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Home Remedy to Get Out
Acid Stain


We offer these only as helpful guidelines. Wolfe Flooring assumes no liability for the outcome. Always give priority to the manufacturer's stain removal guideline if it is available. It's a good idea to test cleaning agents in an inconspicuous area. After testing, blot the damp area with a white cloth and look for color loss in the white cloth. Also, watch for color distortion in the yarn.

The mass majority of carpets in the U.S. have stable dyes. The same is true for high quality, machine made rugs. Some yarns are unfortunately not colorfast. Handmade rugs and inexpensive machine made rugs have a higher occurrence of bleeding dyes. These home remedies are for carpets and rugs with colorfast dyes.


The following factors affect the success of stain removal:

  • the type of stain
  • the length of time the stain has set
  • the type of yarn used to construct your carpet
  • the presence of stain-resistance properties in the carpet yarn
  • the types of removal procedures that have been unsuccessfully used thus far

Spills that come from animal products and plant products respond differently. Some stains are water soluble or solvent soluble; while, other products are not soluble. Some spots alter the pH of the carpet significantly and need to be neutralized. Timing is also important in successful stain removal. Generally, the sooner a stain is dealt with, the more likely the stain can be removed. Furthermore, different types of carpet yarns (nylon, olefin, wool, etc.) differ in their ability to resist stains. For example, olefin has a built in dye and can even resist bleach. Carpet yarns with stain-resistance properties improve the likelihood that stains can be successfully removed. However, no carpet is stain proof, including the name brand, stain-resistant products. Finally, we warn you that unsuccessful attempts to remove a stain with some cleaning agents can set the stain thereby hindering future efforts.


Please use the following techniques when removing the stain:

  • Work from the outside of the stain to the center. 
  • Never scrub the carpet. A back and forth motion can distort the carpet tufts very quickly. Attempt to remove all the stain by blotting. If you need to rub the carpet, gently brush or stroke the carpet pile in one direction about 10 times and then brush the opposite direction 10 times. Alternate the direction a few times. The less brushing the better.
  • Make the application of water and cleaning agents with a clean spray bottle if possible. A great alternative is to apply the cleaning solutions to a clean white towel, and blot with the towel. Do not pour cleaning agents directly on the stain. Do not soak the carpet when using cleaning agents. If solvent cleaning agents get to the carpet backing, they may cause delamination (i.e., the separation of the primary and secondary backing).
  • Repeat steps that are the most effective at removing the stain. It is not necessary to exercise every step. In fact, the less steps, the better. You should always end with the rinsing step.
  • Neutralizing or counterbalancing chemicals can create offense odors and irritating fumes. Avoid breathing such fumes if they occur.
  • Never use bleach or similar products to remove stains. (There are rare exceptions to this guideline.) Read the instructions carefully for any product you decide to use.

Acids - e.g., tile cleaners and battery acid Removal

Cleaning Tools and Agents that May Be Needed.

Vacuum Cleaner:

A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is ideal for stain removal work. Use a clean, dry white towel as an alternative. If your vacuum cleaner is designed for dry carpet only, do not vacuum the stained area until the removal procedure is finished and the carpet is dry.


A large spoon usually works best.


The towels should be clean and colorfast. Paper towels can be used as an alternative.


Mix ¼ cup of clear ammonia with 1 cup of warm water -- not hot water. Ammonia is a moderate alkaline. Ammonia is available at your local grocery store or drug store. WARNING: This product has a bleaching affect and is best used on very light colors. 

Warm Water:

Clean water will be used for the rinsing.

Club Soda:

Club soda works wonders on a variety of water soluble stains. We suggest you always keep a can of club soda on hand at room temperature. Club soda is carbonated water; thus, club soda will not cause any damage to the carpet backing. You can slowly drizzle a small amount directly on the spill, but we caution you to not soak the carpet. Club soda does not leave a residue and therefore does not need to be rinsed out. In fact, club soda can be used as the rinsing agent for other cleaners.


Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with 2 cups of warm water -- not hot water. The dish detergent should be clear in color without bleaching properties. 

Step-by-Step Procedure.

  1. Protect your hands with rubber gloves.
  2. Use a plastic spool to gently scrape and scoop up the excess starting on the edge and working towards the center.
  3. Blot up the excess.
  4. Apply

    ammonia mix

    to the stained area without soaking the carpet. Watch for loss of color.
  5. Blot or gently stroke the carpet pile.
  6. Rinse the carpet by applying

    warm water

    without soaking the carpet.
  7. Vacuum or blot up the excess. (If the stain was removed, do not proceed to the next step.)
  8. Apply

    detergent water

    to the stained area without soaking the carpet and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  9. Blot or gently stroke the carpet pile.
  10. Rinse the carpet by applying

    warm water

    without soaking the carpet.
  11. Vacuum or blot up the excess.
  12. Finally, vacuum the carpet after its dry to reset the carpet pile.

Many spots come out very slowly requiring multiple attempts with the same procedures. We strongly recommend that you do the rinsing step as suggested. Rinsing removes residues that can re-attract dirt later and also assists in returning the carpet to a neutral pH. Sometimes, stains will wick back to the surface of the carpet nap requiring you to do the same procedure again.

Not all spots can be successfully removed, but we have solutions for those problems as well. Light spots in carpet are likely the result of color loss and therefore cannot be correct by spot removal. Wolfe Flooring provides spot dying and bonded inserts to deal with these otherwise permanent problems. The focus of these directions is to remove visual problems, not odor problems. Wolfe Fooring offers an odor removal product and a great spot removal product that may be just what you're needing. We encourage our customers to keep such products on hand. We also provide Teflon Advance™ by DuPont® to add protection to your carpet from future accidents.