Stains are every householder’s worst nightmare. Wine, coffee, chocolate and ice cream can all cause unsightly marks around your home. But rather than giving up your favourite guilty pleasures, we’re here to tell you how to fix it.

If you’ve spilt it, we can help you clean it up. With our stain removal guide, you’ll always be prepared to tackle even the toughest of stains.

What you’ll need

The first step is building a stain-busting kit. Here are a few essentials you’ll need…

  • Absorbent cloth or towel – Preferably white and you’ll probably need a few!
  • Surgical spirit (or dry cleaning solution) – You’ll find this at your local chemists
  • Ammonia – Household ammonia can be found at most supermarkets
  • Detergent – Simply use your favourite washing detergent
  • White vinegar – Great to add to solutions for drawing out stubborn stains
  • Hydrogen peroxide – A similar effect to bleach, without the destructive nature

Now you’ve assembled your kit, it’s time to get started. Remember, you’ll also benefit from a few empty spray bottles, to fill with your pre-made solutions.

How it works

Depending on the type of stain that needs tackling, you’ll need to approach the situation differently.


For spilled liquids, such as wine, coffee, tea or juice, you should start by blotting away as much excess as possible. You can use your absorbent cloth or kitchen paper to soak up the spillage. Then, working from the outside in, using a mixture of white vinegar, detergent and warm water, gently blot the stain, adding more solution as necessary.


As delicious as chocolate and ice cream can be, it is a nightmare for your carpets. When faced with a food stain, you need to scrape up any excess with a blunt knife. Then, using detergent mixed with warm water, work from the outside in, blotting the stain dry. Follow up with an ammonia solution (one teaspoon of ammonia & one cup of warm water) and blot the area dry.

Household materials

Your home is full of items that can be a nightmare for your carpets. The likes of ink and paint can cause unsightly stains around your home. Tackling these stains is easy, if you act fast.

Blotting away excess product is the first step, making sure to not spread the stain. Then, sponge on a detergent solution, softening the dried stains and making it easier to scrape away with a blunt knife.

Need any help?

If you’ve tried everything from our stain removal guide, and they’re still not budging, we can help. Clean & Dry’s professional carpet cleaning service in Rotherham will leave your carpets looking as good as new.

Whether its spilt wine or paint splatters from your latest redecoration, your home will look cleaner, brighter and healthier with our bespoke cleaning service.