When purchasing a home, the cleanliness of your carpet is an important factor in maintaining a healthy, clean home. No matter how many precautions you take, accidents are bound to happen. Instead of panicking when you spill a cup of coffee or your new puppy has an accident, consider these helpful stain removing tips for quick and effective stain removal for your home.

How-To Remove Coffee Stains

Oh, the infamous coffee stains that everyone tries so hard to avoid. Coffee can immediately stain almost anything that will absorb it. If you accidentally spill coffee on your carpet, treat the stain immediately. The following household items can help lift the stain out in a matter of seconds.


Yes, we said beer. Pouring a small splash of light beer on an area of coffee-stained carpet will take the stain away. If the first treatment doesn’t remove the stain completely, repeat a few times and the stain should vanish right before your eyes.

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are extremely absorbent. If you stain your carpet, tablecloth, or clothing, a baby wipe can help to absorb the liquid as well as remove the stain. Baby wipes are a portable, mess-free stain remover that also has a pleasant fresh scent.

White Vinegar

Check your cupboards for a quick and easy at-home stain removal remedy. White vinegar helps to remove any water soluble stains, both large and small. If you spill coffee on your carpet, pat the stain with a vinegar moistened towel. If you spill coffee on your clothes, cover the stain with vinegar before placing it in the wash. If the stain isn’t removed in the wash, repeat the process.

Tips for Cleaning Pet Stains

Puppies are cute, but their mess is not. Pet stains can stain your carpet and cause an unpleasant odor that lingers in your home for days. If your pet has an accident on your home’s carpet, clean it up immediately! The longer it sits in your carpet, the higher chance that your baseboards could become damaged underneath. The following are some at-home remedies for cleaning and removing pet stains from your carpet.


Pour a large amount of white vinegar to cover and soak the entire spot. After applying the vinegar, sprinkle baking soda over the stain as well. Let the baking soda and vinegar sit on your carpet for a few days, until the spot is completely dry. The baking soda will absorb the pet stain odor and color.

Hydrogen Peroxide

When combined with vinegar, hydrogen peroxide works miracles to remove pet stains from your home’s carpet. Before applying this baking soda hydrogen peroxide mixture to the stain, make sure to soak up as much of the liquid as possible with a paper towel or cloth. Sprinkle baking soda to cover the stain, then combine ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp. dish soap. Pour this combined solution to cover the baking soda mixture, then scrub and let sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming the area thoroughly.

Carpet Cleaning by ServiceMaster by Rice

If you are in search of a professional carpet cleaner, consider ServiceMaster by Rice. We clean homes in and around Carroll, Atlantic, Storm Lake, Spencer, Okoboji, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Fairmont, MN. We provide professional cleaning services that will not damage your carpets or floors. Contact ServiceMaster by Rice to get all those pesky stains removed from your carpet today!