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Why does a spot on your carpet always happen in the middle of the room?
To help you be prepared, here are general tips to help remove smaller spots and stains from household carpeting. Stains that cover large areas should be removed by professional carpet cleaners.
Always check, if possible, for information that came with your carpeting for material content and cleaning information.
Wool, silk, jute or leather carpets and area rugs need specific products and professional cleaning. They should not be cleaned or rinsed with water.
Keep these two spot and stain removing products on hand, just in case.
An all-purpose cleaner such as Folex Carpet Spot Remover, Hoover, Bissell or Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover, available at many grocery stores or cleaning sections of hardware stores. Use as directed.
An enzyme-containing carpet cleaning powder or spray. These work best on biological stains like blood, egg, milk or pet stains. They usually need to be left wet or damp on the stain for a few minutes, then vacuumed and rinsed. Use as directed and always rinse with water afterwards. These are sold in grocery or hardware stores and in pet stores or veterinary offices.
Do not add any liquid to stains from spices or flowers, especially from pollen. These can become liquid dyes. Vacuum many times to remove.
Bleached marks are not stains. The colour there has been stripped out and cannot be cleaned away. Rinse with water and blot to prevent further damage. Some carpet cleaning companies can re-dye a bleached carpet spot.
Red Wine Stains
Follow directions in Starting with Wet Stains or Starting with Dry Stains. Use an all-purpose carpet stain remover. Rinse and dry.
Sap or Tar Stains
Use an adhesive remover such as Goo Gone and cotton balls. Apply adhesive remover to cotton balls and use to pinch-and-pull the sap from the tops of carpet fibres. Adhesive remover can dissolve the glues holding the carpet together or the carpet underlay, so test first, work carefully, and rinse very well.
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