11 More Awful Stains We Clean From Carpets, Rugs, Furniture & Mattresses

Since 1977, Chem-Dry has been cleaning carpet, rug, furniture and mattress stains in using our revolutionary carbonated method. Since then, we’ve expanded to over 4,000 locations, while living on the promise of “if we can’t get it out, nobody can”. That’s because our specialty stain removal service is the best in the business. There’s a reason we’ve become so successful over the years – not all cleaning methods are equal. When it comes to carpet cleaning, Chem-Dry’s unique hot carbonating extraction system offers a deeper, faster drying, healthier clean than typical steam cleaning services. Plus, traditional steam cleaning saturates your carpet with an excessive amount of water filled with detergents. That means your carpets take days to fully dry. When we clean carpets they’re dry in hours, not days. Whether you’ve stained your carpet, expensive Persian rug, mattress, or leather couch, Chem-Dry SuperCity can help. We’ll clean any stain, regardless how bad. Get in touch with our team today for a free cleaning estimate. Years ago, we published an article that was wildly popular, highlighting the 15 awful stains we clean from carpets, rugs, furniture and upholstery. Now, it’s time for a reboot. Here are 11 more awful stains we clean from carpets, rugs, furniture and mattresses: Using a professional carpet cleaner on an semi-annual basis in certainly an excellent idea for keeping your home clean and healthy. But having to call in the cleaners on a weekly basis is unpractical and definitely too costly for most. In order to maintain a healthy-looking home year-round while dodging costly cleaning bills and avoiding wear and tear to your carpets, rugs, floors and furniture, there are a number of things you can do on a daily basis. Consistency is key. In this article, we’ll outline some of our favourite cleaning tips to keep your home looking effortlessly clean and tidy all year-round:


Candy is a constant stain threat for those with children. Especially around Halloween time, candy stains are bound to turn up on couches and carpets throughout your home. Candy can be a tough stain, given the high sugar content. Plus, candy will attract unwanted visitors like ants and other insects. You’ll want to address these stains as soon as possible! You’ll be amazed at how something simple like a cleaning schedule will lower your stress levels. Instead of procrastinating your house chores for weeks before finally giving in and spending all day cleaning the house, the calendar will help break it up. That way you can spend 20 minutes here and there, and won’t have to sacrifice your evenings or weekends. If you’re feeling extra creative, buy a big paper calendar from your local art supplies store, colour code it and assign tasks to various family members. That way everyone will know what should be done when.


While the thought of sweat stains may be unpleasant, they are certainly common. They’re also some of the toughest stains to remove, as they usually damage mattresses over long periods of time without any stain removal effort. Call Chem-Dry SuperCity and take advantage of our specialty furniture and mattress cleaning services. To help combat the dirtiness caused by intruding footwear in your home, place a welcome mat outside your house and another large mat in the foyer of your home. That way if people continue to tread in your home, at least a portion of the dirt will get shaken off before hand. If your family is already great at taking their shoes off at home, you may want to gently remind your visitors. Instead of verbal warnings and nagging, try leaving a polite sign near the entrance or your home that gently nudges guests to remove their shoes. Once you’ve successfully implemented the no shoes rule, try to encourage your family to wear socks or slippers around the house. Bare feet are oily, which means they can attract dirt, dust and grime and spread it throughout the house. Socks or slippers are a great defence against bare feet – plus, they’re cosier!


Curry is a notoriously delicious yet messy supper choice. Not only are the stains some of the toughest in the business, but the colour is difficult to ignore. Luckily, Chem-Dry’s carbonated extraction method can make quick work of a curry stain, while leaving the affected area dry again in a matter of hours.


Mustard stains tend to emerge during barbeque season especially. Mustard leaves an awful yellow stain that’s difficult to ignore or get rid of on your own. Mustard on clothing is suitable for DIY-style stain removal, but mustard on the carpets will be tougher to do yourself.

Salad Dressing

Salad dressing is the dark horse of this list of stains. While the colour isn’t always the most noticeable on carpets and rugs, most salad dressings are packed with additives, vinegar, oils and sugars that combine to cause quite a mess. Luckily salad dressing stains are no problem for Chem-Dry’s carbonated extraction method.


Toothpaste also flies under the radar as a common household stain due to its colour. On white clothing, it’s barely noticeable. But a toothpaste stain on your carpet or couch is surprisingly tough, especially after it’s hardened over weeks and months.


Perhaps, the most delicious stain on our list, cheese can be surprisingly messy. It can also leave tough stains, especially when the cheese is melted. Next time you spill fondue on your carpets, call SuperCity Chem-Dry right away and we’ll give your carpets the treatment of their life.

Automotive Grease

Anyone who’s ever worked in a garage fixing cars and changing oil knows the pain of automotive grease stains. They’re extremely tough. Because auto grease is made for cars and not households, the stains are especially unforgiving. Tracking that grease inside onto carpets and couches can leave a real mess. But not to worry – if we can’t get the stain out, nobody can!

Hot Chocolate

Particularly during the cold season, hot chocolate is a classic choice to help stay warm and cozy during a night in. But one stray elbow, hand, or dog tail can create an impressively severe stain all over your carpets and couch.


Who doesn’t love berries? In smoothies, desserts, or just by themselves, berries of all varieties are common favourites. But while they make excellent additions to a pie or cake, they also have the ability to wreak havoc on clothing, carpets and rugs. Plus, the red, pink and purple remains are difficult to ignore.

Cat Pee

Okay, we saved the best until last. There’s nothing more foul than the smell of cat pee. It can happen anytime, anywhere. Their litter is a bit full, they don’t feel well, something they ate is upsetting them. It’s not always just a bad habit, it can be an indication of something medical, so don’t overreact. They’re just little kitties. However, when you do have to react, there’s nothing more satisfying than quickly being able to deal with the cat urine. As a matter of fact, our best article by far is this one that goes into great detail on how to remove cat pee smell from your carpets. We definitely felt this deserved an honorable mention. Our stuff get cat pee out of your carpets and furniture. Give it a try. Whatever stains have been inflicted on your carpets, rugs, furniture and mattresses, Chem-Dry SuperCity can help. Get your free estimate today!