Getting spills out of your carpet
You’ve had a spill on your carpet, but it doesn’t need to be ‘oh no’. If you get to your spill quickly and follow our helpful tips, you should be able to prevent it turning into a stain.
The rule of thumb is if you can eat it, or drink it, you should be able to get it out of carpet.
Some substances are trickier and may require professional cleaning to get your carpet back to looking its best – but we’ve listed some helpful tips that may allow you to lift the spill out yourself.
It’s also a good idea to think about using your spill as an opportunity to get your carpet cleaned – as we recommend professionally cleaning your full carpet every 12 to 18 months.
For all spills:
- Get onto it as quickly as possible. Spills that are older, or that are left for a while, will be more challenging to get out.
- Don’t rub the carpet, ever! This can damage the carpet fibres, and rub your spill further into your carpet, rather than taking it out.
- Scoop up any solids immediately. Use a knife or a spoon and try and lift off the carpet. You want to make sure you’re not pushing the substance any further into the carpet pile.
- Blot up liquids by using a towel or paper towels. You’re trying to ‘lift’ the stain – so the idea is to absorb as much liquid as possible.