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Eating in front of the television in the living room is one of the common practices for families in the evenings or during the weekends. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your family, as well as being entertained by watching TV shows. Unfortunately accidents do happen and food spills can really be a pain for any carpet owner.

Food stains can really do a number on your carpet and can end up being difficult to get out if you do not know what you are doing. If you go about it the wrong way you can actually end up making the stain worse. Food spills can also become breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi on your carpet if not properly cleaned, leaving you and your family at risk of sickness or worse. If you have ugly food stains on your carpet you don’t need to pull your hair out worrying about how to clean it. Here are some steps to help you clean up any food stains that can sully your beautiful carpet.

· The first thing that you need to do is immediately clean up the spilled food or drink. Letting it set and dry will only make it harder for you to remove. Use a towel or paper towel to pick up as much of the food particles, or absorb as much of the liquid as you can. If you have a wet/dry vac, use it to extract as much of the material as possible. The idea is to get all the particles cleaned away, leaving you with only the actual stain. This will make it easier for you to clean the affected area and will prevent the spreading of the stain to other areas of the carpet.

· Once you have cleared the stained area of all food or drink, you will want to get a cleaning solution to help you clean up the stain. You can choose from a number of commercial carpet cleaning agents or you may choose to make your own out of household products. An ammonia and water solution can be made by mixing a teaspoon of ammonia with a cup of warm water. Apply your solution to the area and then blot with a clean towel. Don’t rub at the area and only apply a little of the solution at a time. You can always add more and repeat the process but you can’t take back what you’ve used.

· Once you get rid of the stain, make sure to thoroughly rinse the area with water to remove the excess cleaning agent or ammonia and then let it dry. Place some clean dry towels over the spot or use a wet/dry vac to expedite the drying process.

Food spills need not become a dreadful experience for carpet owners anymore. With these steps you will surely be able to remove any food stains that can sully your carpet.