Home Remedy: Cosmetic, Medicine, Food, and Household Stains (use one full tsp liquid dishwashing detergent for these stain types)

Before cleaning: test for colorfastness on hidden area. If carpet color is affected do not use this product. On upholstery, look for a manufacturer's cleanability code tag. Use on fabrics coded “WS” or “W”. If coded “X” or “S”, do not use. Do not use on velvet, silk, vinyl or leather upholstery.

Blot the area with a clean dry towel, then apply small amounts of cold water. Blot and repeat several times.

Mix 1 teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent into 1 cup of lukewarm water and put into a spray bottle. Spray the area with the solution. (NOTE: Do not use laundry detergent or automatic dishwasher detergent because both contain chemicals that could permanently damage your carpet.)

Gently work the solution into area using a small brush, sponge, or cloth using light strokes from the edges of the stain to the center. When you reach the center of the stain, lightly pinch in an upward motion. Do not rub the stain.

Rinse the spray bottle thoroughly to remove any of the dishwashing detergent solution and then fill spray bottle with lukewarm water. Use the spray bottle filled with just water to spray the area lightly with water. Blot with a clean, dry cloth using light strokes that travel from the edges to the center. Repeat this rinsing and blotting procedure. NOTE: it is very important to rinse the detergent solution from the area. Any residue that remains may cause rapid soiling of the area, i.e. the area could become a "dirt magnet".

Allow area to dry thoroughly.

If the stain still persists, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits to a clean cloth. Blot the stain using the same light edge to center strokes described above. Repeat as needed and then thoroughly rinse and blot the area. Allow to dry.