How to Spot Clean Carpets

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Steam cleaning is a great way to clean your carpet. But for in between cleanings you might have a need to spot clean your carpet. Spot cleaning is easy and if you keep up with spots as they occur, you can keep your carpets clean. Know your carpet and what kinds of cleaners can be used on it. Check over any literature you received with your carpet to see what they recommend for carpet cleaning. If you no longer have the information, check online or call the manufacturer's customer service number.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Seltzer water
  • Rug cleaner or carpet-safe stain remover
  • Determine the type of stain before trying to remove it. For instance, pet stains need to be treated differently than spilled juice or wine. Treat the stain immediately. As soon as you see a stain, work on removing it. The quicker you act the better your results will be.

  • Blot at the stain with a color fast cloth, something that won't transfer the color to your carpet, and some cold water or seltzer. Once you have removed any excess liquid and the majority of the surface stain you can move on to removing the remaining portion of the stain

  • Spray with a rug cleaner or a carpet-safe stain remover, available at any hardware store or department store, and let it sit for the recommended amount of time. When the time is up use a wet cloth and gently rub out the stain. Be careful not to rub too hard or you will spread the stain or rub it further into the carpet. It's best to lightly dab at the stain rather than scrub.

  • Wait until the area has thoroughly dried after your first treatment. Look to see if there is any trace of the stain. If so, repeat the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always test stain remover in a hidden area first to make sure it doesn't harm your carpet.

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