How to Clean Juice Stains from Carpet

Juice stains are a common problem, especially when there are small children in the house. With the right cleaning solution you can remove the stains and revive your beautiful carpet. As with any cleaner, you may want to try a test application on a small, hidden spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet.

Easy Juice Stain Removal

When juice spills be quick to act on the stain right away. Cleaning the stain before it has time to soak deep into the fibers will make your job much easier. The seemingly impossible stains such as grape juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice and orange juice can be removed without having the expense of a professional carpet cleaner. Use the following steps along with the appropriate cleaning solution for your carpet type.

You Will Need:

  • Cleaning solution (these are safe for all carpet types)
    • 1 teaspoon neutral detergent with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 quart cold water
    • 1/4 c. baking soda and 2 cups cold water
    • 1/4 teaspoon mild, non-bleach detergent with 1 liter cool water
  • Clean white cloths
  • Spray bottle (for cleaning solution)
  • Water in spray bottle
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon juice
  • Spoon

How to Remove the Stain:

  1. Begin by blotting with a clean cloth to remove as much of the juice as possible. It’s very important to BLOT throughout this entire process DO NOT SCRUB. Your goal is to “lift” the stain, not rub it into the fibers. Working from the outside of the stain towards the center will keep the stain from spreading.
  2. Moisten cloth well with cleaning solution and lay it on top of the stain.
  3. Use the bottom of the spoon to gently press on the cloth, working from the outside towards the middle. This method allows you to work the solution into the stain without damaging the carpet fibers or rubbing the stain.
  4. Repeat as necessary with a clean cloth each time until no more stain appears on the cloth.
  5. For cranberry juice: apply 3% hydrogen peroxide then ammonia (do not apply ammonia to wool or oriental rugs – it will damage the fibers) and blot.
  6. Spray with rinsing solution.
  7. Blot with clean cloth to remove.
  8. Spray with clean water.
  9. Blot with clean cloth. Repeat as necessary to be sure all cleaning solution has been removed.
  10. Cover stain with clean cloth or stack of paper towels and put heavy weight on top (heavy books, etc.)
  11. Leave set for several hours to absorb any remaining liquid.
  12. Remove weights and cloths and let area air dry.
  13. When spot has dried completely, vacuum thoroughly to restore carpet texture and pick up any remaining cleaning solution residue.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • If you are removing tomato juice from a light colored carpet, apply hydrogen peroxide or fresh lemon juice to the fresh stain. It will help the carpet return to its normal color.
  • Be sure to use cool/cold water, warm water speeds up the setting process and makes the stains more difficult to remove.
  • Do not use laundry detergent or automatic dishwasher detergents as they may damage the fibers of your carpet.
  • Do not use bleach or ammonia on wool carpets as it will damage the fibers.
  • Do not use carpet spot cleaners on oriental rugs as it will damage the fibers.
  • Oriental rugs should be cleaned with caution. If your rug is an antique, silk, or part silk, contact a professional to remove the stain.


  1. Sharon says:

    I have an old fruit juice stain on my carpet. I thought it was cleaned after the spill, but the stain has reappeared many years later. I have tried Resolve and OxiClean, but the stain seems to be getting worse. Any ideas?

  2. Jeanne says:

    I too have an old orange juice stain. I think a grandchild put something over it without even blotting it up. I have used vinegar and also a cleaner called, “Tuff-Stuff.” The stain is a little lighter, but is still very noticeable. I’ve also tried peroxide, and I think a mild Clorox solution. I need help…

  3. Stanley says:

    I spilled fruit punch on my aunt’s carpet and I tried everything that she told me to use, but it’s not coming up. I need help and it wasn’t even my fault for the cup to spill; I just got blamed for it.

  4. Alan says:

    I have dried fruit, raisins, squashed into my carpet. It is sticky and well trodden in. Has anyone any suggestions on how to remove them please?

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