Spots and Spills
Spots and Spills are inevitable. Fortunately, most carpets today are manufactured to resist spots and stains and make cleaning messes easier.
There are two steps to treating spills on your carpet.
The first step is to absorb any liquid with a dry, white absorbent cloth. Avoid using cloths or paper towels that have color or prints as the dye may transfer to your carpet. Absorb as much liquid as possible. Scoop semi-solid particles with a spoon. Vacuum dry pieces. It is important to not use a brush or scrub your carpet fibers as this may lead to damage, such as fraying, that is permanent.
The second step is to treat the spot. Make sure to test any product used in an inconspicuous area first to make sure it will not cause any bleeding or color changes. Next, apply the product to a clean, white cloth and blot – don’t scrub – from the outer edges of the spot and work inwards. Once the spot has lifted, blot the area with clean water to remove residual product.
Water Soluble Stains, such as milk, wet or latex paint, mud, soda and alcoholic beverages, can be treated with 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water.
Blood, coffee, vomit, and wine stains can be treated with 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with one cup of water. (Do not use ammonia on wool fibers. Use a mild detergent and water instead.)
To treat urine, spray a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water. Then apply 1/2 teaspoon of mild non-bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water. Don’t forget to rinse!
-Don’t over-wet. Do not allow liquid to absorb into carpet backing material.
-Always work from the outside of the spot in – this avoids spreading the stain.
-Dry as quickly as possible. A hairdryer set on low heat can be helpful.
-Vacuum your carpet regularly.
-Have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. This is often required to maintain your carpet’s warranty.
-Make sure the professional you hire follows the carpet manufacturers recommended cleaning process. Other cleaning methods could void your carpet warranty.
-Ask your carpet cleaner to apply a fabric protector to your carpet, especially to high traffic areas. This restores it’s ability to resist spots and stains.
Following these steps will help extend the life and use of your carpet!