Carpet Stain Removal

Helpful tips on how to remove stains from your carpet.

Proper Carpet Stain Removal

Stain Removal Steps

When it comes to carpet stain removal, there are a few steps to keep in mind. When liquid spills occur, press straight down with clean, dry, white (without printing) cloths or paper towels to absorb excess liquid. Next, apply enough cleaning solution to dampen a clean cloth or paper towel and apply it to the spot. There is no need to saturate the area, as this can damage carpet fibers and backing. Repeat as many times as needed until the stain is gone or does not transfer to the cloth when applied. Remember not to rub solution into the carpet. Cover the area with a half-inch thick pad of paper towels with a weight on top. This can be left overnight if needed. You can remove more solid spills simply by scraping them from the outside towards the center with the blunt edge of a spoon, then vacuuming the area.

Cleaning Solutions

Certain solutions are best suited to specific types of stains. Keep a few remedies on hand to treat most spots and spills. Remember to do a spot test on an inconspicuous area first to make sure it won't cause damage. For best results, use the recommended amounts. While some carpet stain removal agents need to be purchased, others can be made at home.

For many spills, you can combine one cup of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid. It is important not to use automatic dishwashing detergent or any mixture that contains bleach, lanolin, or dyes, as these can alter the color of your carpet. Likewise, you should not use laundry detergent. You can leave the solution on the spot for eight to ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. If you use a dry-cleaning solution, make sure it's non-flammable and never apply it directly to the carpet. Use a damp cloth instead. If you are using nail polish remover, make sure it contains acetone, a dry-cleaning solvent, and not amyl acetate, which will leave residue. Rinse with a dry solvent, such as rubbing alcohol. Powdered carpet cleaners are also available. Always consult your warranty for further cleaning guidelines.