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5th Nov 2007


Any kind of stain on carpets or fabric, should ideally be tackled immediately, to minimise the likelihood of a permanent stain or mark.

Some stains are trickier than others, and by tackling them immediately, you reduce the risk of being left with a hefty repair bill.


  1. Remove as much moisture as you can with a paper towel.
  2. Prepare a simple mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water.
  3. Apply the solution to the tea stained area, then blot the excess moisture with a clean dry cloth. Following the vinegar solution application, use a combination of washing up liquid and water to remove the rest of the stain.
  4. As stated before, remove excess cleaner with a blotting motion.


Coffee is removed in the exact same way as tea.

  1. Use the vinegar-water mixture first followed by the washing up liquid mixture.
  2. OxyKic is an oxygen-based cleaner that can be quite effective on tough stains like coffee.
  3. If coffee stains are persistent, you can also try a little 3% hydrogen peroxide on the spot. Simply apply, then blot well.


  1. You must allow the mud to dry before attempting to remove.
  2. Once the mud has dried, crumble it with a butter knife, then you will need to vacuum it up.
  3. After vacuuming, attack any remaining dirt or mud with a washing up liquid and water solution.

Red Sauce(s)

For red pasta sauces such as bolognaise it is imperative that cleaning should take place immediately after the stain occurs.

  1. Remove as much sauce from your carpet as you can by blotting with a clean paper towel.
  2. Then, isopropyl rubbing alcohol should be applied to the stained area using a cotton ball or white cotton cloth.
  3. Blot gently until the stain is removed. If the stain is persistent, you may want to try a commercial carpet spot remover like Vanish.

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