How to Remove Rug Stains

How do I remove this stain from my area rug? As professional carpet cleaners in Lawton, Oklahoma we get asked this question frequently. After trying probably every over-the-counter stain remover on the market, we have found a couple of DIY stain removal tips to try before spending your money on cleaners that don’t work or calling a professional carpet and rug cleaner. Sometimes a stain will come out easily, and sometimes professional cleaning services may be needed – all stains and area rugs are different!

Like “The Dude”, we know how well a rug can pull a room together. We’ve got DIY stain removal tips to extend the life of your rug, man. 

DIY Stain Removal for Rugs:

  1. VERY IMPORTANT – Before starting, make sure the rug is not a high end oriental rug as it may bleed. Check the tab. Click here for a good article giving 3 signs of a quality oriental rug.
  2. Mix 32 oz. of water to 1 tablespoon of Dawn liquid detergent. Mix well and put in spray bottle. (If it’s an oil-based stain the Dawn should help out.)
  3. Spray enough to saturate the affected area.
  4. Lightly agitate and dab a little bit to smear the area.
  5. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Now extract with water and wet/dry ShopVac. Do not use a regular vacuum!
  7. If the stain comes up all the way, place a fan to dry the area. If not, repeat process one more time.
  8. If the stain is still there we recommend contacting your local professional carpet and rug cleaner. Upon inspection they should be able to give you a good idea if the stain is even removable or not.

Seem like too many steps? We agree. Make it easier on yourself and use our Spot Out Spot Remover instead! Not only is it safe for carpets, pets, and people, it’s ready to use with no rinsing required, plus it’s residue-free. Spot Out is so effective that one application may be all you need to remove any carpet, rug, or upholstery stain. Just spot, dab, dry, and you’re done! Click here to learn more or to place an order for A-Team Carpet Clean’s Spot Out Stain out stain remover before after




Which Vacuum is Best? – A Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

As a professional carpet cleaner, I am asked quite regularly which vacuum cleaner is best, so I try to stay on top of the top vacuum styles, their key features, and details about what type of cleaning is best suited for each one. I’ve done a little research for you in the large variety of vacuum cleaners available nowadays and will also give you my personal recommendation.

vacuum buying guide

If you search for the best vacuum cleaner on Google, you will get tons of information thrown your way. I have weeded through the many articles and blogs in order to share with you the best and most accurate information I could find. I also put together a blog that lists the best rated vacuums on the internet. Here are the links to my favorite ones:

How to Buy a Vacuum Cleaner in 2017: This article is a complete buying guide that breaks down the different models of vacuum cleaners so you will know which type is best for your home.

Best Rated Vacuum Cleaners of 2017: I did a little research for you to find the best rated vacuum cleaners for carpets in 2017 according to reviews on,, and

Best Vacuums for Allergy Sufferers: 6 picks for the best vacuum cleaners for allergy sufferers from Consumer Reports’  after testing of a variety of brands and models in July 2017.

vacuum buying guide

My personal preference is the Shark vacuum. We have a toddler and pets so our vacuum cleaners are regularly used. They run around $159-$200 and have a five year warranty that I have used twice. We have four sharks in different models, and when one breaks I call the company and they send me a new head or part. Customer service is great and the longevity is valuable.

I also recommend having your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded soil. A-Team Carpet Clean of Lawton, OK recommends daily vacuuming as the most important cleaning activity to extend the life of your carpet and enjoy a clean, healthy home.

I hope my tips and research help you navigate through the world of vacuum cleaners!

A Team Carpet Clean Chris Collins

Author: Chris Collins

Owner, A-Team Carpet Clean, Inc.

Fall Cleaning Checklist

Preparing your home for the fall season doesn’t have to be such a chore. We made a fall cleaning checklist that is broken down into different areas of…let’s say motivation. You can start with the Basic Cleaning – these things absolutely should be done when cleaning your house. The Deep Cleaning and Traditional Extras are recommended for a thorough house cleaning for cosmetic and health related reasons. So turn on some music and get your clean on!

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Vacuum, mop, or steam clean floors regularly!

Basic Cleaning (remember to work from top to bottom)

  • Wipe down ceiling fans and lights
  • Dust tops of doors and door frames
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Dust corners, edges, and windowsills
  • Disinfect door knobs and switches
  • Oil wood furniture
  • Launder all bedding
  • Wash bathroom counters
  • Scrub bathtubs and showers
  • Disinfect kitchen counter
  • Clean appliances
  • Vacuum floors and edges
  • Mop floors and wash baseboards
  • Wash throw rugs
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Carpet cleaning will help rid your floors of dirt and allergens so you can breathe easier!

Deep Cleaning

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Having trouble cleaning out the garage? Have a garage sale!

Traditional Extras

  • Rotate and/or flip mattress
  • Repair holes in carpet
  • Clean out gutters
  • Switch out clothing
  • Clean out garage
  • Clean porch and/or patio
  • Yard clean-up
  • Clean outdoor lights
  • Wash window screens

We hope our fall cleaning checklist makes your house cleaning easier and faster. Please comment with any tips you would like to add to our list.

Happy Fall!

A Team Carpet Clean Lawton OK