How to Remove Water Stains From Carpet

How to Remove Water Stains From Carpet. Unfortunately, carpets stain. Wine, cola, blood and makeup can all leave hard to remove stains on a carpet. However, who would have thought plain old water could actually stain a carpet? Well, it can. Small amounts of sediment dissolved in the water can be left behind when a water spot dries, leaving a tell tale stain. Happily, in most cases, a water stain is easy to remove.

Water stains on carpet

Synthetic Fibers (Nylon, Polypropylene)

Step 1

Mix a solution of half water and half white vinegar. The vinegar is acidic and will neutralize the alkalinity of the sediment that is making the water stain.

Step 2

Moisten a clean white terry towel with the water/vinegar solution.

Step 3

Rub the towel gently over the water spot. The objective is to get the tips of the carpet fibers wet, not to soak the carpet itself.

Step 4

Allow the carpet fibers to dry. Hopefully the stain is gone or at least minimized. If the stain is reduced but still noticeable, repeat the water/vinegar process until the stain is gone. Allow the fibers to dry between each application.

Natural Fibers

Step 1

Water stains on natural fibers may produce what is know as "cellulosic browning," a stain that can only be removed by a trained carpet cleaning technician.