How to clean and remove stains from carpet at home

Many of us choose to furnish our apartment with carpeted floor, with the expectation that such material will be able to reduce household noises by absorbing sounds produced by items dropping on the floor, heavy footsteps and chair legs scraping across the floor. And yes, a carpeted floor is a much better choice than a tile floor or wooden floor in terms of that aspect. 

However, carpeted floors could also be much more difficult to clean when it gets dirty when compared to other types of floor. I bet the hearts of all house owners skip a beat when they witness spilling of wine or other dark coloured liquid on their carpeted floor. 

The truth is, carpeted floors are not as high maintenance as people thought it would be. All you need to know is what to do exactly for different types of dirt with 3 crucial steps as shown below! 

With the best carpet washer vacuum and best vacuum for deep cleaning carpet from Karcher, you could have the pristine, beautiful dream carpeted floor you always wanted for your home sweet home! Read on to find out how to clean carpet at home like a pro!

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Step 1: Remove Dirt with the Best Vacuum for Deep Cleaning Carpet


Prepare Room for Vacuuming

Prior to vacuuming your carpet, it is important to remove any obstructive objects such as furniture, toys, cushions etc away. Do check for small items like coins to avoid damaging the vacuum cleaner.

If you’re doing a spring cleaning at home, do remember to dust your curtains, ceilings and fans prior to vacuuming the floor. This can avoid double work later.


Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner

The first step is to remove dirt on the carpet surface, and the right tool for the job will save you half the time and cleaning effort. According to the size of the cleaning surface and the condition of your living space, you can opt for any one of the three types of best vacuum cleaner for carpet that Karcher has to offer.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaner for Carpet

Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Karcher Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is the best option for those that need an environmentally friendly and powerful household vacuum cleaner.

Multi-cyclone technology enables the vacuum cleaner to maintain high suction power consistently through the whole cleaning process as the filter bag is filling up.

The waste container and filter is washable and is able to be reused, hence it helps to save cost on buying new filter bags and reduce environmental waste.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Cordless Vacuum Cleaner for Carpet

Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Karcher Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is extremely lightweight, together with its cordless design powered by lithium ion battery, you can carry it around your household easily, and lift up and down to clean surfaces effortlessly.

It is the best vacuum cleaner for people that need to clean their carpeted floor daily. For example, home with young children and pets.

Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
water filter vacuum cleaner for carpet

Water Filter Vacuum Cleaner

Karcher Water Filter Vacuum Cleaner is the perfect vacuum cleaner for home with people that are suffering from dust allergy.

It is powered by water, achieved by rotating the water source within the filter at high speed.

The HEPA high-performance filter within the vacuum cleaner is able to entrap pollen, fungal spores, bacteria and dust mites and release clean, fresh air in return.

Water Filter Vacuum Cleaner

Use the right nozzle attachment for a thorough vacuum

Turbo suction nozzles
Turbo upholstery nozzle

Step 2: How to Spot Clean Carpet Stains

It is always easier to clean up stains immediately rather than leaving it for later. Stains that are hardened are much more stubborn to remove and that leaving the stain to linger for too long may cause it to spread to become bigger in size.


Spot Cleaning Wet Carpet Stains

To clean up wet stains, dab it immediately with clean, dry cloth and remember to not put pressure while rubbing the stains to avoid getting the liquid seep into carpet fibres.


Spot Cleaning Dried Carpet Stains

As for stains that are already dried up, first, remove as much dirt as possible mechanically with a scraper or brush. Then, wet a colour-fast cleaning cloth with Karcher Universal Stain Removal. Dap the stained area from the outside in. Repeat the process if necessary until stain is removed.

Finally, clean the carpet with Karcher Spray Extraction Cleaner to get rid of any residue.

Step 3: How to Deep Clean Carpet with Spray Extraction Cleaners

Karcher Spray Extraction Cleaner is the best carpet washer vacuum. The machinery principle of this amazing carpet washer vacuum is that both water and detergent are sprayed on the carpeted surface at the same time and then the dirt stained on the surface is vacuumed up immediately during the spray extraction process.

To know how to clean carpet stains with Karcher Spray Extraction Cleaner, there are 3 essential steps that will remove coffee, dog pee, oil spill, blood stains, wine stains etc. efficiently.

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For heavy soiling and stains, apply detergent solution to the carpeted surface.

Let it react for 5 minutes.

Carpet Stain Remover
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Main Wash & Vacuuming

Initially, turn on suction and spraying. Use the lever on the spray handle to spray on detergent solution. As suction is turned on, the machine will simultaneously suction off detergent solution in one work cycle.

Switch off the spray switch and suction off remaining cleaning solution as needed. Move the spray-ex floor nozzle in backwards motion when cleaning (do not push).

Spray Extraction Cleaners
Carpet Washer Vacuum

Clear Rinsing

Reclean the area with warm water.

Use water temperature up to 50°C for best cleaning effect.

Vacuum the cleaning agent residue and dirt altogether by attaching the spray-ex floor nozzle to the carpet washer vacuum.

Carpet Washer Vacuum

Tips: Using Spray Extraction Cleaner As Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner

Spray Extraction Cleaner can also be used as wet & dry vacuum cleaner. You just need to remove the spray handle and spray hose and replace it with other nozzle to turn it into a multi-purpose vacuum cleaner.

You will not need to purchase additional vacuum cleaner for other dry vacuuming task.

How to Remove Pet Stains and Urine from Carpet

To remove pet pee odour from carpet, try to dap the area dry with a dry paper towel first, then apply a cleaning agent to the area. Next, sprinkle some baking soda on the area. Allow the baking soda to set for a couple hours or overnight. Next, spray some white vinegar on top of the baking soda. These two substances work wonders to get rid of bad smell.

Alternatively, to save time and effort, you can just use SE 4001, Karcher’s carpet spray extraction cleaner to remove pet stains and urine from carpet.

how to remove stains from carpet


You will never have to worry about kids spilling baby food or untrained puppy leaving trails all over your beautiful carpeted floor ever again! Kärcher’s carpet washer vacuum cleaner can help relieve you from spending valuable time and effort in cleaning stubborn stains from your carpet.

Visit the nearest Kärcher store near you to test out the best vacuum for deep cleaning carpet for your home.