Nail polish, red wine, and juice all serve their purposes, but when they spill you’ve got to figure out how to remove red carpet stains.

Is it even possible? Every stain is different and the method you use to clean it will depend on what spilled and how old the stain is. Here’s everything you need to know about getting red stains out of the carpet.

Nail Polish

Nail polish spills can be tricky to remove, and like any stain are best when treated right away. If you have dark-colored carpet, be careful to avoid using nail polish remover, since it might bleach your carpet. Stick with hairspray or rubbing alcohol as the cleaning agent. Light-colored carpet can be cleaned effectively using hairspray, rubbing alcohol, or clear-colored non-acetone nail polish remover. Spray the cleaner onto the stain and scrub it using a brush. Then blot the stain to remove the liquid and color using a clean cloth. Repeat these steps until the stain is removed.

Red Wine or Juice

Acting quickly when a drink is spilled will help prevent permanent staining. Quickly add water to the stain and then soak up as much liquid as possible with a towel. Next, spray the stain with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Blot the cleaning solution into the stain, and repeat until it’s clean. 

Unknown Red Stains

You can remove red carpet stains even if you don’t know what caused the stain or how long it’s been there. The most effective cleaners for red stains are hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Hydrogen peroxide works well for organic stains, like blood. Start by spraying or blotting hydrogen peroxide onto the stain with a clean, white cloth so no color transfers to the carpet. If the stain starts to lift, keep doing what you’re doing. If it’s not budging, try spaying some ammonia on top. The two chemicals can work together to create a powerful stain remover. 

If you’re still struggling to remove the stain, here’s one last method to try. First, it’s important that you open up all the windows and turn on fans to avoid breathing in any chemicals. Next, spay enough ammonia on the carpet to completely cover the stain. Then cover the stain with a wet paper towel or other white cloth and place a hot iron over the top, using the heat to help lift the stain. Check the cloth every 20-30 seconds to see if the stain is lifting, and repeat until it’s gone. Make sure the stain stays wet with ammonia throughout the entire process.

This process should remove at least the bulk of the stain, but if you’re still left with some stain residue you should call a professional cleaning company that has the proper tools, knowledge, and cleaning solutions to tackle the stain. 

Daisy Maids Is Here 

Need some help to remove red carpet stains? Daisy Maids is here to help! Our professional cleaners provide general and deep cleaning services, move-in and move-out cleaning services, and home disinfection and sanitization. We’re fully licensed and insured, and we charge by the job, not by the hour. We’re located in Salt Lake City and offer cleaning services to the surrounding cities, including Murray, Taylorsville, and West Valley. Contact us today to get your free cleaning quote!