How to Get Stains Out of Tan Car Carpet – Colorbond Paint

How to Get Stains Out of Tan Car Carpet

Posted on October 06 2022

How to Get Stains Out of Tan Car Carpet


Are you struggling to remove stains from the tan carpets in your car or truck? You aren’t alone. Carpets are the most stained auto interior component. While black carpeting mercifully hides stains, lighter colors like tan and gray aren’t so forgiving. Even a light stain can be a glaring problem for the caring vehicle owner. In this article we’ll cover how to get stains out of tan car carpet.

  1. Vacuum

Before removing stains, the carpet needs to be thoroughly vacuumed to remove dirt and debris.

  1. Removing the Stain

Spray Carpet Cleaners

Spray carpet cleaners, like those found in retail stores, can often thoroughly remove stains. This usually entails spraying the carpet cleaner onto the stain and then scrubbing with a soft bristled brush in a circular motion. However, it’s best follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the spray carpet cleaner you have chosen.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

If you prefer, you can use a vinegar and dish soap solution to get stains out of tan car carpet. In a plastic spray bottle simply mix ¼ cup white vinegar with ¼ cup water, and then add one teaspoon of dish soap. Use of Dawn dishwashing detergent is helpful as it will help remove grease stains. Keep in mind that if you use a concentrated dish soap, you’ll need to use less than a full teaspoon. It’s best to experiment and add a little at a time until you reach a solution proves to be most effective without being too soapy. Of note, If you want to mask the smell of the vinegar, you can mix in a couple of drops of lemon juice or essential oil to the solution.

To apply, spray the solution onto the stain and then gently scrub it in with a soft bristle brush. To finish, blot the area with a wet cloth to remove the solution, and then blot the area with a dry cloth to dry it.

How to Get Old Stains out of Car Carpet

Old stains can be difficult to remove as they have set into the carpet. An effective way how to get old stains out of car carpet is to use the vinegar and dish soap solution, as described above. Spray it onto the stain and allow it to soak in for at least ten minutes. Be sure the area stays wet with solution – don’t let it dry. Then scrub the stain with a soft bristled brush. Finish by blotting the area with a wet cloth to remove the solution, and then blot it dry with a paper towel or dry cloth.

How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Car Carpet

Stubborn stains can be pre-treated before using your carpet cleaner of choice.

Glass Cleaner – Glass cleaner is often an effective way how to get stains out of car carpet. As well, it doesn’t leave a soapy residue, or smells after it dries. Spray the glass cleaner onto the stain and wait about five minutes and then blot it dry with a paper towel.

Blood Stains – Spreading a paste made of laundry starch and cold water onto blood stains can help remove them. Use of cold water is key, as warm or water will set the stain. Stubborn blood stains may require leaving the paste on for one or two hours. Wipe off with a damp cloth and then scrub with your carpet cleaner of choice.

Ink Stains – Hairspray can be used to get ink stains out of car carpet. Soak the stain with the spray and wait for it to begin to fade. Then rinse with cold water and blot dry with a paper towel or dry cloth.

  1. How to Repair Permanent Stains on Tan Car Carpet

Sometimes a stain just can’t be removed, however, it can be concealed with carpet paint. ColorBond offers Carpet Refinisher, Carpet Stylin’, and ColorBond LVP for restoring and restyling car carpet. While all three products use the same formulation, and work and look great on carpeting, we developed Carpet Stylin’ and Carpet Refinisher to help customers easily identify our car carpet paints.

Offering a cost saving alternative to carpet replacement, these automotive carpet paints are easy to apply and come in easy-to-use aerosol cans. ColorBond’s revolutionary molecular bonding paint penetrates deep into carpet fibers providing results that look great and are highly durable. Importantly, the carpet is left feeling soft and natural after painting.

Carpet stains can be concealed with ColorBond paints

If you can’t get stains out of tan car carpet, ColorBond offers several variations of tan, which makes it easy to find a paint to match your carpet.

All our OEM certified colors can be seen here.

There are several solutions when it comes to how to get stains out of tan car carpet. However, if the stains are permanent ColorBond paints can save the day.

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson founded and operated ColorBond Paint since 1996. He has over 30 years of experience in the automotive painting industry. ColorBond Paint specializes in leather, vinyl, and plastic specific aerosol paint that is OEM approved for automotive manufacturers.


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