I spilled rice pilaf on my carpet and I don't know how to clean the stains it left. I picked up most of it, but as you can see, remnants of it still persist. It has now been sitting for about a day. Is there a DIY way to totally remove it?

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    What was in the pilaf? That would help suggest the type of cleaner to use, though for a food stain I would probably start with an oxygen based cleaner.
    – Zaralynda
    Dec 19, 2013 at 21:38
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    You probably need the Rice Pilaf Forum or the Stain Mogul Database.
    – bib
    Dec 20, 2013 at 0:16

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The method of cleaning will depend on what your carpet is made of. Synthetic carpet (nylon) - and wool or wool blend carpet generally require different chemicals. Wool responds well to slightly acidic condition based cleaners - a home made one being - approx 300mls (1 and a bit cups) of warm water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 drop of dish washing detergent. mix well and dab on stain. Treating stain whilst still damp gives better chance of removal than when stain has dried out. Apply on a small patch of inconspicuos area first. Dab dry with a towel.I worked as a wool technologist for 20 years and this was the most useful general method we used.

  • Do you have any suggestions for nylon?
    – TomG
    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:55

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