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Stain Removal Guide - Home Remedies

Before you get started with any home remedy, please read these tips:

  • Before treating a carpet stain, always test for colorfastness on a hidden area of the carpet. To determine the colorfastness of any carpet -especially with reds or blues - take a clean, moist towel and gently rub a small area in an inconspicuous area. If color comes off on the towel, you should discontinue use.
  • Gently scrape up solids with a spoon. Anything with a sharp edge (like a knife) may damage the carpet. Then vacuum remaining debris.
  • Blot up excess liquids with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  • Never rub stains, as this may worsen the stain. With all home remedies, use a gentle patting motion from the outer edges to the center of the stain.

Q: It looks like there are dark spots on my carpet. It looked clean, and I left it to dry. Why does it look like the stain came back?

A: This sometimes happens when the stain has not been completely removed. Basically, dirt gets attracted back to the area. In some cases, the dirt that caused the stain has been absorbed into the carpet and is “wicking up” through the carpet pile. This is more obvious in higher traffic areas. When this happens, we recommend that a clean cloth be used to absorb as much excess moisture as possible, and then follow the home remedy that best applies to your stain. For best results, use the Activating Pretreated Carpet Stain & Odor Remover with Shark®.

Q: What is the best technique to use when trying to remove a carpet stain?

A: With a clean cloth or paper towel, gently pat the stain from the edges and work your way to the center. Once at the center of the stain, gently tug upwards as if pinching the stain away. If the stained is rubbed outward, the stain is basically spread out creating a bigger stain.

Q: I’ve tried to clean the stain, but it looks larger now. Why is that?

A: When attempting to clean a carpet stain, it is important to gently pat the stain from the edges and work your way to the center. Once at the center of the stain, gently tug upwards as if pinching the stain away. If the stained is rubbed outward, the stain is basically spread out. In some cases, the stain is increased in size because too much liquid has been used in an attempt to clean it. To resolve this, we recommend that the area be rinsed with a vinegar/water (50/50) solution. Then follow the home remedy that best applies to your stain. For best results, use the Activating Pretreated Carpet Stain & Odor Remover with Shark®.

Q: How long should it take for the carpet to dry thoroughly?

A: It depends on the type of carpet, weather conditions, and how much moisture the carpet was exposed to.

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