First Response – Spills

Most spills can be cleaned up without issue. Today’s stain-resistant carpet is pretty forgiving. But act quickly to avoid having a spill become a more serious stain.

First, blot up liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Start at the outside of the spot and work toward the center to prevent spreading.

Food or Semi-Solid Materials

Semi-solid or wet material may be scooped up with a spoon; dried material may be vacuumed. Avoid scrubbing as that might damage the carpet.

Treat with Spot Out

Treat the spot or stain with a small amount of Spot Out working it gently into the carpet. Blot, don’t scrub. Tougher stains may take several passes.

We provide each of our customers with a free bottle of Spot Out. If yours runs out, give us a call for a free replacement.

Pet Messes

Most pet messes can be cleaned up with the same steps as above. However, don’t use a steam cleaner when dealing with urine spots because the heat will set the stain and the smell. It’s OK to try a wet-vacuum and rinse with cool water.

If You Don’t Have Spot Out?

Generally, plain water often works better than many store-bought carpet spotters. You can try a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon of a clear dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of warm water. Never use laundry detergent or bleach (that is likely to make things worse).

Alternately, try a white vinegar solution of 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup of water. White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes effective on tea or coffee spills.

Use caution and test in an inconspicuous spot if unsure.

Call Us For Advice Or Suggestions At Any Time: 408-253-8080