How can I remove old stains from my carpet?

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I would like to remove old stains from old carpet (some of them are pet stains). Looking for Best & Easiest suggestions. Thanks!
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 20, 2017
    Honestly I would rent a carpet cleaner.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Mar 20, 2017
    Sounds crazy, but I have removed some carpet stains with WD40! Put it on, leave it for a few, scrub with some kind of brush, rinse with warm water and dry.

  • Kristy Kristy on Mar 21, 2017
    I was looking for a way to get red jello stains out of off white/very light beige-ish colored carpet. They are pretty surface. I've got oxy clean but that doesn't always work and can bleach your carpet. I've had a few people tell me AWESOME brand cleaner from the dollar store greys rid of a lot of different stains including pet stains so I'm gonna try it on my jello lol.

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    • Karen Srigley Karen Srigley on Mar 26, 2017
      Try club soda works well on red wine.

  • Robintish Robintish on Mar 21, 2017
    Wet a paper towel, but not soaking with some club soda. Fold it into a square and wet the spots. Wet them enough so that the jello is wet again. Press, press, press. The red will come up on the paper towel. Change paper towel as needed. It usually works for me with red wine. Remember, don't rub, just press.

  • Gina Gina on Mar 22, 2017
    A good quality professional steam cleaner company should be able to get rid of these stains for you. They got rid of cat poo off a white carpet we were renting before we left and had to pass an inspection and honestly it came up like new, I was amazed. The man said he had chemicals to remove all sorts of dried in stains and had pretty much seen them all, so do your research and ggo for the best quality company you can afford, get a quote and ask if they can get the stains out before committing to the service.
    I live I need Melbourne Victoria, Australia, but the cleaners I use here always get the stains out for me, but you must use steam cleaners not dry , or shampoo cleaners.
    good luck, but remember do not commit until you can see or at least know, they can do the job the way you want it done 😉

    • Gina Gina on Mar 22, 2017
      PS you can also try some of the methods mentioned previously, you have nothing to lose. If they don't work, then go for the professional approach. Also look on Pinterest, they have lots of good ideas 😊

  • Rory McBean Rory McBean on Mar 22, 2017
    I use a product called Spot Shot. I have treated blood, red wine, pet, and old coffee stains with great success!

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    • Rose Tovey Rose Tovey on Mar 27, 2017
      I love Spot Shot, spray the spot, work it in a bit with my thumb,
      use a folded paper towel to blot (not rub) it out, turning the towel. Sometimes I use an old white washcloth. You can see the stain transfer.

      For SOOT on a yellow rug (furnace malfunction) the best product is Tuff Stuff (big yellow spray can, sold at automotive stores). Spray it, work it in gently, let it sit a minute, use paper towel or old white washcloth to blot. I have to do this twice, but it takes it out of my yellow Karastan wool rug. Nothing else I tried worked as well.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Mar 22, 2017
    Ok, let me know if it works!

  • Jacqueline duhart Jacqueline duhart on Mar 22, 2017
    I have been using 3% hydrogen peroxide with success. Have a new puppy so it has been tested.

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    • Familyfound Familyfound on Mar 27, 2017
      Peroxide could bleach the colour...try a test spot first....make sure you don't use it in a sunny spot!

  • Candy Baldwin-Grant Candy Baldwin-Grant on Mar 23, 2017
    I used Folex to get spaghetti sauce out of brand new carpet, years ago, and still use it.
    I've also used Awesome (from the Dollar Tree. Walmart also carries it now) to remove ink stains, gum, grass stains, food stains (under the dining table), and greasy oily stains with great success, from both carpet and clothing. Even now, with kids and grandkids no longer living with me, I still use both Folex and Awesome. Lately, I have been using Awesome in my laundry. I add it to the washer at the beginning of each load. It seems to aid the liquid detergent. My hubby is forever forgetting to tell me about small stains on his clothes, until I am pulling them from the dryer, and so far so good, all stains came out.
    I wish you all the best in your stain removals.

    • Joanne C. Wanciak Joanne C. Wanciak on Mar 24, 2017
      I get Folex at the grocery store. It'S cleaning power is awesome . I spray it on the spots ,leave for a few minutes ,then fold white paper towels and press with my feet to blot. Haven't found. Anything it doesn't clean up on my carpet. Works on upholstery too.

