To remove sediment and dirt, create a mixture of soap and water. Any detergent with bleach in it risks creating damage to the carpet color. Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap with water in a bowl or other container, and then put a clean cloth into the mixture. Dab the area with the water stain. Take the cloth covered with soap and water and gently rub it on the stain. Don’t rub at it too hard or the carpet’s fibers could start to look worn. Start at the edges and work your way inward.
You may find that the soap-and-water removes the water stain altogether as well. The water-and-soap method may remove the stain completely if it’s a small one. If that doesn’t work, you will need to move on to other ingredients. Determine the source of the leak. It’s one thing if you spilled a glass of water on the carpet. Then, you know exactly where the leak came from.
It’s another thing if it came from an external source, like a leaking pipe. Carpet that gets repeatedly wet can mildew and smell. Identify the source of the stain, and take steps to make sure it doesn’t reoccur. If it’s a plumbing issue, you’ll want to take care of it so the carpet doesn’t suffer further damage. You may need to call a professional to help you fix the problem if, for example, your basement is overflowing. You might have roots in your pipes, for example. After using dish soap and water to remove dirt or sediment, if the water stain remains, you can try using vinegar and water as the mixture instead.
Make sure that you use white vinegar. Add equal parts vinegar and water into a bowl. You don’t need much vinegar. Take a clean cloth, dab it into the mixture, and then apply the solution on the water stained area of the carpet. You could also use a hand-held sprayer to apply the mixture to the carpet. Again, you should press lightly onto the carpet. It’s the pH in the vinegar that helps remove the water stain from carpet.
You won’t see the full effects of your efforts until the carpet is fully dry. You’ll want to back off, and let it do so naturally. As the carpet dries, you should see the water stain gradually disappear. You may want to repeat the process if it’s vanished somewhat but not completely. You shouldn’t apply heat to the carpet. Just make sure no one walks on it in that area until it dries naturally.
If the stain is a tough one or more deeply ingrained, you may need to leave the vinegar and water mixture on the stain for a few minutes before rubbing it away. After you’re done with using the water-and-vinegar mixture, try using a steam iron to remove the stain faster. Put a towel over the carpet on top of the water stain. Don’t apply the iron directly to the carpet or you could burn the carpet. Now, put the steam iron on low on the steaming function. This will direct hot steam toward the stain.
Put the iron on the towel for a few minutes, and press gently onto the towel. Professionals have devices to suck up water from carpet. They can also steam clean carpet to get out stubborn stains. You may end up having to replace the carpet if the water damage is too severe or the carpet may give off a musty smell. If you have carpet from natural fibers it might be a good idea to call a professional cleaning service because such carpets can be difficult to clean on your own. At most home improvement stores, and even some grocery stores, you can rent steam cleaners. You could also purchase a steam cleaner at most home improvement stores. These are basically vacuum cleaners that apply a cleaning and water mixture to the carpet to clean it. In addition to water stains, steam cleaners do a good job of lifting up other stubborn stains and can make your carpet almost look new. 30-50, depending on where you are located, and most stores that rent steam cleaners also have cleaning solution you can buy as well. These are special vacuums designed to suck up water. Try ammonia and hot water. Fill an empty spray bottle with 1 part ammonia and 1 part hot water.