Unidentifiable stains can cause serious problems; because you don't know exactly what caused them, it's hard to determine how to treat them. Fortunately carpet can be pretty resilient and can take a lot of different cleaning agents. It's always a good idea, however, to perform spot tests to ensure that there are no ill effects to the carpet itself. This type of stain removal can require a lot of trial and error, so if one method doesn't work, simply move on to the next.
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Things you need
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels
- Heavy duty detergent (soap free)
- Stain remover spray
- Colour safe bleach
- Scrub brush
Spray the stain with cold water. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then blot the area with paper towels.
Pour a small amount of heavy duty detergent onto the stain, rub it in gently with your fingertips and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub the stain with a scrub brush, then spray the area with warm water and scrub it again. Blot up all the liquid with paper towels.
Spray the stain with standard stain remover spray. Allow the spray to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub the area with a scrub brush. Rinse the area with warm water and blot up the liquid with paper towels.
Dilute one part colour safe bleach in three parts water, pour the solution onto the stain and scrub the area with a scrub brush. Spray the area with warm water and blot up the liquid with paper towels.
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