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Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials. Then remove as much of the stain as possible by blotting with a white towel or paper towel.
For these stains, use a citrus solvent or isopropyl rubbing alcohol applied directly to a white cloth, paper towel, or cotton ball. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to the next step.
Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of clear liquid dishwashing detergent with (1) cup of water. Examples of safe detergents are Dawn® and Joy®.
Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet. Wipe gently, turning the cloth frequently. Never aggressively rub, scrub, or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
If spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Wet the stained carpet fibers with clean lukewarm water to rinse. Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot. Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until all traces of the detergent has been removed.
If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy color-fast object. Change towels periodically until carpet dries.
If stain remains, proceed to Step 3.
STEP 3 (Do not use on coffee, tea or urine stains)
Mix (2) tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with (1) cup of lukewarm water. Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 2.
Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to Step 4 to neutralize the ammonia solution.
Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cups of water. Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 2.
Note: If there is still some stain on the carpet after following the previous procedures, then moisten the fibers in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for one (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.