If fabric is removable and washable, sponge the stain with cold water or soak the fabric in a bowl of cold water for approximately 30 minutes. Treat with pre-wash stain remover before machine washing according to the fabric type.
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For fixed furnishing fabric, blot the stain as much as possible. Mix a small squirt of washing-up liquid with cool water so it’s not too soapy and sponge the stain with a clean, white cloth. Blot up all the liquid and repeat the cleaning process until the stain has disappeared. Sponge with cold water to remove any soap and blot dry.
Act particularly fast on red wine stains! Blot the stain continuously with dry, white paper kitchen towel until you can’t see any colour on the paper. Remove a shoe and press lightly with your foot on the kitchen towel to help blot. Don’t rub, as this will set the stain further into the carpet fibres. Add a little water and continue to blot. This technique can be employed for any type of liquid carpet stains.
For food stains, gently lift off thick spills and chunky pieces with a blunt knife before attempting to blot. Use diluted washing-up liquid (as directed in the ‘Upholstery’ section above) or spray with a good carpet stain remover, following the manufacturer’s directions. Repeat if necessary. Vacuum when the area has dried.