How to remove carpet stains using an iron

How to remove carpet stains using an iron
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When I walked into my new condo for the first time, the unmistakable smell of cat urine nearly made me gag.

It didn’t take long to determine where the odor was coming from. The cat pee smell was especially bad in the two carpeted bedrooms, but that wasn’t my only problem. There were also various types of stains throughout the whole place.

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How to remove carpet stains without hiring a pro

I immediately began to think about my options to fix the problem ASAP:

  • Replace the carpet and padding
  • Hire a professional to steam clean
  • Rent a carpet cleaner

Replacing the two rooms of carpet would cost between $1,000 and $2,000, so I considered bringing in a professional to clean it. The estimate was about $250, including a special treatment for the pet stains.

When I was ready to book an appointment, my colleague Charis from suggested that I buy a steam cleaner.

I always assumed that those carpet cleaners were out of my price range, but I was wrong. Charis found the Hoover Carpet Cleaner SteamVac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Machine (F5914900) on sale for $69.99 at

Here’s a before and after from my first time using the carpet cleaner:

For a $70 carpet cleaner, I was pretty impressed with the results on both carpet and upholstery.

To tackle some of the remaining spots throughout the room, I tested out a cleaning tip I learned about on YouTube that only requires a clothes iron and a few items that you have around the house.

Step-by-step: Remove carpet stains using an iron

Step 1: Add 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to 1 cup of hot water. Saturate the stain.

Step 2: Soak an old towel or rag in hot water and lay it on top of the stain.

Step 3: Set iron to medium heat and apply it to the towel, moving the iron over the stain for about 15 seconds. Using high heat may burn the carpet! 

Step 4: Repeat the previous step until the stain has fully transferred from the carpet to the towel.

Step 5: Blot the carpet with dry paper towels to remove excess moisture and soap.

Step 6: Use a hair dryer on medium heat to speed up the drying process.

Before and after 

I made the short video below to give you a closer look at the process. Thanks to Bob Schmidt of the Home Remodel Workshop YouTube channel for his great tutorial on this method. It really works! 

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Mike Timmermann About the author:
Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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