneD222017-10-04

I like using vinegar for washing windows and cleaning bathrooms but I too have not had good results with vinegar on some surfaces. I prefer to use a natural product like

Dizzy54 (author)2017-10-04

Hello - I am interested to understand why you would scrub to remove the stain? Surely this would damage the pile of the carpet. I followed your method and every time I vacuum the carpet the damaged pile upsets me as much as the stain (make-up!). To deal with a stain as soon as it happens would a natural product like Mrs Gleam's carpet stain remove and dab rather than scrub. Also the baking soda is not easy to get out of a woollen thick pile carpet. Still better than using some chemical filled brands.

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?

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!

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.

MariahW10 (author)2017-02-06

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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.

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