Here is the real secret to removing carpet stains: act fast - as fast as possible.
Most carpeting today come with some sort of stain-resistant treatment, so most spills can be removed with minimal damage if you get them right away. The longer you wait, the more difficult removing that carpet stain will become. At this point there are no stain-proof carpets.
If you are dealing with a liquid spill, blot the liquids, do NOT rub them in! Use a clean white cotton cloth or plain white paper towels. Once you have removed the liquid, rinse the spot with water and blot again until dry. Repeat if necessary to remove more of the stain, but do NOT scrub the area, or you may damage the carpet and set the stain in more permanently.
For semi-solids, such as peanut butter, pudding and such, scrape the substance by lifting it gently out of the carpet using a spoon. Rinse the remaining spill out and blot dry.
Dried solids should be broken up and vacuumed. Repeat until it is all gone, then rinse with water and blot dry. If it is pet feces, use an enzyme based spot remover such as out Pet Odor Eliminator to remover any residual order as well as any harmful bacteria that might remain in the carpet.
Whenever you are not sure how to get out carpet stains, try water first. If you need something more, go to our page on Carpet Stain Removers.
If you believe that the stain is a regular carpet stain (generic dirt), we really like the ChemDry spot remover.
If you have a wool carpet, we STRONGLY suggest using our Wool Clean spot removal kit. This is the best product for wool carpet stains.
When using one of our spot removers, apply it to a dry, clean, white cloth first, then work it in from the outside of the stain to the center, so you don't spread the spot. Apply the spot cleaner, extract (blot), rinse, extract, and repeat until you can't get out more of the stain. Always extract solvents completely, and dry the carpet quickly when you are done unless you are working with an enzyme-based spotter. If you are using an enzyme spot remover, we suggest placing a damp towel over the affected area after you are done blotting so the enzyme can continue to work in the area.
On a normal stain, if there is any stain remaining deeper down in the carpet, quick drying prevents it from wicking back up to the surface of the carpet.
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