How to Remove Carpet Stains That Keep Reappearing

Clean your carpets with the wrong products or materials and the stains will keep reappearing. When you spill something on the floor, the carpet fibers absorb the stain. Cleaning the surface of the carpet removes the stain from the top layer of fibers, but not from further down inside the carpet.

With proper cleaning, you can completely remove stains.

As you walk across the carpet, you exert pressure that causes the stain to push back toward the surface. Removing carpet stains that keep reappearing involves cleaning the top and bottom of the carpet.

  1. Mix 1/4 tsp. distilled white vinegar and 32 oz. warm water in a plastic bucket.

  2. Dip a sponge into the vinegar and water solution and lightly dab it on the surface of the carpet. Keep dabbing the cleaning solution on the carpet until you saturate the carpet fibers.

  3. Dab a plain white towel against the stain. Keep rotating the towel and pressing a fresh area of the towel against the carpet. Add more cleaning solution as necessary and keep dabbing at the carpet.

  4. Lift the carpet up slightly, giving yourself access to the bottom of the carpet. Dip the sponge back in the cleaning solution and saturate the bottom of the carpet. Blot the bottom as you did the top.

  5. Check the carpet every few weeks, looking for signs that the stain is still there. Repeat the process if you see the stain coming back. Keep cleaning the carpet with the vinegar solution until the stain is completely gone.

  6. Tip

    If the stain is blood, coffee, chocolate or another type of food stain, use 1 tbsp. ammonia and 1 cup water. Wear rubber gloves while dabbing and blotting the solution on the carpet.