Carpet Stain Removal: What Not to Do

Spills on carpet happen. Here's what to do when treating a carpet stain and what not to do. These tricks will help you be successful with even the toughest of carpet stains.

Don't wait. Scoop up solids and use a clean white cloth to absorb liquids. Don't scrub. Gently blot carpet with a stain remover to avoid pushing the stain deeper into the fibers. Apply the right stain remover to the stained area, and then use a white cloth to absorb moisture. Continue using clean cloths until the stain no longer shows on the blotting cloth. Don't over-wet. Apply water in liquid cleaners in moderate amounts. Excess moisture will damage carpet backing. Don't forget to rinse. After using any type of solvent, remover, or detergent, rinse the cleaned area with water to remove residue. Sticky residues will attract dirt, which will re-stain your carpet. Don't air dry. Letting the carpet air dry may result in noticeable rings. So, cover the area with absorbent white cloths, then place a non-staining heavy object on top of the cloths and let it dry overnight. Remove the towels, and then vacuum or hand brush the clean area to plump up the carpet's pile. And those are the do's and don'ts of carpet stains.