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No matter how many safeguards are in place, liquid and movement will usually result in a spill (and it's usually with a white carpet and cranberry juice!). To keep liquid stains from setting into upholstery, the trick is to take a car vacuum with a wet/dry capacity and get as much of the liquid out as fast as possible before applying a carpet cleaner. You want to make sure there is as little liquid left on the upholstery because this will help keep the stain from setting and further breaking down upholstery fibers.