It happens. Now what? First, relax. Most of today's carpets
are stain-resistant so acting calmly and quickly will often
remedy even hideous looking accidents.
Here are a few Spot Removal
Act sooner rather
Some spills can be removed years later with very little effort.
Some become permanent the moment they make contact with the
carpet. Acting fast is your first defense against permanent
damage. No carpet is stain-proof, only stain-resistant, so
taking action as soon as possible is very important.
Don't use hard surface cleaners on your carpet.
Products intended to
clean kitchen counters, windows, bathroom surfaces, and so on
are highly alkaline, can cause color
loss and leave soapy residues that lead to resoiling. Use ONLY
products made for carpets and, if you must, use them
sparingly. We recommend water or carbonated water first. If
that isn't enough, we suggest a non-residual cleaner
spot and Stain Remover.
Upholstery spotting is better left to the professional.
Just so there's no
confusion, this guide is to help you treat accidental mishaps on
your carpet. Upholstery is far less forgiving. Play it safe, get
professional advice first.
Using a dry, white, absorbent cloth or plain white paper towel,
blot the spill from the outside in to avoid spreading it
further. Continue to blot the area until it's dry. Keep using a clean area of the towel as you go. Once
the towel starts coming up white, indicating that no more of the
spot is being removed, it's a good time to stop. Repeated
attempts could lead to further damage. Remember, be gentle.
On tough spots, give the cleaner time to work.
If a spot doesn't come out immediately, take a ten minute break
and give the spotter time to work.
It's not just for Boy Scouts.....Be Prepared.
Know what to do in an emergency and where to find
everything you need. White terry cloth towels are a
carpet cleaner's best friend. Make your life
easier and buy a few heavy white, terry cloth hand towels next
time you see them on sale? It'll be a good investment down the
a carpet, not a peach!
Huh? Peaches are
supposed to be fuzzy, carpets are not. It's important to
remember, so we'll stress the point again, BLOT, don't
SCRUB. Scrubbing distorts the pile causing visible changes in
texture. You might enjoy a Fuzzy Navel with dinner but we
guarantee you won't take pleasure in these fuzzy little
Gently scrape away solids with a spoon,
residue when you're done. REMEMBER, be gentle. Wielding an
over-zealous spoon can be as destructive as scrubbing.
Before you use cleaning products on your carpet, pretest in an
inconspicuous area first.
Ideally, you should
lightly dampen an area, blot with a white towel and look for
signs of color transfer on the towel. Then, allow the area to
dry undisturbed inspecting for signs of damage such as color
loss, bleeding or distortion once it's completely
dry. You're right, this is hard to do in a
catastrophe so plan ahead. Test cleaning products before
emergency. If you have multiple colors, test each color
The final step is just as important
as all the rest.
Once you're satisfied
the spot is gone
rinse the area with cool water. Gently blot with a clean, dry
cloth until dry. If necessary, use a heavy, flat weight, such
as a phone book or two, to compress a half-inch thick layer of
paper towels over the spot, changing the towels as necessary.
This handy little bit of advice helps remove anything left in
the carpet, speeding drying and minimizing wicking or recurring spots. Don't let your weight
touch the damp carpet since it may have colors that bleed.
Ready to begin?
Now, having said
all that, and remembering to err on the side of caution,
to go to Stainmasters' spot removal guide.