  • Cwright410 Cwright410 on Mar 23, 2017
    1. Pine Sol. Get a bucket and a small scrub brush with a handle from the dollar store but get the real Pine Sol elsewhere. I like the lemon or floral scent. Fill the bucket with 3/4 warm water and 1/4 with the Pine Sol. Scrub away on your hands and knees and use as little of the solution as you can. If you want, just do the stained part. I like to do the entire room at once. But, you could do it in sections. Avoid the damp area for about 24 hours.

  • Joanne Migneco Higgins Joanne Migneco Higgins on Mar 23, 2017
    Make a paste with baking soda, water and white vinegar. Leave on for an hour so and then rinse.

  • Martha Evans Martha Evans on Mar 23, 2017
    I,too have had much success with Hydrogen Peroxide to remove many stains, blouses, carpet, ect; and no it did not bleach out the stains . Happy cleaning😊

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    • After a week of being on the road, I came home to a huge red wine stain...that the cat did (yeah, right).
      I treated the red wine stain with peroxide and I sat down and just watched it disappear! AMAZING!
      And by the way, our cat only has one small glass of wine, not the ENTIRE BOTTLE!

  • Jan Settles Jan Settles on Mar 23, 2017
    I use peroxide and the stains are gone! Just attach a sprayer to the bottle, point and spray!! Love it!!��❤

  • Big2460870 Big2460870 on Mar 23, 2017
    pawTree Oxy Shot and Urin Eliminator for the pet stains. Works so great! Can only be bought on line. Go to: www.pawTree.com/4petHealth

  • Lis20137989 Lis20137989 on Mar 24, 2017
    I've had great success with peroxide as well. It works well on most stains and sometimes I let the sun help the peroxide a little.

  • Peggie Love Peggie Love on Mar 24, 2017
    I rented a shampooing machine from lowes. I used blue dawn dish soap, baking soda and 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide for each section. I was totally blown away at how this filthy carpet came up fairly well. Eventually I'm going to have it ripped out cuz I have too many pets wow what a difference

    • Mad21060095 Mad21060095 on Mar 24, 2017
      How much of the soap, soda and peroxide do you use per mixing? My shampooer has the plastic receptacle to hold the liquid cleaner

  • Sherry Cartwright Sherry Cartwright on Mar 24, 2017
    I haven't tried peroxide yet but I certainly will now..my mother spilled Gatorade on the beige carpet and I've tried awesome, spot remover, folex dang near everything. The awesome at the dollar tore is REALLY good for som many thing. It cut the grease in my filter over the stove with one applicatio..,I usually have 5 or 6 bottles in the house at all times.

  • Rory McBean Rory McBean on Mar 24, 2017
    That's right!

  • Jan Jan on Mar 25, 2017
    For old stains , Folex. If there are still odors, use an enzyme based cleaner such as Nok out to truly remove the scent so the animals can't smell it and continue going back to the same spot.

    • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 26, 2017
      Your liquid laundry detergent also has enzymes that work and may be less expensive. Put some water in a bottle and add equal amount of detergent (I was using Tide). Gently move to mix. A stray male cat has been spraying my porch and some places on my o/s walls. I just sprayed it on and didn't bother to wash off. It neutralized the odor within seconds.

  • Charlotte Ingle Charlotte Ingle on Mar 25, 2017
    Years ago my father-in-law told me to use windex on carpet stains. We had a cleaning day at church and I noticed these terrible carpet stains at the entrance of the church, probably there for many years. I used the windex and removed all those old stains. Have used it since with success.

    • Eve Eve on Mar 27, 2017
      I have really tuff stains on my carpet, one, I'm pretty sure my daughter spilled a whole bottle of foundation on the carpet, I used dish soap, bleach, laundry soap and carpet cleaner. It's still there. Another stain is pink, not sure what. It is, may be wine or sweet and sour sauce. I have tenants renting my rooms. I have not yet tried peroxide, do you mix it half and half with water, or do you use it straight?

  • Jodie Jodie on Mar 25, 2017
    These are some great suggestions! How about ink on a microfiber couch? My daughter's friend decided to bring over a bottle of ink that got knocked over and spilled twice, once on the sofa and once on the carpet. So not just a little spot or mark, but rather large spills. :(

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    • AngieZ AngieZ on Mar 29, 2017
      Hairspray works great on ink! Spray some on a clean, white cloth and blot the stain. The ink will transfer from the sofa to the cloth. When the stain is out, use a little water with a small drop of dish detergent (any kind) on another white cloth and dab the spot to remove the stickiness of the hairspray! Works like a charm!

