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How to Fix Discolored Carpet

There’s nothing more satisfying than admiring a brand new carpet. It’s soft, lush, and if you’re totally honest you might even take a nap on when you have the house to yourself!

But what do you do when that beautiful new carpet is met with the unfortunate reality of potential coffee, mud and dirt stains, and not to mention the dreaded wine stain?

When it comes to discolored carpets, some stains are certainly worse than others, but continue reading to find a list of common stains and some ways we have found in our commercial cleaning services in Red Deer to take care of them.


Perhaps the most cringe-inducing stain of all, vomit is one of those things we all try to avoid. Unfortunately, flu season is 100% real, and if you have kids it’s likely that you won’t be avoiding the bug this year.

The first thing you should do is remove any solid particles, gently, with a spoon or fork. Then treat the area with a stain-remover solution, let it sit for five minutes, and then blot with a damp cloth or paper towel.

Dog and Cat Urine

If you have animals, this one is pretty much unavoidable, but you can reduce the damage if you’re smart. And before we give any tips at all, don’t even think about using a steam cleaner! The high heat will set the stain and you will never get it out after that. Instead, blot the area with cold to room-temperature water, then spritz with a stain-remover made specifically for pet stains. Repeat the process as many times as it takes to remove the stain.

Red Wine

Red, red wine, can you hear the familiar melody already? Neil Diamond may have been singing about it to forget, but once the wine has been spilled, no one will forget the mess it left! To start the cleaning process, begin by doing much the same as you would for a urine or vomit stain. Dilute the wine with cold water, blotting (not rubbing!) with the goal of removing as much of the wine as possible. Then use a carpet-specific stain remover to tackle the rest. If your stain is putting up a fight, mix one tablespoon dish liquid with the same amount of white vinegar and two cups of warm water, then sponge the carpet with the mixture and blot dry.

Pro Tips

  1. Always be gentle when removing a stain. Putting too much pressure on the area will actually press the stain further into the carpet, making it even more difficult to remove!
  2. When in doubt, use room-temperature water. Most people’s natural reaction is to use hot water to remove stains, but that can be a mistake. Hot water can permanently set some types of stains, so it’s best to use cold or room temperature water unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
  3. Act quickly, the longer you wait to clean it up, the more difficult it will be!
  4. Don’t give up, if your stain isn’t going away on the first try, go at it for a few more rounds and eventually you’ll start to see the color recede.

With these tips in mind, we hope you are able to combat even the most stubborn stains. And if you are still having trouble, you may benefit from the help of a professional carpet cleaner.