Spotting Guide

The key to successful spot removal is getting to it as quick as possible!

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YOUR BASIC SPOT REMOVAL KIT for Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstery

Keep the following items on hand so you will be prepared to handle fresh spills on your carpet: Neutral dish detergent such as Joy® or Dawn® (dilute 20:1); clear household ammonia; white vinegar (dilute 1:1); wet spotter such as Spot Gone®; dry spotter such as Dissolve®; paint thinner; hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) for bleaching; denatured or isopropyl alcohol; a good supply of white terry cloths; and a spotting brush. If you have pets, stock a bacteria/enzyme digester such as Liquid Alive®. A wet/dry vacuum is great to have as well.

 

THE 6 STEPS TO REMOVING SPOTS

  1. Catch it while it’s fresh, when chances of removal are 75% better. Don’t iron or hot-air dry until the stain is gone. Heat will set most stains.
  2. First blot up all the liquid and scrape up all the solids you can. On a large liquid spill you can use a wet/dry vac. Be careful not to spread the stain.
  3. Test any chemical you intend to use in a hidden area to make sure it won’t discolor or damage the surface.
  4. Apply spotter and work from the outside of the stain in, to avoid spreading. Blot, don’t scrub; strike with the flat face of a spotting brush if needed to help break up the stain.
  5. Rinse chemical spotters out with water, blot the area dry and feather the edges. Brush or fluff up pile or nap.
  6. On carpet and upholstery, put a thick pad of toweling over the spot, weight it down with books, and leave it there overnight to “wick up” any remaining moisture.

 

SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPECIFIC SPOTS AND SPILLS (Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstery)

  1. Acid – Apply a solution of baking soda and water until acid has been neutralized. Then apply ammonia solution and rinse with cold water.
  2. Alcohol – Apply detergent solution. Blot. Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Bleach with hydrogen peroxide if necessary. Rinse with cold water. Blot dry.
  3. Blood – Scrape off dried blood and apply cool detergent solution. Blot. Apply cool ammonia solution. Blot. Rinse. Blot dry. If stain remains, apply rust remover or bleach with hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Candle Wax – Scrape off all you can. Ice cubes will make it brittle for easier scraping. A hot iron (on low heat setting) over a damp cloth will melt and absorb remaining wax. Apply dry-cleaning solvent. Blot.
  5. Candy – Scrape off all you can with a dull knife. Sponge with detergent solution. Blot. Rinse. Be sure all traces of sugar are gone. Sugars left in carpet will cause a rapid re-soiling problem.
  6. Chocolate – Scrape off all you can first. Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent. Blot. Sponge with detergent solution. Blot. Rinse. If stain remains, bleach with hydrogen peroxide.
  7. Cigarette Burns – If the burn is slight, rub with dry steel wool – or if you feel confident, trim the damaged tufts. If the burn is bad, take a razor blade and scrape some fibers from a hidden area and use super glue to patch the burn with the fibers.
  8. Coffee – Blot with detergent solution. Rinse. Blot with vinegar. Rinse. Air dry. If stain remains, sponge with dry cleaning solvent. Bleach remaining stain with hydrogen peroxide. Coffee is a very difficult stain, and can in many cases be permanent. Call us.
  9. Crayon – Scrape off all you can. Just as with candle wax, use a hot iron and a damp cloth to melt and absorb the remaining wax. Apply dry cleaning solvent. Blot. Apply detergent solution. Rinse. Blot dry.
  10. Grass – Apply detergent solution. Blot. Rinse. Blot. Apply ammonia solution. Blot. Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Rinse.
  11. Greasy Foods – Apply dry cleaning solvent. Work to center to avoid ring. Blot. Apply light detergent solution. Rinse. Blot dry.
  12.  Gum – Use aerosol gum freeze or ice cube to harden the gum and make it brittle, then strike and break into pieces. Scrape them up with a dull butter knife. Remove residue with dry cleaning solvent.
  13. Ice Cream – Don’t wait. Blot up all you can immediately with a dry cloth. Apply ammonia solution or protein digester. Rinse. If area is large, shampoo afterward.
  14. Ink – Sponge with detergent solution. Rinse. If stain remains, saturate with cheap hair spray and blot. Always work from the outside in to avoid making the spot bigger
  15. Jam/Jelly – Apply detergent solution. Let sit to soften. Blot. Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Rinse. Blot dry.
  16. Lipstick – Scrape off all you can, taking care not to spread the stain. Apply dry cleaning solvent and blot repeatedly until color is gone. Apply detergent solution. Blot. Apply ammonia solution. Blot. Rinse. Blot.
  17. Mildew – Dry-brush to remove as much as possible. Sponge area with disinfectant solution. Blot. Sponge with ammonia. Rinse. Bleach with hydrogen peroxide.
  18. Mud – Allow to dry and vacuum or brush off as much as possible. Apply detergent or ammonia solution. Blot. Rinse. Blot dry. If stain remains, apply dry cleaning solvent. Blot dry.
  19. Mustard/Ketchup – Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Apply detergent solution. Blot. If stain remains apply rust remover or hydrogen peroxide solution. Blot. Do not use ammonia or alkaline cleaners.
  20. Nail Polish – Blot acetone or non-oily nail polish remover through the stain into a clean absorbent pad. No acetone on acetate, modacrylic, silk, or wool. Use amyl acetate from a pharmacy. Flush with dry cleaning fluid. Air-dry.
  21. Oil – Apply dry cleaning solvent. Work to center to avoid ring. Blot. Apply light detergent solution. Rinse. Blot.
  22. Paint/Varnish – Oil-based paint or varnish: if fresh, flush with mineral spirits. If dry, carefully soften with lacquer thinner (test first for fabric damage) then flush with appropriate solvent.
  23. Pet Stains – Blot out all liquid possible by placing a clean towel on the spot and standing on it. Apply bacteria/enzyme digester according to directions. When dry, remove any remaining stain with detergent solution. Rinse. Blot dry.
  24. Rust – Rub with steel wool or rust remover. If you use professional rust remover, be careful not to get any on your skin. Don’t apply it to glass, porcelain or enamel surfaces. Rinse. Blot dry.
  25. Shoe Polish – Gently scrape off all you can, being extra careful not to spread the stain. Blot dry cleaning solvent through the stain into a clean absorbent pad. Sponge with detergent solution. Blot. Sponge with ammonia. Rinse. If stain remains, try alcohol, then hydrogen peroxide.
  26. Soft Drinks – Blot up all you can. Blot with detergent solution. Rinse. Air dry. If stain remains, soak with glycerin for 30 minutes and rinse.
  27. Tar – Scrape up all you can, then remove residue by blotting with paint thinner or dry cleaning solvent. Blot with detergent solution. Rinse. Blot dry.
  28. Vomit – Scrape up as much as possible. Apply bacteria/enzyme digester according to directions. When dry, remove any remaining stain with detergent solution. Rinse. Blot dry.

