How Do You Get Stains Out of a Carpet?


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Remove carpet stains by scraping up any solids, blotting with a towel, rinsing and blotting again. Then, dab with a mixture of water and a drop of dish detergent, working from the edges to the middle of the stain. Blot with a clean, dry towel, rinse and blot one last time.

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  1. Scrape up any solids

    Use the edge of a spoon to scoop up any solids in the stained area.

  2. Blot with an absorbent towel

    Press a towel into the stain to wick up as much of the liquid portion of the stain as possible. Move to a dry portion of the towel, and repeat until the area is as dry as possible.

  3. Rinse with warm water

    Pour a small amount of water onto the carpet to saturate the stain. The water flushes more of the stain out of the carpet.

  4. Blot the water out of the carpet

    Blot with more dry towels to remove the water and more of the stain.

  5. Dab with a water-detergent mixture

    Mix 1 cup of warm water with 2 drops of liquid dish detergent. Wet a soft rag in the solution, and dab it into the remaining stained area. Push the solution into the edges of the stain first, working toward the center.

  6. Blot to remove the detergent solution

    Blot again with dry towels.

  7. Rinse, and blot a final time

    Rinse the stain with a little cool water, and blot with another dry towel to remove the last of the stain.

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