The secret to cleaning anything is quick action. You need to be very fast with the cleaning in order to be able to remove the stain right away instead of damaging your carpet to a point where you need to replace it with a new one. So go through the steps I have put together in this article the second you spilled wine, coffee or a tomato sauce.
- Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner
The first thing you would want to do is push the hose of the vacuum cleaner on the stain and leave it there for a couple of seconds. Repeat this step until you remove as much as possible of the thing you spilled.
The key to cleaning a stain is to remove as much of the liquid as possible quickly. Blotting it or rubbing it will make the stain go to the base of your carpet – which makes things even worse. So use a wet/dry vacuum. Convert it to wet mode (remove the paper filter and install a foam cover).
- Grab a cleaning solution
After you vacuum as much as possible you have two options. If you already have a carpet stain removal product at home – use it. If you don’t, mix ¼ teaspoon dish soap to a cup of water. Pour it in a spray bottle and apply a lot of it on the stained area. Let it soak in the fibers for a few minutes.
Grab a white cloth (a colored one can transfer its dyes on the carpet) and start dabbing the stain. Refold it to a clean section and continue dabbing. That way you will soak up more of the stain with a clean cloth. And by blotting I don’t mean to do it aggressively or to scrub. Aggressive blotting will drive the stain to go deeper. Gently blot.
Spray water on the stain. Do not pour it – this will push the cleaning solution and stain deeper into the carpet. Spray it. You need to remove the cleaning solution because leaving it will attract dirt. Once you spray water – vacuum it. Do this a couple of times.
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