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Cleaning a carpet is simple if you act quickly to remove stains. If you wait, you're giving the stain a chance to further embed itself into the fibers. When cleaning carpet stains, never rub at the spot. Not only will this cause the carpet fibers to weaken, and perhaps create a worn area, but it will also cause the stain to spread and penetrate deeper. If your stain disappears and comes back again, your carpet is a victim of "wicking." (Wicking is when liquid that has pooled around the bottom of a carpet works it's way back up the fibers to the top.) To prevent this, cover the stain with a thick towel and weigh down with a heavy object such as a book or a brick.
Didn't know about "wicking"
I found that Spot Shot works really really well at removing tough stains on carpet - ones I never thought would come out. You can get this anywhere.
I found that Resolve Spot Magic does a wonderful job cleanig up pancake batter off of carpet. I did not think it would come out since I did not have anything and we were snowed in for a couple of days and was unable to get it up. I used the Resolve Spot Magic then took the small sweeper atachment with the brush on one side and scraper on the other, I used the scraper and wow it did wonderfully. After it dried up I ran the vaccuum and you can not even tell that anything was ever spilled on it. You can get this Resolve Spot Magic anywhere. I got mine from Wal-Mart.
I use rubbing alchohol on rug spots, works well for general soiled spots. Moisten the corner of an old towel and rub until the spot is gone.