Easily Remove Spots…Before They Turn Into Stains!
Hello friend. Many of my clients have beloved pets that have accidents, and it’s very important that these are cleaned up properly to prevent odors and stains. But even if you don’t have any pets, unless your home is draped in plastic, you are bound to get spots and spills…
“Oops! He Did It Again…”
3 Common Spills & Spots and How to Properly Remove Them
Spot #1: From greasy pizza to cherry cobbler… how to remove food spills
If you have a fresh spill make sure all of the food is off the carpet, and if it’s an older spill, gently scrape all the dried food off of the carpet. Next, put a bit of mild detergent into a spray bottle filled with HOT tap water. (A tiny amount if dish soap will do, just make sure it does NOT contain bleaching agents. And go easy with the detergent; a ratio of 2 drops of detergent to 2 cups of water is all you need.) Then spray the area, without soaking it, and begin to blot, while being very careful not to rub or scrub the carpet. (NOTE: Damage and/or fraying of the carpet fibers can occur if you rub the carpet.) Try to use a clean, white, towel when cleaning the spot; a coloured or printed towel could transfer unwanted dye to the area. Continue this action of spraying and blotting until your desired results are reached and the carpet feels almost dry to your touch.
Spot #2: Coffee, tea, or red wine
For natural drink spills that have the ability to dye your carpet follow these steps. (All other drink spills simply follow Spot #1’s directions). First, firmly blot and absorb up as much of the spill as you can. Next, get your detergent solution (2 drops detergent to 2 cups HOT water, no bleaching agents!) and mix 1 part of this solution to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. TEST on discreet area first! Spray the spill (without over wetting) then place a piece of plastic wrap over the area so the hydrogen peroxide solution can have a chance to do its job. Let it sit for approximately 2 hours for the oxygen to do its thing. Next, remove the plastic and go through the rinse/blot (outlined above in Spot #1) until the spot is gone.
Spot #3: Pet Accidents
This is probably the #1 problem area for pet owners with carpet. If the spot is fresh, cover the area with baking soda (synthetic fibers only) and let the area dry completely. Then vacuum it up. The baking soda pulls the stain out and works amazingly. If the spot is older and already dry, use the same method described for “Spot #2, removing the drinks.”
Please note: Treat your carpet gently, like a delicate fabric, when you clean it by hand, always be moderate with your cleaning agents and apply gentle, but firm blotting so you don’t break down the fibers. And remember you can always call me to come over and clean it up for you!