One fine day, you find a remarkable stain on your carpet. You look closer, touch it, even smell it. You cannot identify what exactly the substance is. You interrogate every member of the household, but no one owns up to it.
As the primary person tasked with cleaning the carpet in the house, there would be minimum fuss if only you knew the cause of that perplexing eyesore on your carpet. Years of research and experience have armed you with knowledge of the many different ways of dealing with a variety of carpet cleaning issues. But, when there is an unidentified stain in your carpet, what do you do?
Stain Removal Process
According to the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), the key is to act immediately upon discovery. Is the stain still wet or moist? If so, good. This will give you the chance to blot any excess liquid, or scrape up any solids. Use absorbent towels, cloths, or sponges. Next, you will need a cleaning solution. Apply it to the stain then rinse off with clean, lukewarm water. Get more towels or a clean cloth to blot the area dry. If the stain is still visible, treat it either with detergent or a detergent/vinegar solution. Once again, blot the area dry.
The last step would be the final rinse procedure, which is recommended for all stain removal processes. You will need to combine one part white vinegar and four parts water in a spray bottle. Shake well to form a solution.
You will also require clean white towels or cloths. Test the solution first on a small, unseen area of the carpet. If all is well, then spray the solution over the stained area. Start around the edges working towards the center. Then, remove excess moisture by dabbing the dampened area with your towels or cloth.
Next, get more kitchen towels or another cloth and spread over the area. Stack the towels 6 to 8 inches deep. Secure the towels by placing a heavy object (i.e. a thick book) on top. Leave the arrangement overnight.
Repeat this process if necessary. When cleaning the carpet, just dab or blot. Do not scrub or rub as this will not only cause wear and tear on the carpet; it will also push the stain further into the carpet. Also, never, ever over-wet!
Take note however that the procedures mentioned above may not be effective 100% of the time.
If further treatment is needed, contact a professional carpet cleaner.