carpet stain removal guide

Butter, wine and gum, oh my. What to do when accidents happen.

Tips & Techniques for Tricky Stains

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Removing Charcoal Stains from Carpet

  1. Vacuum thoroughly to remove as much of the dry particles as possible. Use vacuum with beater bar and good suction.
  2. Prepare suggested cleaning solutions below, beginning with the first one listed.
  3. Pretest the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot of carpet to ensure it does not discolor or damage the carpet.
  4. Using only the foam, apply to surface of carpet where stain is.
  5. Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the spill for at least five minutes. Do not rub foam into carpet.
  6. Vacuum area thoroughly using a wet vacuum.
  7. Rinse with cold water.
  8. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until either the stain is removed or the stain no longer transfers to the cloth.
  9. If the stain remains, try the next solution on the list and follow the same protocol above. If the stain persists after trying each solution listed, contact a professional cleaner.
  10. Once the stain is removed, place layers of white paper towel on the site to absorb any moisture. Weight down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight.
  11. When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.

Cleaning Solutions for Charcoal

Sudsy Foam

  • Mix 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent in 1 cup warm water.
  • Using wisk or beater, whip the solution until you have created a sudsy foam.
  • Use only the foam on the carpet.

It may be necessary to increase the amount of detergent to get enough suds to create a foam.