Carpeted Floor Care and Removing Food and Oil-based Stains
To keep your carpeting as clean as possible, use door mats or scatter rugs at entrances and in front of sinks to trap dirt before it reaches the carpet. Vacuum carpets regularly. Concentrate on heavily traveled areas and other areas that collect dirt including the area around the dining table. Before you use a cleaning product on new carpeting, check the manufacturer’s guide for restrictions. Most new carpeting today has a stain-resistant surface and often special cleaning steps are recommended.
To remove food stains, clean up the spill quickly before it gets into the carpeting. You can make up a cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon of non-bleaching laundry detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 quart of warm water. Blot stained area with clean, light-colored cloth or paper towels. Change towels frequently to avoid restaining. Add more cleaning solution and repeat until towels stop picking up stain.
For oil, grease or ink spills, immediately blot or scrape up as much as possible. Spray or sponge on a dry cleaning solvent or carpet spot remover. Use one or the other. Both products can be purchased at large grocery or variety stores. Many contain solvents that may be dangerous to breathe so use with plenty of ventilation. Blot the stained area with clean, light-colored cloths or paper towels. Turn or change towels frequently to avoid restaining. Add more cleaner, and repeat until towels stop picking up stains. For more information on Home Carpet Cleaning refer to North Central Regional Publication No. NCR462 entitled "Caring For Your Carpet."