Rugs vs. Carpets

There's no denying that having a thick carpet provides superior comfort, but sometimes - and particularly in warmer countries like Australia - it's just not practical. Conversely, there are few things that can make a room look cleaner and more chic than the combination of a hardwood or tiled floor and a nice rug. Each of these floor coverings comes with its own problems when it comes to cleaning, but luckily there are easy solutions whatever your favoured floor covering. So, pay attention to our rug and carpet stain removal tips!


The first hurdle when dealing with carpet stains is often spotting them, especially if the carpet is of a particularly deep pile. It's important to take regular care of your carpets as stains will become much easier to spot. If you have pets, then it is recommended that you make sure to vacuum high traffic areas once a week.

If you happen to notice a stain you should address it as soon as possible. Here are some simple steps to follow:

  • First make sure to remove as much of what caused the stain as possible, then wet with a damp cloth or a wet wipe (alcohol free to protect any dyes) to try and stop it from setting into the fibres.
  • Then, using a spray such as Vanish Preen Oxi Action Carpet Stain Remover, apply it to the affected area and allow the formula to work for five minutes. Then wash the carpet as you normally would, to remove traces of the offending stain!


Rugs have many of the same issues as carpets, with it being a good idea to keep up with regular maintenance, so you can catch any marks and stains as soon as possible. One advantage of some rugs, is that their small size allows them to be submerged completely in a solution of Vanish and water. Once soaking, leave for ten minutes before taking out and scrubbing with a soft bristle brush. The stain should disappear in no time.

If the rug is too big to submerge easily, don't worry, because you can keep it laid flat and treat is the same way that you would a carpet, as outlined above!

The Next Steps

Some foods and other substances that can cause stains also sometimes leave an unwanted smell. This is because tiny particles can be clinging to the fibres of the fabric, even if the stain is no longer visible. To rectify this, simply sprinkle the area with Vanish Preen Power Powder, and work the powder into the carpet with soft bristle brush until the stain disappears. Leave the powder for at least twenty minutes to dry before vacuuming to remove all the powder. 

So whatever your choice, rug or carpet, you shouldn't ever have to worry about tackling stains that it may pick up, thanks to Vanish.

Note: Always follow washing/cleaning instructions on the carpet or rug care label.