3. I sprayed a little bit of the cleaner directly onto the stain and agitated it with a brush in a back and forth motion (not in circles). Then, I blotted the area dry with a clean towel to lift the stain out. One of the biggest mistakes people make when cleaning their carpet is they use too much cleaner and saturate the carpet. The cleaner eventually soaks through into the padding and starts to stink. So go easy.