How to Clean up a False Tan Stain on Carpet

False tan stains are inevitable, and the price we all pay to look fabulously bronzed. Most aren’t a problem though, bed sheets, clothes and towels can all be thrown in the wash, but what about our carpet? Disaster can strike,when you realise your carpet has more tan on it than you. Cream or white carpet can even mean tears….But, fear not! Renew carpet cleaning have a step-by-step guide to removing false tan from carpet, that’s even easier than trying to tan your own back.

How to clean up a false tan stain on carpet


How to clean up a false tan stain on carpet

Method #1

  • Use a dull knife or spoon to lift out as much of the product as you can from the carpet. Be sure not to rub or wipe the stain as this will cause it to work further into the carpet making it harder to remove.
  • Mix a solution of one teaspoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water. Dip a soft toothbrush into the solution and work it into the carpet. Work inwards so as not to spread the stain.
  • Then blot with a clean towel or paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible.
  • Use cold water to blot away the soapy solution and dry by blotting with paper towel.
  • Allow the area to air dry.

How to clean up a false tan stain on carpet

Method #2

If the stain remains, mix a solution of one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of water. Test this solution on an inconspicuous area of carpet first. Only use hydrogen peroxide on light-coloured carpet as it will bleach darker dyes. Be sure to read the instructions on the bottle carefully and use protective clothing and gloves.



It’s recommended that all carpet should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. Renew carpet cleaning are Ireland’s leading carpet cleaning company. Not only do we remove tough stains and get carpet looking like new, we can achieve all this by using Eco-friendly products that have been FDA approved! To book your carpet cleaning today, or to find out more about Renew’s services, check out our website.


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