Helpful carpet care tips that will help you maintain a clean carpet in between your professional carpet cleanings. If you have any questions that are not answered below please contact our carpet professionals at (480) 626-3492.

  • How to Remove Acid Stains - Acid spills, such as drain cleaner or vinegar, demand quick action. Dilute them immediately with baking soda and water or with club soda. Then apply a solution of ammonia (1 part) and water (10 parts). Rinse with cold water, let dry, and vacuum gently.
  • How to Remove Alcoholic Beverage Stains - Quickly dilute the spot with cold water. Absorb the excess liquid. Then mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Apply the solution to the spot, and let the carpet dry. Vacuum gently.

  • How to Remove Blood Stains - Absorb as much of the blood as you can. Then mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Apply the solution to the spot, and let dry. Apply dry-cleaning fluid. Vacuum gently after the carpet is dry.

  • How to Remove Butter or Grease Stains - Scrape up as much of the butter as you can. Apply dry-cleaning fluid, and let the carpet dry. If the spot remains, repeat the procedure. Vacuum gently.

  • How to Remove Candle Wax Stains - Press an ice cube against the wax stain. The wax will harden and can then be pulled off.
  • How to Remove Ketchup Stains - Sponge a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups water into rug. Frequently wring out sponge until stain is gone.

  • How to Remove Chewing Gum Stains - Chewing gum can be a sticky mess, so harden it by pressing an ice cube against the blob of gum. Once hardened, the gum can be pulled off.

  • How to Remove Chocolate Stains - Immediately scrape the chocolate from the carpet. Mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Apply the solution to the spot. Rinse well. Vacuum gently.

  • How to Remove Coffee Stains - Blot spilled coffee immediately. Then mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Apply the solution to the spot, and let dry. Apply dry-cleaning fluid. Vacuum gently after the carpet is dry.
  • How to Remove Crayon Stains - Scrape away excess crayon or remove it by placing a blotter over the crayon stain and pressing it with a warm iron until the blotter absorbs the melted crayon. Move the blotter frequently so that it doesn't get oversaturated. Apply dry-cleaning fluid, and let the carpet dry. Vacuum gently.


WARNING: Always test solution in an inconspicuous area for possible damage to carpet. Some fabrics such as used in oriental or persian rugs can bleed or color strip easily. A Mug You Can Trust does not guarantee results with these tips. Always consult a professional if you're not sure how to proceed.