With carpet in over 95% of Tampa FL homes stains are going to happen. No matter how careful you try to be you're going to drop something on the carpet sooner or later. The thing to remember is that most carpet stains can be removed with some quick action. Taking care of carpet stains as they happen gives you the best chance to remove them.
The first thing that you should do when something is dropped on the carpet is to clean it with a dry towel. You can use a terry cloth towel or layers of paper towel to remove the excess material in the carpet. It's important not to rub the carpet when cleaning up the mess. You could damage the carpet fibers by rubbing to aggressively. Just gently blot the spot using a clean part of the towel until it is mostly soaked up.
Some carpet stains might need more than just blotting up. I recommend using some water to bring the stain to the surface before blotting. You can also use a few drops of dish washing soap in the water. Not too much soap though or it could attract more dirt after drying.
Carpet stain removal is done by getting the discoloration out of the carpet fibers and returning it to its normal color. Some carpet stains are more difficult to deal with. Carpet stains involving biological contamination are not only unsightly they are also a breeding ground for bacteria. When dealing with blood, urine, or feces in the carpet it's important to sanitize the area so there are no invisible health risks left behind.
For larger stains you might have a to call a carpet stain removal specialist, like Chem-Dry of Tampa FL.