The Super-Surprising Way to Get Stains Out of Your Carpet

updated Jun 25, 2021
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Spilled juice on carpet
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I’m always up for trying wild and wacky cleaning methods. But I must admit I was skeptical upon hearing that WD-40 could be used to lift stains off carpet. So, of course, I had to give it a try. I used balsamic vinegar for the stain … because I figure I can’t be the only one who’s ever accidentally let a caprese skewer bounce off her plate while walking around a party! 

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According to the company’s site, stain removal can be done in three easy steps.

  • Step 1: Spray WD-40 directly onto the stain, and wait for the solution to absorb. This should take around 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Step 2: Use a damp sponge to rub it in thoroughly. As you do so for a minute, the solution will work its way under the stain and loosen its bonds, making it easier to wipe off.
  • Step 3: Take a dry rag or towel, clean up the damp spot on the carpet thoroughly, and you’re good to go!

I went all out and tipped the bottle of balsamic over, causing a pretty saturated dime-sized stain. Here’s what it looked like to start.

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I saturated the stain with WD-40, and let it soak up until I couldn’t see any more foam. 

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Next, I blotted the area a few times and started scrubbing it with a clean towel. This is what the stain looked like after the first cleaning with WD-40.

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I sprayed two more times until the color was completely lifted, and I have to admit, I was impressed with the results.

Credit: Ashley Poskin

The WD-40 was able to lift and completely remove the balsamic vinegar stain from the carpet. The cleaning process was simple, and the smell went away within a few minutes. I’m excited to add one more unexpected cleaning agent to my caddy — and my purse! You know, just in case I have another run-in with a slippery caprese skewer at a party in the future!

Have you tried WD-40 to clean carpet stains? Tell us in the comments below!