How to properly clean spills

  • When the unfortunate occurrence of a spill happens, the first step is to Act Quickly! Even though most carpets today have a stain-resist treatment, that does not mean they are stain proof.  The longer you wait before action is taken on the spill, the more likely the spill will become a permanent stain.
  • Blot any Liquid spills using a Clean, Dry, White towel or a non-printed pattern paper towel.  Do Not scrub the carpet.  Scrubbing the carpet may cause the pile to become damaged.  Blot the spill until the carpet is dry.
  • For any solids, remove them by gently scraping them up with a rounded spoon.
  • Before using any spot removal agent, pretest it in an inconspicuous area for colorfastness.  After applying a small amount to the test area, place a white towel on that area for a short time.  Check the towel for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet.  If any of these occur, do not use this spot removal agent and select another.
  • Never use any product which contains bleach.
  • After selecting the spot removal agent, use as directed.  Working from the outer edges of the spill, work the solution in gently.  Remember not to scrub.  Blot the spill with a dry white towel absorbing as much as possible.
  • This process may need to be repeated.  Repeat this process until there is no further transfer from the spill in the carpet to the towel.
  • If the spill has not been removed and there is no more transfer to the towel, then move on to the next spot removal agent as directed for the specific spot.
  • After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water and blot dry with a clean white towel.  This process is to remove any solution that may have been left behind which could cause the carpet to soil more rapidly if not removed.
  • If you are not comfortable with using these tips or if after using these tips the spill has not been removed, call a professional for assistance.
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