Most people have trouble getting out set-in stains or old stains out of a carpet. Some just might not come out. As professional carpet cleaners, we have developed many methods of getting out tough set in spots and stains. Here are some tips that can help you.
First, some education on spots and stains. Spots are temporary in that they have not bonded to the carpet fiber. If they do, it becomes a…stain. That is the difference.
Old spots are easier to get out than old set-in stains.
If you are not sure what caused the spot or stain start with the easiest method first. Get a spray bottle and heavily mist the area down with warm water. Next, get a clean soft terry cloth towel or an absorbent shammy and place over the spot or stain. Blot the area as much as possible to remove the substance out of the carpet. Finally, re-spray the area with warm water and place a new towel or absorbent shammy over the area and then place some heavy books or other weight over the area. This will “wick” the rest of the spot or stain into the towel.
Didn’t work? Then try…
Do the same thing as above except the first time spray the spot or stain with a good carpet carpet spot/stain remover instead of just water. Next, agitate the area with a soft brush. This will help to break any bond the substance will have to the carpet. Then, repeat as mentioned above. Placing the shammy over the area to blot the excess. Next, re-spray the area with warm water only, then place a new shammy over the area along with some weight to “wick” the rest of the spot or stain into the towel or shammy.
Didn’t work? Then try…
If neither of these methods worked, it might be a dye issue, meaning the stain has bonded very tightly to the carpet. In that case, you might need some heat and steam to break the bond. For this procedure, check out my post on Getting Kool-aid out of carpet
Still didn’t work? If it turns out to be a pet stain, you might not have many more options. Or, perhaps it is just to set-in to break the bond. In that case, as a homeowner, there might not be much else you can do. Hopefully, one of these methods helped at least to some degree. Nothing is fool-proof, but at least you know you gave it a try. This may be as good as it gets.