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How do you remove spots from a carpet?

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To remove spots from a carpet, spray a cloth with a detergent solution and use it to blot away the stain. Spray a second clean cloth with water, and use it to remove the cleaner.

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To remove set-in stains from carpets, run through the following steps.

  1. Prepare the spray bottles
  2. Make a mixture of one cup of warm water and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and pour it into a spray bottle. Fill a second spray bottle with cold, clean water.

  3. Clean the spot with detergent
  4. To wipe away the stain, moisten a cloth with the detergent solution. Carefully blot away the stain with a cloth, taking care not to rub the cloth into the spot. Keep blotting the carpet with new sections of cloth until the spot disappears.

  5. Rinse away the detergent
  6. To rinse away the detergent, moisten a cloth with the clean water spray bottle. Blot the cloth onto the carpet to let it absorb the leftover detergent.

  7. Dry with paper towels
  8. Place a layer of paper towels over the carpet to absorb the remaining water and any leftover stains. Leave the paper towels on the spot overnight.

To clean away fresh, water-soluble stains such as wine, coffee or tea, wash the carpet with one tablespoon of ammonia and one cup of water. To clean away fresh oil-based stains such as salad dressing, makeup or butter, carefully wipe away the stain with a solvent. To clean fresh mud stains, vacuum up the dirt and then wash the area with a detergent solution as described above.

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