  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 25, 2017
    Rubbing alcohol & blot, don't rub. I had the same issue & it worked. I had to repeat the process several times.

  • Tina Tina on Mar 25, 2017
    have you tried baking soda ,2tsp 1 cup warm water and a brush?

  • Dagmar Riley Dagmar Riley on Mar 25, 2017
    I personally use Hydrogen Peroxide but I don't have very old stains. I saw this post from a lady that had. Wet old stains and was able to remove them http://www.channel3000.com/lifestyle/vinegar-baking-soda-mixture-removes-3-year-old-carpet-stain/162927645

  • Amber Amber on Mar 25, 2017
    I use/love Carbona Pet Stain Remover. I had two 20 yr old Maltese who were slightly forgetful. This
    product takes stains and odors out of carpet and upholstery beautifully!!!

  • Lvo10265943 Lvo10265943 on Mar 25, 2017
    Shout Laundry Stain Remover Spray from grocery store. Spray it on and rub with a cold wet blue sponge with rougher blue side on sponge. Use whichever side works. Hot water sets stains so only use cold water. Spray again until you get it all out. Shout has a very nice scent, also. I swear by Shout for stains.

  • Darlene Heichelbech Darlene Heichelbech on Mar 25, 2017
    ever thought of using toilet bowl cleaner I got hot chocolot stains out of a freinds carpet she spilled it and instead of cleaning it up right away let it dry into the carpet we used liquid toilet bowl cleaner!
    I was a maid in a fancy shmacy apt comples,and while getting ready to clean the sliding door track I noticed rust on the bottom of the drapes I cleaned them up with toilet bowlcleaner and the boss was thrilled withe results,couldn't believe how I did it and saved them thousands of dollars for replacing them!

  • Norah Gammon Norah Gammon on Mar 25, 2017
    To the lady whose husband uses the product to take off her blouse, tell her it works pretty well on the rug too. LOL.

  • Martha Evans Martha Evans on Mar 26, 2017
    Hahaha LOL✔️

  • Yai22197868 Yai22197868 on Mar 26, 2017
    Thanks for all the tips everyone!

  • Daisyduck57 Daisyduck57 on Mar 26, 2017
    Spot Shot, blue and orange can, look in walmart~told a co worker about it, after her husband dropped pizza on the rug(GREASE!!). She hugged me the next time I saw her!!!

  • Rory McBean Rory McBean on Mar 26, 2017
    You can buy it at most grocery stores with the other carpet cleaners. Also Wal-Mart and Target.

  • Ravenna Ravenna on Mar 27, 2017
    My Husband spilt an entire jar of coconut oil on our light beige carpet, we have use the carpet machine multiple times yet the stain comes right back!! Any ideas for this as it's a rather large stain and of course right in the walkway in our bedroom ( on my side). Help😳

  • Shawna Shawna on Mar 27, 2017
    Try mixing dawn dish soap, lemon juice, and baking soda. Will not bleach out your carpet, but I use this on my rugs, beige carpet, and clothes stains, it works great for me!

  • Rob Stoddard Rob Stoddard on Mar 27, 2017
    I used a tip I found just this weekend and I was blown away how well it worked.Mix ammonia and hot water in equal amounts in a spray bottle. Spray stain and rub in a little with you fingers.Take a light colored towel and place over stain.Then use your iron on high steam setting and iron back and forth over stain area.The stain lifted right out of the carpet into the towel.You could use any color towel but the light or white color allows you to see the process happen.I bought two large white towels at Walmart,2 dollars each.Some of the stains required a second application and one stain required a 3rd.I am amazed how well it worked.

  • Donna Lapsley Donna Lapsley on Mar 27, 2017
    We use a product called Folex. Amazing. Gave name to a friend Removed 15 yr old stain.. one of kids threw up. Sell at Home Depot

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Mar 28, 2017
    A 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Spray it on, wait 5 to 10 minutes, wipe with dry rag. Repeat if necessary. (I've used this to remove blood, coffee, spaghetti sauce, and much more.) Best of luck.

  • David Frey David Frey on Mar 28, 2017
    Coffee drop stains on cream carpet. How. Grrr

  • Shareene Stenhouse Shareene Stenhouse on Mar 28, 2017
    Folex. Found at Home Hardware. I have used it many times.

  • Jodie Jodie on Mar 28, 2017
    Thank you everyone