If you have carpets, you’re bound to have carpet stains, either now or in the future. Although most of us don’t keep professional grade carpet cleaning solvents or equipment at home, there are a number of basic steps you can take to combat sudden stains, by utilizing common household products that are readily available. Remember, the quicker you act on a stain, the better chance you’ll have of removing it. Always dab or blot the stain towards its center with a clean cloth, but don’t rub or scrub. If a cleansing agent is necessary, start with something basic, such as soda water, or a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. You could also try making a paste with baking soda and water, or salt and vinegar, and then working it gently into the stain with an old toothbrush. Allow it to dry before vacuuming. If you need to escalate your efforts, consider a gentle soap solution, such as shaving cream, dish detergent or hydrogen peroxide. Always pre-test any solution on an inconspicuous area first.