When removing a stain, it is best to begin by blotting the spot and dry working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and repeat as needed. Do not scrub the carpet, for risk of ruining the fibers, or setting in the stain.
Here's Rule No. 1 regarding spots and spills on your carpeting: Clean them immediately. If you catch the spill when it's fresh, you've got a good chance of removing it totally. Consider these tips, too:
- Carefully blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Remove as much of the spill as possible.
- Before using any cleaning solution, test your carpet in an inconspicuous area to make sure the cleaner won't damage or discolor it. Test the cleaning agents that you keep on hand before you have to use them to make sure they will not harm your carpet.
- Do not rub the spill -- that might spread the problem to a larger area.
- When you apply spot cleaner, work from the outside of the stain toward the inside to avoid spreading the stain. After applying a cleaning solution, blot up all the moisture.
- A clean white bath towel is unsurpassed for drying carpet and brushing the nap back up to a standing position.
- If you feel that there is still too much moisture after blotting the carpet, place a 3/4-inch-thick stack of white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object.
Dealing with a specific oops...
If alcohol is spilled on your carpet, stay calm and follow these simple steps.
As soon as possible, pour on some soda water, salt (if it’s red wine) or sponge the area for a few minutes with cold water. This helps to stop it setting.
While wet, rub a mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water into the stained area. Let it sit for minutes, then soak up the liquid using a dry sponge or thick paper towel. Tough stains may need you to repeat the process.
For red wine we recommend using vinegar rather than the detergent mixture. As mentioned above, prompt action is the key to success.
Blood stains on carpet require swift action. First up, sponge the offending area with cold water.
Wait a few minutes, then rub the area with an ammonia solution. About two tablespoons of household ammonia in a cup of water should be about right.
Wax requires either heat or extreme cold to become unstuck. For carpets, scrape away the top layer, then place a few layers of paper towel or brown paper bags over. A warm iron will then draw melted wax onto the paper.
If chewing gum gets on your carpet, dry cleaning fluid from a Dry Cleaners is the most effective option, or dab with Eucalyptus Oil for minor amounts.
Coffee & Tea spills
Fresh spilled coffee or tea on carpet should be sponged with cold water to prevent the stain setting. Once you have done this gently rub the stain with detergent and warm water. Pat dry.
Make Up and Nail Polish Stains
Dry cleaning fluid is the best way to tackle cosmetics or nail polish stains on your carpet. Use it sparingly and gently. A small sponge with a few drops of the fluid on it should help you to remove most cosmetic marks.
After treating the stain wash the area with a warm water and detergent mix. Pat dry.
Like most liquid stains, sponging with cold water is always the first thing you should do for fruit juice stains on carpet.
Then rub the area using a mixture of liquid detergent and warm water. For tougher stains try using vinegar instead. Afterwards soak up any excess liquid with a dry sponge or absorbent paper towel.
Grease or Oil
Get yourself some spot dry cleaning fluid and gently rub onto the stained area.
Leave for a short while, and then wash the area with a warm mix of water and liquid detergent. Pat dry.
Ink stains on carpet can be tough to remove so you’ll need a helping hand from some dry cleaning fluid. Gently sponge the stain using the fluid.
Leave it for a few minutes, then rub the area with a mix of liquid detergent and warm water. Pat dry.
Following an initial blot, use some detergent with warm water for milk spilled on carpet. Follow this with a mix of household ammonia and water. About a tablespoon to a half cup of water should be about right. Pat dry.
The quicker you sponge soft drink spilled on carpet with cold water the better. Then rub the area using a mixture of liquid detergent and warm water. For tougher stains try using vinegar instead. Pat dry.
Use the back of a knife to gently scrape away any excess tomato sauce spilled on the carpet. Then sponge the offending area with cold water. After you have done this rub the area using a mixture of liquid detergent and warm water.
Follow this with a mix of household ammonia and water. About a tablespoon to a half cup of water should be about right. Pat dry.