Our Stain Removal Guide

At Housekeeping WA in Perth, we provide tips and tricks on removing stains of all kinds. Trust our cleaning experts to provide the advice you need. Find help below, or simply contact our team to learn more.

Blood

Blood

Rinse with a mild detergent solution and cold water. Rinse further with cloudy ammonia solution. Rinse with vinegar solution.

Lipstick

Lipstick

Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub, detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water.

Beer

Beer

Apply Detergent solution, then rinse with small amounts of fresh water.

Our Stain Removal Rules

  • If dry, vacuum area thoroughly
  • Always use gloves, we recommend Nitrile gloves.
  • If you spill any liquids, blot up ASAP using a towel or a wet vacuum
  • Dilute with cold water, blot up or wet vacuum excess and repeat as long as you’re getting results
  • DO NOT SCRUB! Blot or use a “tapping” action only if needed
  • Never use bleach-based products
  • Leave carpets as dry as possible, do not soak the carpets, use all cleaning agents sparingly
  • Don’t over wet with solvents (e.g. mineral turps and dry cleaning fluid), they can damage the carpet backing

If you can’t remove a fresh stain, call us at Housekeeping WA OR HWA Carpet Cleaning on 08 9380 9070

Stain Removers We Recommend

  • Detergent solution (1 teaspoon dish washing liquid to 1Lt of water) or a, WoolSafe approved carpet stain remover
  • Methylated Spirits
  • Cloudy Ammonia (1 part ammonia to 15 parts water)
  • Mineral Turps
  • Dry Cleaning Fluid (e.g. White Spirit)
  • White Wine Vinegar (1 part vinegar to 1 part water)

Stain removal worksheet

StainDifficultyDirections
BloodDifficultRinse with a mild detergent solution + (cold water). Rinse further with cloudy ammonia solution. Rinse with vinegar solution.
Dyes (e.g. cordials, soft drinks)Extremely difficultBest left to HWA Carpet Cleaning. Call 08 9380 9070.
CoffeeCan be difficultDetergent solution, blot, vinegar solution then blot.
TeaCan be difficultDetergent solution, blot, vinegar solution then blot.
BeerEasyDetergent solution, then rinse with small amounts of fresh water.
LipstickMediumApply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub. Use detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water.
Make upCan be hardVacuum, apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean, white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub. Use detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water.
Nail PolishCan be difficultUse acetone based nail polish remover. DO NOT RUB! Colour may transfer to carpet fibre. Best left to HWA Carpet Cleaning. Call 08 9380 9070.
SoupEasyBlot first, use detergent solution sparingly, blot again, fresh water rinse and blot.
Grease or oilEasyApply Dry Cleaning Fluid to white absorbent cloth, dab or wipe the mark. Do not scrub.
Ink or BiroHardCan use Methylated Spirits or Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing liniment) if still fresh. Apply to clean white cloth and dab at the spot. Do not scrub.
Paint (water based)Can be difficultApply methylated spirits sparingly, agitate lightly, wipe with absorbent cloth.
Paint (oil based)DifficultSparingly apply Mineral Turpentine when still wet. Note: too much will damage carpet backing!!
RustExtremely difficultApplication of lemon juice + light agitation may sometimes have an effect.
Pot plant stainsReasonably easy if fresh, difficult if oldApply white wine vinegar, leave for several minutes, then blot.
Red wineEasy when freshBlot up spill, apply white wine, blot, apply Bicarbonate of Soda.
UrineDifficultApply ammonia solution when fresh, rinse with fresh water and blot, apply white wine vinegar solution, blot.
VomitModerately difficultWill depend on what has been ingested, but normally a good carpet detergent will remove most of the stain while fresh.
Wood stainExtremely difficultBest left to HWA Carpet Cleaning. Call 08 9380 9070.
Tomato sauceFairly easyDetergent solution, ammonia solution if needed, rinse + blot, then vinegar solution and blot.
FatFairly easyWarm – hot water with detergent solution, blot.
WaxVery DifficultBest left to HWA Carpet Cleaning. Call 08 9380 9070.
CrayonDifficultMethylated Spirits or White Spirits may work.
JamEasyDetergent solution, blot, warm fresh water rinse, blot.
ChocolateEasyDetergent solution, blot, warm fresh water rinse, blot.
MouldExtremely difficultBest left to HWA Carpet Cleaning call 08 9380 9070.
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