Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials. For large stain, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading. Blot up liquid spills with a white towel or paper towel so you can assess your progress.
Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently to dissolve the soap without causing it to foam.. Apply this detergent solution directly to a white cloth and just dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Saturating the carpet could cause the stain to spread.
Wipe gently toward the center of the spill turning the cloth over frequently to keep a clean face to the carpet. Never rub, scrub or use a brush as this could damage your carpet fibers. Once the spill and stain is removed follow the same procedure using only lukewarm clean water to rinse. Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure by pushing the towel into the carpet using your fingers, palm or fist to blot.
Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of detergent have been removed.
Change towels or paper towels until carpet feels fairly dry and do not place anything over or walk through that area until the carpet is completely dry.
If the stain still remains, proceed to Step Two. (For coffee, tea or urine, skip Step Two & proceed to Step Three.)
***Do not use on coffee, tea or urine stains.
Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Apply ammonia solution, rinse & blot as outlined in Step One. Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to Step Three to neutralize the ammonia solution.
Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water.
Apply the vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step One. Most household spills and stains can be removed using this easy method. For best results, always clean up spots and spills immediately. Locate your stain on the chart and follow the cleaning steps until the stain is removed.
It is not unusual for stains to reappear after spot cleaning. This is referred to as “wicking”. Wicking can occur when a liquid is spilled on the carpet (usually a large quantity). Cleaning can remove only the stain from the carpet fibers. Liquid still remains in the carpet backing or padding. Through capillary action, the stain can “wick” back up into the carpet fibers.
These stains are not permanent and typically can be removed by simply repeating the appropriate step-by-step directions listed here. You can also place paper towels weighed down by a heavy object over the area after you have performed the above procedures to assist in absorbing any remaining stain substances.
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