Carpet and Rugs

Beer Stains

Remove Beer Stains as follows:

1. If the stain is still wet, blot up as much as you can with a clean white cloth or paper towels

2. Never rub a stain

3. Mix a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water

4. Spoon some of this detergent mixture onto the stain

5. Let it stand for 5 minutes

6. Rinse the stain with a little warm water, and carefully blot dry

If the stain is stubborn:

7. Mix one part of white vinegar to two parts water

8. Repeat the previous steps

Dark beers such as Guinness will cause the worst stain due to its dark coloring.

1. Mix one teaspoon of a mild ph balanced detergent (a mild non alkaline non bleaching detergent) with a cup of lukewarm water

2. Blot

3. Mix one third cup of white household vinegar with two thirds cup of water

4. Blot

5. Sponge with clean water

6. Blot


Put a cinnamon stick in your hoover bag when you’re vacuuming; your home will smell lovely!

Detergent Stains

Sprinkle some water over the detergent stained area.

Take an old rug and rub it over the detergent stain until all of the soapy substance is frothed out

Press hard on the area with a clean muslin or dish cloth until the area is dry. Repeat this process if necessary

Wipe clean with some water, this time without frothing the area

If your carpet is dark, try using a dark sketch to hide the stain if the above process doesn’t work. Please check with the manufacturer before you use any chemicals on your carpet

Dried Water Base Paint

Option 1

Remove as much of the dried-on paint as possible using water, an old toothbrush, and maybe even some needle nose pliers

Wet the area, and try to see if any of the colour will blot up. It’s not likely, but it’s always worth a go!

Then, use your toothbrush to really scrub the carpet and remove as much of the paint as possible

If you have a large area of dry paint, needle nose pliers are great to squeeze at the paint and get it to flex and/or break enough for you to pull it off the carpet. Let the area dry and then vacuum to see what remains.

If you can’t get all the paint stains off, then please speak to a flooring specialist at your local DIY Store for the best cleaning solvent for your carpet.

Option 2

When all else fails, it’s time to become a carpet stylist. You’ll need a small pair of sharp scissors, a steady hand, and patience!

Get down on the floor and really examine the affected carpet fibres. Often, you’ll find that just the tips of the fibres are paint-coated and not the whole fibre

Select the fibre with the most paint collected on its stem, and clip it out. Clip it as close to the top as possible white still removing the paint-covered portion

After you clip the fibre, step back and look at the carpet to see how much of the stain is still visible

Repeat cautiously, removing as few fibres as possible while making the stain appear to have never happened. If you get much beyond 5 fibres, stop and come back later. Unlike a bad haircut, carpet doesn’t grow back and you don’t want to leave a bald spot that you’ll regret!


Removing Pollen Option 1 - Water and stain remover

Shake out the fabric or use sticky tape to remove as much pollen as possible

Soak the garment in cold water for half an hour and then rinse it thoroughly, repeating these steps until most of the stain has been removed

Now apply a spot stain remover to the area and wash the garment in the hottest temperature possible (if it’s a washable fabric). Otherwise, rinse as before.

Before the garment is dry, check the area. You may find, in many cases, you will have to repeat steps 2 and 3 again before the stain completely disappears.

Option 2 - Enzymatic detergent

If your garment is washable, then an enzymatic detergent may work well on pollen stains.

Option 3 – Dry Cleaning Fluid

Using dry-cleaning fluid, try to blot from the outside of the stain, inwards.

Option 4 – Sunlight

Once you have gently shaken off or lifted the excess pollen with stick tape, lay the garment out in direct sunlight for a few hours. In a lot of cases, the pollen stain will disappear.

Do not:

Rub or brush the pollen stain off the fabric/carpet, as this will push the pollen further into the fibres.

Use your fingers to brush the pollen stains off the fabric/carpet. The oils from your fingers will set the stain.

Rub the stain with a wet cloth. This will spread and set the stain.


Reddish pollen stains can often be moved by pouring some 99% Isopropanol (Isoproply Alcohol).

Pour the Isopropanol over the area and blot the resulting yellow liquid with paper towels.

Regular rubbing alcohol (70% Isopropyl alcohol) will probably not work because of its high water content.

Nail Polish

Option 1:

It’s better to let the spill dry before you try to remove it. If you try to remove it when wet, you may spread it around.

Pour a little Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover to the centre of the stain and allow it to penetrate through the area for a short while.

Blot the stained area gently with the kitchen paper. Do not rub the stain. The nail polish should begin to transfer onto the kitchen paper.

Allow the stained area to dry thoroughly

Option 2:

Spray bug spray on the area, gently comb the area in several different directions (ie diagonal, horizontal, vertical). Combing in a single direction constantly is not good for the carpet, refrain from scratching frantically back and forth, as you will cause the tops of the loops to fray. If you do not have a handy little carpet tool, use a spoon or fork.

The object is to loosen the nail polish, and blot. The nail polish will transfer to the paper towel and leave the carpet.

Repeat as necessary. This may take you an hour to fully remove a spot; it’s extremely easy to execute but time consuming!