Spot and Stain Removal

Searching online you will find many references to how you can remove spots and stains from carpets, rugs and upholstery. Some of these are sound suggestions and some are just plain destructive.

If you have an area rug you value, we recommend you do not use any home remedies but rather use a professional Spotting Kit.

As an example, most Spot and Stain removal instructions, using household chemicals, suggest you use a liquid dishwashing detergent. This is not a good idea as dish washing liquid is oily and will cause re-soiling. It also has a high pH and can cause permanent damage.


STEP 1: Remove any solids with a knife or spoon.

STEP 2: Gently blot using paper towels.

STEP 3: Dampen area and continue to gently blot. Never scrub aggressively as this can cause lasting damage to the fabric surface.

STEP 4: If you still have an unsatisfactory result contact a carpet cleaner or, in the case of an Oriental or Persian Rug, call your Specialist Rug Cleaner.

At Oriental Rug Care we have available a Professional Spotting Kit.

By following the instructions you can remove many common and difficult spots and stains. The three products in the MasterBlend OneStep Spotting Kit are all professional quality products and are approved by the Woolsafe® for use on wool and wool rich fabrics.

MASTERBLEND ® OneStep Spotting Kit

Kit contains:

  • General Spotter (All purpose Spot Remover)
  • Dry Spotter (Stubborn greasy Spot Remover)
  • Absorbent Powder (Absorbs liquid spills
    and Pet Accidents)
  • Spotting Towel
  1. Vacuum at least once a week.
  2. Rotate the direction of your rug once a year. (Spreads wear and effect of sunlight)
  3. Remove spills immediately.
  4. Have your rug cleaned every two years by your Oriental Rug Cleaning Specialist.


The most important maintenance step is proper vacuuming. Regular and thorough vacuuming at least once a week and more often in heavy traffic areas will remove soil and dirt particles before the become embedded into the pile of the rug.

Remember, you cannot over-vacuum, and vacuuming should begin the day you get your Oriental or Persian area rug.

See our 'what to do in case of rug spill and stain guide' and the accompanying chart with different stain scores.

If you can't get a stain out call us and one of our specialists will help you.