How to Remove Set-in Water-Soluble Stains from a Carpet

Dirt, spills and wear are just a few of the things that make a carpet to look faded and old. A stain becomes more and more difficult to remove with the time it stays in the carpet. Once the stain sets in, you may need several tries before the stain is completely removed.
Water-Soluble Stains

  1. Press a towel or paper towels over the stained area to absorb any stain-causing liquid.
  2. Fill a spray bottle with 32 ounces of warm water, and add ¼ teaspoon of laundry detergent that doesn’t contain bleach. You can use vinegar instead of laundry detergent, but its amount has to be equal to the water’s amount in order for the solution to be effective.
  3. Spray the solution over the affected area and wait for 5 minutes to loosen the stains.
  4. Blot the stain with a cloth while spraying more cleaning solution over the area. Blot, working from outside of the stain inwards. For large set-in stains, brush the carpet carefully with a carpet cleaning brush.
  5. Dip a cloth into a cool water and blot at the area to rinse out all soap or vinegar residue.
  6. Press down a dry towel to remove the moisture from the carpet.

Stubborn Water-Soluble Stains

  1. Absorb any remaining liquid with paper towels or a cloth.
  2. Make a solution by mixing 1 cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of ammonia in a bowl.
  3. Pour some of the mixture onto a soft cloth and start dabbing at the stained area. Continue dabbing while adding more cleaning solution as needed until the stain vanishes.
  4. Use a cloth dampened with clean water to remove remaining ammonia, then blot dry with a towel.

While most stains can easily be removed by you, there are some stains that dye the carpet fibers and may require professional cleaning services.


September 20, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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