Welcome to my article all about how to get wood stain out of carpet!
It’s best to stain wood in a work area. But if you need a little touch up on your furnishings and don’t feel like moving something heavy out of your bedroom or living room area, well, who are we to judge?
Unfortunately, this could cause you to get wood stain on your carpet.
Wood stain is not easy to get out of carpet, but it’s not impossible.
This article will provide tips and tricks that will help you get your carpeting nice and clean. Let’s dive in.
A Note About Wood Stain
Wood stain is made from a mix of dyes and oils that can really sink into your carpet.
If you have a large stain, you may be unable to get it out.
But a smaller stain can be eliminated with the right methods, such as the ones described below.
Take Note Before Cleaning
Before you start cleaning the carpet, you will want to make sure the cleaning agent you are using won’t fade it’s color.
It’s best to test it out in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before proceeding.
You should also never clean a carpet that’s meant to be dry cleaned. If this is the case, I recommend calling in a professional.
Another pro tip: Never put your stained carpet in the dryer.
The stain may not be visible when the carpet is wet. If you put the still-stained carpet in the dryer unknowingly, the heat will set the stain in making it impossible to get out.
Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide, Ammonia and Dishwashing Soap
The first cleaning method to remove wood stain from carpet involves hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, and dish soap.
Here’s how it’s done.
1.Blot the Stain
Start by blotting the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel.
This is especially effective on wet stains as the cloth or towel will absorb some of the liquid before it has a chance to sink into your carpet.
Once one part of the cloth is saturated, turn it over and use another area.
2. Mix Your Cleaning Solution
Combine ½ tsp. of dishwashing liquid and 1/3 cup ammonia in a bucket of warm water.
3. Apply Your Cleaning Solution
Dip a sponge into the mixture and use it to blot the stain working from the outside in.
If you work from the inside out, it could cause the stain to spread.
A Note For Tougher Stains: If the stain is particularly difficult to get out, mix 1 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide with 4 tbsps. of warm water.
Use an eye dropper to apply this mixture directly to the stain.
Let it sit for a half hour. Then blot it with a paper towel.
Note, hydrogen peroxide should never be used on darker carpets as it will bleach the carpet’s color.
Use another clean cloth or paper towel to remove all the detergent from the area.
Replace the towels as they become dirty or saturated.
Vacuum the area to get rid of any remnants of cleaning solutions.
Safety Note: Since this process requires you to work with ammonia, it’s essential to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated space.
If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to ammonia, try using a conventional carpet cleaner instead.
Cleaning With Stain Remover
You may also be able to get the stain out of your carpet with good old stain remover.
Here are the steps you will need to take for this process.
1.Apply Stain Remover
Start by applying stain remover as you would to any other stain.
Let the cleaner sit in the carpet for 10 minutes.
Then rub it with a clean cloth working from the outside in.
Your stain may have come out completely, but if not, move on to the next step.
2. Apply the Iron
The iron should be set to low heat, and it should not be applied directly to the carpet.
You should put it on top of a clean cloth lying over to stain to prevent burns.
The steam from the iron will help loosen particles to prepare it for a deeper steam clean.
3. Use a Steam Cleaner
If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you may need to rent one.
A steam cleaner is a similar to a vacuum, but it works to loosen particles and lift out stains.
It may not work immediately on your carpet.
If this is the case, a few treatments may be necessary.
4. Apply Chemicals
If the stain is still visible, you may need to move on to using chemicals.
Start by applying an acetone moistened cloth on the stain.
Follow up with lacquer thinner or WD-40.
These will further loosen particles preparing the carpet for another steam clean.
Safety Note: As this step requires chemicals, be sure to wear gloves and to keep the area ventilated.
Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide, Citrus Solvent, Club Soda, Ammonia and Vinegar
This process is similar to the first but it’s a bit more involved.
It requires the following steps.
1.Scrape the Carpet
Use a spool to scrape the carpet and lift out the stain. Vacuum up the residue.
2. Apply Rubbing Alcohol or Citrus Solvent
Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol or citrus solvent and gently blot the stain.
Then rinse the area with warm water and vacuum.
3. Apply Detergent
Next apply a detergent and water solution to the stain.
Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Then blot the area.
Rinse it with warm water and vacuum.
4. Apply Hydrogen Peroxide
Apply hydrogen peroxide to the area and cover it with a paper towel or cloth to prevent sunlight from interrupting the chemical reaction.
Rinse with warm water, blot up the excess and vacuum.
5. Apply Ammonia
Apply ammonia to the stain. Blot gently.
Rinse, then use a towel to absorb the moisture and vacuum.
6. Apply Vinegar
Apply vinegar to the affected area. Rinse with warm water. Vacuum or blot up the excess.
Do a final vacuuming when the carpet is dry to reset it.
How To Get Wood Stain Out Of Carpet: Conclusion
Getting wood stain on a carpet isn’t ideal, but it does happen from time to time.
Fortunately, there are ways to clean out the stain and get your carpet looking like new.
I hope this article has given you ideas on the best way to remove wood stain out of your carpet.
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About The Author: Hi, I’m Jessica. I’m a Mom of 2 and I love DIY hacks, home decor ideas and non-toxic cleaning tips. I created this website to share my knowledge with a community of like-minded people who love simple, easy and safe ways to keep their home clean and inspiring. I hope you enjoy!