How to clean the carpet: 3 tips everyone should know

Yep... that gloopy mass was just hurled onto your carpet. Acceptance is the first step. Here's what to do next

How To Clean Carpet

From spilled drinks at parties to messy home craft sessions, your carpet has to cope with a lot. The good news is that a few carpet stain removal tips can make all the difference – or at least, the difference between a spotless carpet and a patch you have to strategically move the sofa to hide for the next few years.

So: need to know how to clean carpet stains successfully? Look no further.

The three tips below will help you tackle spills like a pro. Share them with your partner, kids or housemate too, so that everyone knows how to get rid of stains as soon as they happen.

Be prepared for carpet stain removal

Accidental spills are inevitable, so it’s important to be ready. Here’s a quick supply list for when you need to clean stains out of the carpet:

  • Clean rags and kitchen paper
  • A spray bottle full of water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Your favourite carpet cleaning product, if you have one

This should be enough to tackle most day-to-day stains as you find them. For everything else, just keep your vacuum cleaner or carpet sweeper at the ready.

The best way to clean a carpet by hand

Want to know the best way to clean a carpet by hand? Simply tackle stains as soon as possible. Use something absorbent, strong and disposable, like Plenty household towels, to gently scoop up solids and soak up the liquid. Avoid rubbing and dabbing, as this could help the stain bed in: just leave the tissue to do its work.

Once most of the liquid is absorbed, lift off the paper and sprinkle baking soda over the stain to soak up the rest. Then you can simply hoover it away later on.


Make light work of spills with Plenty The Extra Big One. It’s super absorbent, strong and reusable, and the extra-large sheets are great even for major spillages.

Make carpet spot cleaner from cupboard essentials

Now to tackle the rest of the stain. Believe it or not, the best way to spot clean the carpet uses something you probably already have lying around, albeit for other reasons: shaving foam.

Here’s how to clean the carpet:

  • Blot the stain using the method in tip 2.
  • Moisten the area with clean water.
  • Apply shaving foam to the stain, and work it in using a clean (unwanted) toothbrush.
  • Wipe the foam away with a clean and damp paper towel. Do not shave the carpet.
  • Leave the carpet to dry.

That should be enough to clean stains out of the carpet, no matter how difficult they are. Out of shaving foam? All is not lost: you can make a paste of baking soda and water, or soak the stains in a few drops of spirit vinegar instead. Just make sure you test the solution on a small, hidden area of carpet first to avoid any unwanted discolouration.

There you have it: three easy tips for keeping your carpet in great shape, whatever your daily life has in store for it.

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