How do you deal with carpet spots and stains? The effectivity of your method might depend, to a large extent, on the cause of the spot or stain, and the carpet type you have. There are, however, some general rules that are widely accepted when it comes to spots and stains on your carpet.
Start with a spot cleaning where you remove the more solid portions of staining causes
You may be dealing with spilled spaghetti, pet leavings, pet vomit, gum, or other similar messes that do contain solid portions. Before attempting to remove the stain, remove the solid portions first. This may entail simply lifting the mess off of the carpet using a kitchen towel. Keep doing this until all you are left with is the stain.
Blot the stain
Once you have cleaned up the bulk of the mess on your carpet, begin to address the stain itself. A general rule of thumb here is never to scrub or rub against the carpet in an attempt to remove the stain. The reason is that you might end up working the stain even deeper into the carpet. You want the stain to move up to the surface, not deeper into the carpet fibers.
Blot, but never scrub. This is a good rule of thumb when dealing with a carpet stain. It is always a good idea to deal with a stain as soon as possible before the stain has had a chance to set. Using a clean white rag or clean kitchen towels, place this on top of the stain, press the towel or rag onto the carpet. The aim here is to encourage the stain to transfer onto the absorbent kitchen towel or rag, whereby you can simply lift the stain off of the carpet.
If the stain has begun to dry, use a spray bottle to moisten the area a bit, and then you can continue with the blotting and lifting of the stain. If you managed to act in a timely fashion, or soon after the spill occurred, you might surprise yourself at how effectively this method can work. The chances are good that you will be able to lift the stain off completely so that you would never have known that there was a stain there in the first place.
For stains that have been on your carpet for a longer time, you might wish to encourage the lifting off of the stain by using a more effective cleaning solution rather than simply water. A solution of vinegar, dish soap and water are utilized to good effect by many residential owners. Just don’t forget to test out this solution on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet first, to determine that the solution will not have any adverse effect on the carpet’s colors, design, texture, or quality.