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Cleaning stubborn stains from your carpet.


With today’s stain-resistant carpet, treating spots and stains has never been easier.  The key is to act quickly! The longer you wait, the higher the probability that a spill will become a permanent stain. No carpet is completely stainproof. So to knock out spots, give them a one-two punch.



  • Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels (no prints or colors). Use of a printed or colored material may transfer ink or dye to your damp carpet.
  • Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading.  Continue step one until the area is barely damp. Semisolids, like food spills, may need to be scooped up with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up. Warning: do not scrub or use a brush. Scrubbing and brushes can damage the carpet.  Fraying and texture change is the likely result.


  • Use a CRI carpet cleaning product.  Though these have been laboratory tested, you should still pretest any cleaner on a scrap of carpet or in a hidden area of your carpet.
  • Follow the product’s directions carefully.  Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work in gently, from the edges to the center.  Blot; don’t scrub.  Never use a brush.  You may need to do this several times to remove the spot.

When cleaning stains and spills, don’t become overzealous. Mix the cleaning solutions according to the directions. In truth, more is not better. Don’t use too much water; try to keep the carpet as dry as possible. And always remember to pretest the product on an inconspicuous spot of carpet.

What if you don’t have a CRI-approved carpet cleaner handy?  Try one of these homemade remedies:

  • Use plain water. Surprisingly, water often works better than untested carpet cleaners do.
  • Use a detergent solution.  Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water.  Never use laundry detergent; it may contain bleach or simply be too harsh.
  • Use a white vinegar solution.  Mix one cup white (not red wine or cider) vinegar with 1 cup of water.  White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes effective on tannins (weak vegetable dyes found in tea and coffee), and it leaves no residue.  However, be careful because acids can set some other dye stains.


  • When we moved into our new home, Harris Carpet was on our speed dial. They have worked on every floor in the house. Every job was done and inspected by Latrell. He has a very sharp eye and he will not sign off on a job until it is up to his high standards. We get a lot of compliments on our floors and we have referred many of our friends to Harris and all of them have thanked us for it. 
    Shawn Salyers - Timber Grove Manor
  • When I made the call to Harris Carpet about the problem they arrived the same day and started the extraction process.  They moved the furniture from the wet areas to dry parts of the house and removed the wet carpet. They also did a fine job of removing the drywall, the wet insulation and the boards so the area could be dried out with their equipment. The complete job was to my satisfaction and my insurance company. I would highly recommend Harris Carpet for water extraction from a home and would not hesitate to call them again for their services.
    Torris L. Dickerson
  • We had a water leak at our house that was hidden under the furniture for quite sometime. The water had settled under our floors and warped about 5ft of flooring. Latrell came out with dehumidiers and began the process of drying the floors. They removed the furniture, took up the bad flooring and resanded and finished the floors.  My floors now look better than they did when they were new. Now I know why my customers raved about Latrell!
    Jeanne Gregory
  • Latrell is always very helpful and makes wonderful suggestions based on his experience and expertise. Latrell has gone above and beyond for us and we really appreciate him for it. He has a small business but they are the Gallery Furniture of floors!! I would not hestate to not only recommend but keep recommending Harris Carpet like I have been to anybody that needs anything done to their floors.
    L. Johnson & R. Chirsty

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