No matter how conscientious you may be about carpet care, accidents are bound to happen! You’ll want to act fast, so the more informed you are ahead of time, the less likely you are to accidentally make the stain worse.


In general, you’ll want to remove as much of the stain as possible, blot (don’t scrub) the spill, apply a homemade or store-bought cleaner, then blot again and dry. However, your specific cleaning method will vary, depending on the substance you’re cleaning. Here are tips for how to best clean 5 of the most common stains:


Chewing gum


Peel away as much of the gum as you can, then harden the remaining gum by applying a plastic bag of ice over it. The rest of the gum should chip away easily with a spoon or blunt knife. Run a vacuum over the spot to clean up the debris- and viola!




Even the most well-behaved house pet might have an accident on the carpet. Stay prepared by keeping an enzymatic cleaner on hand. An enzymatic cleaner is the only product that can break down the non-water-soluble components found in urine, such as uric acid. Apply the cleaner liberally, then allow proper ventilation to air dry. You can find an enzyme cleaner at the pet store. Be sure to purchase a quality one, which may be more expensive, but it’ll be more effective at removing the stain and odors.




For fresh stains, blot with cold water only. Warm water will set the stain. If the blood is already dried, we suggest using an enzyme cleaner.


Oil & Grease


After blotting away excess grease, try sprinkling salt, baking soda, or cornstarch on the affected area. Allow this to settle anywhere from 15 minutes, to overnight (the length of time varies on the extent of the spill). Vacuum the spot the next day.


Wine & Juice


In the event of a wine or juice spill, immediately pour club soda over the spill and blot with a clean paper towel. Repeat until the stain is gone.

In the event of a larger, more stubborn stain, remember to call you local steam cleaning company! Using professional-grade equipment and over a decade’s worth of experience, The Steam Team will work diligently to remove any stain that’s plagues your carpet- just make the call!

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