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Three Steps to Spot Cleaning Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery

Published on Friday, April 12 2013

Always check manufacturer stain removal guidelines before starting the spot removal procedure if available.

It is important to remember there are certain factors that affect the success of spot removal on carpets and fabrics. The faster a spot is treated the greater the outcome. Also, keep in mind that certain types of materials used to construct your carpet, rugs or upholstery have a high occurrence of bleeding dyes.

These steps are for spot cleaning carpets, rugs & upholstery made with color-fast dyes.

Step #1: For semi-solid spots, gently scrape solids up with a spoon or spatula. Do not use a knife or anything with sharp edges as it could damage the carpet or upholstery. Blot, not rub or scrub the spot using either an absorbent dry white cloth or white paper towel, absorbing as much liquid as possible while gently spreading the fibers dabbing down deep. White materials are recommended as colors may bleed making the spot worse.

Step #2: If spot is still visible, mix 1 part COLD water, 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle, lightly mist the area, do not drench as it will seep further down into the under pad. Follow the blot, not rub or scrub the spot method using either cloth or paper towel as described in step #1; repeat until there is no transfer on the cloth or paper towel.

Step #3: Absorb any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white cloths or towels and weigh them down with a heavy object overnight. This step is necessary even when the carpet doesn’t seem damp.

If the spot won’t come out despite your best efforts, booking an appointment with a professional carpet cleaner could be your saving grace. Do not attempt to use over the counter products as they can often leave behind a soapy residue causing rapid re-soiling and may also cause discoloration.

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