Most modern carpet is treated at the factory with various substances that make them very stain resistant. It should be noted though that stain resistant and stain proof are not the same things, there is not, as of yet, such a thing as a stain proof carpet. Spills and accidents happen but whether or not they permanently stain your carpet depends upon how fast, and how, you react when they do occur.
When liquid is accidentally spilled on their carpet it is some people's almost natural reaction to begin scrubbing away at the affected area frantically. This is not the right thing to do. Vigorous scrubbing will spread the stain even further and possibly permanently damage the carpet pile at the same time. Instead the liquid should be blotted up with a clean white cloth or plain paper towels, never the patterned or colored kind.
If you did not react to a spill in time and have been left with a stubborn stain on your carpet commercial stain removers can be very helpful but they should be used with extreme caution. Before using any stain removal agent on your carpet perform a spot test on an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not damage the fibers or cause discoloration. Whatever it might say on the label not all stain removers are suitable for use on certain types of carpet.
To do a spot test like this the right way treat the test area with a few drops of your chosen stain removal agent and gently press a clean white cloth over it for about ten to twenty seconds. carefully examine both the cloth and you carpet for color transfer or other damage. If the test are is fine you can then proceed.
To remove the stain use the smallest amount of solution possible and once again, blot don't scrub. Once the stain looks like it is gone, rinse the affected area with cold clean water and blot it as dry as possible with another nice clean cloth.
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