By: Gene Rhodes
Source of stains that fall under this category:
Alcohol Felt Tip Marker Milk
Baby Formula Food Stains (general) Soil Spots
Beer Fruit Juice Soft Drinks
Blood Fruit Punch Syrup
Candy Furniture Polish Tomato Juice
Catsup Grape Juice Water Colors
Chocolate Milk Graphite Watermelon
Clay Ice Cream Whiskey
Cola Jelly Wine
Cologne Latex Paint Vomit
Cranberry Juice Liquor
Use a spoon or dull knife to carefully remove solid materials. For liquid spills, blot up excess liquids with a clean white towel or paper towel.
For large stains, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading to unaffected areas of the carpet.
Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent (like Dawn) with 1 cup (8 ounces) of water. Stir gently.
Apply detergent solution you just mixed directly to a clean white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the dampended area of the cloth. Avoid over saturating the carpet.
Blot gently. Turn cloth frequently to clean areas. NEVER rub, scrub or use a brush as this may damage the carpet fibers and make the stain harder to remove.
If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, luke warm water to rinse.
Cover the stained area with an absorbent clean white cloth or paper towel and apply pressure.
Repeat rinsing and blotting until all traces of the detergent have been removed.
If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area just cleaned, and weigh towel(s) down with a heavy, color-fast object.
Change towels or paper towels as necessary until the carpet dries.
- If stain remains, proceed to Step 2.
Do NOT use on coffee, tea or urine stains.
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Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup (8 ounces) of lukewarm water.
Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.
Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to Step 3 to neutralize the ammonia solution.
Mix 1 cup (8 ounces) of white vinegar with 2 cups (16 ounces) of water.
- Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.
Hopefully by following these simple 3 steps you can make your stain become a thing of the past and have your carpet look like it never even had the stain to begin with.
If you are unsuccessful in getting your stain removed you might be at the point of considering calling in a professional carpet cleaner.