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Stain Removal Guide

If you have arrived at this page, it is intended for the First Ever Interactive Stain Removal Guide.

Select the stain from the drop box below.  Then select "Remove This Stain!"

Suggested stain treatment:  1 Treat a stain promptly.  2 Scoop off excess soiling. 3 Work only with the pile direction.  4 Work toward the center of a stain. 5 Flush any applied treatment thoroughly.  For additional information, click here.

This stain removal guide applies only to wool pile carpets.  For silk rugs, and rugs other than wool, seek professional help.  By using this tool you are accepting all responsibility for subsequent damages which may occur from actual use.  RugRag will not be held liable for any damage which may develop.  Proceed at your own risk.

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Select a stain type from the list

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Remove Mildew by following these steps:

  1. Brush off powdered residue.
  2. Flush with Drycleaning Solvent.
  3. Apply Dry Spotter and Amyl Acetate.
  4. Sponge with Dry Spotter.
  5. Flush with Drycleaning Solvent.
  6. Allow to dry.
  7. Sponge with water.
  8. Apply Wet spotter and Vinegar and Sponge.
  9. Flush with water.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Apply Alcohol and pat stain with pad dampened with Alcohol.
  12. Flush with Alcohol.
  13. Repeat last two steps until no more stain is removed.
  14. Allow to dry.
Drycleaning Solvent

  • Dry cleaning solvent is sold at variety stores, hardware stores, grocery stores.
  • Observe all precautions on the label.

Dry Spotter

  • To prepare dry spotter, mix one part coconut oil and 8 parts drycleaning solvent.
  • To store, cap container well to prevent evaporation.
  • Mineral oil may be substiture for coconut oil in the same proportion.
  • Observe all precautions on labels.

Amyl Acetate

  • Amyl acetate, or banana oil, is sold in drug stores.
  • Ask for chemically pure amyl acetate.
  • Fingernail polish remover may be substituted if amyl acetate cannot be obtained.
  • Do not use oily type polish remover.
  • Do not allow amyl acetate to coe in contact with plastic or finished furniture.
  • Observe all precautions on the label.


Be sure to test sponges on the stain removers you will be using to be sure they can withstaand the chemicals.

Wet spotter

Prepare wet spotter by mixing:
  • one part glycerine
  • one part Orvus or mild liquid detergent
  • and eight parts water
Shake well before each use.


  • Use only white vinegar.
  • If a dye changes color after vinegar has been used,
  • rinse the color-changed area thoroughly with water and add a few drops of ammonia.
  • Rinse well with water again.


  • Use rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol (70% to 90% concentration).
  • Do not use alcohol with colors or fragrances.
  • Test rug for color fastness as alcohol can fade some dyes.
  • Observe all precautions on the label.

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