Spot Removal Tips for Your Carpet

Spot Removal Carpet CleaningHeart Day Has Come And Gone!

I recently wrote with tips on how to show the one you love that you think they are special for Valentine’s Day.  Well, that holiday of love and romance has come and gone.  The cards were exchanged, the chocolates were given and may have even melted, the wine was spilled, the food was eaten…Aaahh – what a wonderful night.

Hey!  Wait a minute!  Back that up.  Did I say the wine was spilled and chocolates melted?  I did.  Let’s face it – after every holiday celebration there is usually a clean-up that needs to follow.  So, I thought that today might be a great day to remind you of some basic steps on removing spots from carpets.

Stock Your Spot Removal Toolkit!

I see a lot of carpets and I see a lot of dirt come out of those carpets.  After all, that’s my job.  But between professional carpet cleanings you may have spots that need to be cleaned up.  I am often asked, “What is the best way to do this?”  First, you have to have the right tools and products.  So, let’s gather those first and then be sure to keep them on hand so that you have them whenever you need them:

  • 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
  • White terry cloths (a good supply is best)
  • Spotting brush

If you have pets, stock a bacteria/enzyme digester, such as Liquid Alive.  It’s also great if you have a wet/dry vac available as well.

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Six Steps To Removing Spots

Now that you have your spot removal toolkit stocked and ready, let’s talk about how to use it to remove those pesky stains:

  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 of the liquid and scrape all of 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, weigh it down with books, and leave it there overnight to “wick up” any remaining moisture.

Keep Those Carpets Looking Brand New!

So, there you have it!  With the right tools and a little know-how, you can keep your carpets looking beautiful between professional cleanings.  You don’t have to be afraid of any holiday spills and mishaps anymore (although wasted chocolate is just sad!)  And, then when you’re ready to get all of the deep set in dirt and stains out, give us a call at (512) 202-3808 or click the link above and we’ll send one of our professional technicians out to treat your carpet right.

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