How Do You Clean Stains From Carpet?

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To clean stains from carpet, retrieve cleaning tools as quickly as possible, remove solids, and blot the stain. Apply a cleaning product, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Blot the stain with wet cloth, and then blot with a dry cloth.

  1. Retrieve the cleaning tools quickly

    Time is critical when removing carpet stains. Gather your cleaning products, a wet cloth and a dry cloth as quickly as possible.

  2. Remove any solid matter

    Using a spoon or butter knife, remove any solid matter from the carpet. This helps to prevent the stain from setting and becoming permanent.

  3. Blot the stain

    Using a clean, white cloth, absorb as much of the liquid as you can. To prevent the stain from getting larger, start on the outer edges and work towards the middle. Rubbing the carpet can cause damage, so be sure to pat it gently until the stain no longer picks up residue.

  4. Use a cleaning product

    Spray the rest of the stain with either a store-bought carpet cleaning product, or make one yourself. To make a cleaner, mix 1 teaspoon of gentle dish washing liquid, 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.

  5. Blot the stain again

    After the cleaning agent sits on the stain for 10 minutes, gently blot the stain with a new cloth. Start by using cold water, and then follow up with a dry cloth.

Oily and greasy stains include butter and salad dressing as well as lotion, crayons, tree sap and many cosmetics, such as mascara and nail polish. Real Simple recommends applying a small amount of solvent to a white cloth to remove these stains from synthetic carpets. Dab the cloth repeatedly onto the stain, and then press the cloth onto the stain for several seconds. Rinse the area by blotting it with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Wait about an hour or until the area is completely dry. If the stain is becoming lighter, repeat the cleaning procedure until the stain is gone.

To remove oily, greasy stains from natural fiber rugs, apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth, and blot the stain. Real Simple advises spraying a solution of detergent and water onto the stain. Blot the stain with a dry white cloth, and then spray the area with lukewarm water. Blot again with a dry white cloth. If the stain is lighter, repeat until the stain is removed.