How to Remove Unidentifiable Black Stains From Carpet

Written by sarah coennen
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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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy duty detergent (soap free)
  • Stain remover spray
  • Colour safe bleach
  • Scrub brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray the stain with cold water. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then blot the area with paper towels.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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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