Case of the Mystery Stain
According to the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), the key is to act immediately upon discovery. Is the stain still wet or moist? If so, good. This will give you the chance to blot any excess liquid, or scrap up any solids. Use absorbent towels, cloths or sponges. Next, you will need a cleaning solution. Apply it to the stain, rinse off with clean, lukewarm water. Get more towels or a clean cloth to blot the area dry. If the stain is still visible, treat it either with detergent or a detergent/vinegar solution. Once again, blot the area dry.
The last step would be the final rinse procedure—recommended for all stain removal processes. You will need to prepare one part white vinegar and four parts water in a spray bottle. Shake well to form a solution.
You will also require clean white towels or cloths. Test the solution first on a small, unseen area of the carpet. If all is well, then spray the solution over the stained area. Start around the edges working toward the center. Then, remove excess moisture by dabbing the dampened area with your towels or cloth.
Next get more kitchen towels or another cloth and spread over the area. Stack the towels 6 to 8 inches deep. Secure the towels by placing a heavy object (i.e. a thick book) on top. Leave the arrangement overnight. Repeat this process if necessary. When cleaning the carpet, just dab or blot. Do not scrub or rub as this will not only cause wear and tear on the carpet, it will also push the stain further into the carpet. Also, never, ever over-wet!
Take note however that the procedures mentioned also may not be effective 100% of the time.
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