MasterCare Stain Guide:

Find your spot on the list and use the first solution listed. As long as there is improvement, continue using, if not go to the next solution.

Helpful hints before you begin:

  • Act quickly, the longer a spill is on your carpet chances are higher the stain will become permanent.
  • If a spot is liquid always blot with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white (no print) paper towel.
  • Do not scrub the area! If the spill is semi-solid, then gently scrape up with a rounded spoon working from the edges to the center. If the spill is a solid break it up and remove by vacuuming.
  • Pretest any spot removal solution in an inconspicuous area for fiber damage or color loss.
  • Apply a small amount of selected cleaning solution on a white cloth and gently work in from the edges toward the center.
  • Blot do not scrub! Absorb as much as possible and repeat if necessary.
  • After the spill has been removed, rinse with cold water until all the solution has been flushed out and blot dry with a cloth.

Dry cleaning fluid/Solvent

(non flammable) always apply to a white cloth and never directly to carpet because direct contact could damage carpet backing.

Nail Polish Remover

(without conditioners)

Detergent Solution

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of clear (no bleach, no lanolin, no optical brighteners) dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of warm water. Allow solution to dwell on problem area 10-15 minutes, rinse several times with warm water to remove residues.

Warm water rinse

Should be used in most cases for rinsing.

White Vinegar Solution

Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water.

Ammonia Solution

Mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia with 1 cup water. Improper use can cause color change. Test in hidden area.

Stain/Spot removal solutions

Contact your carpet manufacturer for recommended products and follow label directions.

Call MasterCare

If the stain is stubborn and doesn't respond to household cleaners, call us and one of our professional certified technicians will come out to provide additional assistance.


  • Adhesive H D F C A
  • Animal Stains H D E F C
  • Asphalt H C A
  • Beer H G D C
  • Bleach H D E C
  • Blood (use cold water) H G D C F
  • Browning H D E
  • Candle H A B
  • Candy H D E F C
  • Catsup H G D E F C
  • Chalk/Charcoal H C I
  • Chewing Gum H A
  • Chocolate H D E F C A
  • Coffee H G D E C
  • Coffee Cream/Sugar H G D E C A
  • Cola H G D E F C
  • Cough Medicine/Syrup H G D E F C
  • Cosmetics H G D E F C A B
  • Crayon H C A
  • Egg H D E F C
  • Feces H D E G F C
  • Fingernail Polish H D C A B
  • Food Dye H G D E F C A
  • Food Stains Greasy H G D E F C A
  • Fruit/Fruit Juices H G D E F C
  • Gatorade H G D E F C
  • Glue Hobby H G D C A
  • Grass H G D E F C A B
  • Gravy H D E F C A B
  • Grease H G D E F C A B
  • Hair Dye H G D E C
  • Ice Cream H D E F C A
  • Ink-Ballpoint H G D E F C A B
  • Ink-Washable H G D E F C
  • Iron Rust H G D C E
  • Jam and Jelly H G D E F C
  • Jell-O H G D E C
  • Kool-Aid H G D E F C
  • Lipstick H G D E F C A B
  • Lotion H D C A B
  • Makeup H A D C
  • Mascara H G D C A
  • Medicines H G D E F C A B
  • Milk H D E F C A
  • Mud H D C
  • Oil Cooking/Motor H D F C A B
  • Paint Latex/Water H G D F C
  • Paint Oil Based H G D F C A B
  • Puddings H D E F C
  • Salad Dressing H G D C A
  • Shoe Polish Liquids H G D F C A B
  • Soup H D E F C A
  • Syrup H D F C
  • Tea H G D E C
  • Tomatoes H G D E F C
  • Unknown H G D F E C A B
  • Urine Dry H F E D C
  • Urine Wet H D E F C
  • Vomit H G D E F C
  • Wax Floor H G D C A
  • Whiskey/Wine H G D E F C