 

Carpet Cleaning Tips So You Can Get Ahead

You’re going to want to read through these carpet cleaning tips so you’re able to have the cleanest carpet there is. It’s important to stick with what you’re about to learn here so that you can have clean floors that are free of dust and other bad things.

The first thing you need is a vacuum so that you can keep the various particles off of the floor. This needs to at least be done weekly, or a little more than that depending on the traffic in the area. This allows you to keep the carpet from getting too gritty and that’s a great thing since dirt and grime will harm the fibers in the carpet. Get the proper attachments for the vacuum so that you’re able to reach areas you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to. Keep a routine going and vacuuming will soon become a habit.

A fantastic idea is to find a carpet cleaning solution you can apply when a spill happens. There are a number of chemicals you can use, it just depends on the type of carpet that you have and how far you’re willing to go to make sure the spot goes away. Check out various odor killing spot removal products if the stain is caused by something that has a foul smell to it. Be sure you’re cleaning the mess up quickly so it doesn’t sit in the carpet for too long and get stuck there.

When all else fails, you can count on the professionals to come and help you. You’ll want to contact a few different companies and see what the pricing is like for the service that they’re able to offer to you. Don’t just work with anyone, make sure they have the best price and the right equipment to get the job done for you. There’s a lot of great services they can offer, from steam cleaning your carpets to just doing basic maintenance for you. Ask around at different companies to see what they offer and go with the one you think is the best.

Know how to use any equipment that you’re trying to clean your carpets with. For example, if you’re going to use a steam cleaner, you’re going to want to make sure you’re not getting the carpets too wet with it because that could make it shrink, have an odor, and a number of other problems. Follow any instructions that come with the equipment you’re using and seek help if you cannot figure out how to get it all to work. If you’re renting the equipment, be extra careful so you don’t damage and then have to pay for it.

Getting to know how to keep a carpet as clean as it can be is very useful. This will allow you to be sure that you’re getting the most out of cleaning so that you leave nothing behind. Hopefully you put this to good use soon so you can get the benefits.

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