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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - REMOVING CARPET STAINS

1. Avoid rubbing the stain. If you attack the stain too vigorously you can undo the carpet pile giving it a matted appearance. Blot from outside in (keeps the stain from spreading) with an absorbent cloth. Old cotton towels work great. Keep several on hand.

2. Don’t go crazy with the cleanser. Dilute carpet cleaner or use a drop of dishwashing liquid in a cup of warm water. Spray on a clean towel, not directly on the carpet. Dab the stain turning the cloth as it absorbs the stain. Use multiple cloths and cleaner as needed.

3. Rinse sparingly. If you saturate the stain with cleanser or water it will wet the padding and send the stain down into the carpet backing making it almost impossible to get out. You will also be leaving cleanser residue which attracts dirt like a magnet. Instead, dip a clean cloth in clear water and continue blotting until all traces of the cleanser is removed. Change cloths and water as needed.

4. Even if the stain looks gone, residue that’s deep down may travel up the fibers as they dry. Cover with several layers of clean white paper towel (no fancy designer pattern which can stain). Place a heavy flowerpot or vase on top. This should soak up any residue remaining.

5. In the morning remove the pot and towels. Fluff the fibers and let the carpet dry completely. Still see the stain? Repeat 2-4. Vacuum the area when thoroughly dry.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:36 PM by Dean's Team

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