Year Old Carpet Stains GONE




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



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    Question 6 months ago

    I did all the steps advised on this post but my carpet has now changed colour and is more yellow. In time will it blend in with the rest of the carpet or not?

    I had a large dark stain on my carpet. I went through the process that was explained. I went though the process as advised. But now the carpet has changed color and is more yellow than before. Will this color eventually darken to the original carpet color?


    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.

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    Hi Gary, I'd LOVE your assistance and advice because I have 4 stains that look exactly like yours.. I'm SO nervous I'm going to make it worse by doing this..

    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.

    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?

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

    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!

    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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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    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

    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.

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


    1 year ago

    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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