Having carpets at home can both be a blessing and a curse. For one, they look elegant and just feel so luxurious under the feet. That said, keeping your carpet pristine can be a challenge. That is why you can’t relax when you see that there’s a stain on your carpet.

Your initial reaction might be to immediately wet some paper towels and attack the stain. Is that the right first move, though? What should your next step be? Well, the most important thing you should know for now is that there are certain stains that are unlikely to be removed by DIY attempts.

Here are some of the types of stains that require professional carpet cleaning:

Stains from Red Wine

What makes red wine so hard to remove is the fact that the acid allows the color to soak deep into the carpet fiber. It can be very difficult to get it out.

What most people do wrong is that they mistakenly think that the more they rub it, the quicker the stain will disappear. Rubbing the stain can actually be counterproductive to the situation. It actually makes the stain deeper and harder to remove.

Why It Needs Pro Cleaning:

  • The stain is so deep that it can no longer be scrubbed out using water and a towel.
  • Rubbing the stain will only make the stain go deeper.

Coffee Stains

Coffee stains are a hassle to remove because the density of the tannic acid in coffee makes it very difficult for it to be soaked up. It can take repeated attempts over days for it to be removed if it’s removed at all.

Why It Needs Pro Cleaning:

  • Coffee stains take a long time to be removed naturally.
  • It is usually a small area that is stained.
  • In order to rinse the stain well, you need a large amount of water.
  • It is hard to know whether you’ll be able to remove the stain completely.
  • Some of the spilled coffee might have already soaked through the underlay and will wick up again and again.

Stains from Pet’s “Accidents”

Pet urine stains may look like a mere annoyance, but to a professional carpet cleaning company, it’s a big problem. Although they are not as deep as a red wine stain, they are by no means a small problem. If left untreated, the carpet’s texture and general appearance may significantly deteriorate due to the pet puddles’ odor and color.

Why It Needs Pro Cleaning:

  • It will take a lot of effort to remove the stain with a regular carpet spotter
  • It will take a lot of water to rinse the stain thoroughly
  • You need a very good urine treatment product to remove the stains.
  • The smell will return if you let the stain go ignored and set in
  • It may be difficult to soak up the rinse water enough with a regular shop vacuum.

Ink or Paint Stains

These types of stains are more common than you think. Most people are not wary of it because they think it’s a stain that can easily be removed. But here’s the truth: unless the ink or paint is fresh, it will be very hard to remove, and even then it will often spread during the DIY cleaning attempt.

Why It Needs Pro Cleaning:

  • The stain is deep into the carpet’s fibers, and if you don’t get it out, it will hurt the carpet’s quality.
  • There’s a chance that the stain can cause your carpet to be permanently damaged.
  • There’s a probability that the stain will bleed through the underlay.
  • It is likely that the stain will permanently discolor the carpet.


If you find yourself in any of the situations listed above, you should seriously consider getting professional carpet cleaners to help you with the stain. The stain may not look like a big deal, but it can slowly cause other issues, like discoloration, that you may not even notice. It’ll also take you a much longer time to do it yourself, and you might not be successful in removing the stain.

Power Plus Cleaning and Restoration is a reputable carpet cleaning company that offers reliable services in Orem, Sandy, Provo and nearby areas in Utah. Contact us to get a quote for your carpet cleaning!

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