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Carpet Spotting Guide

Here is a link that will help you solve many spotting problems on your carpet:

http://www.stainmaster.com/page/ideas-and-advice/carpet-care/stain-removal-guide

Here are some general tips that will help you when a spill occurs on your carpet. Remember, the longer a spill stays on the carpet, the greater the likelihood is that the spill could become permanent.

1. Act quickly. Immediately blot up as much of the liquid stain as possible using a soft, white, absorbent towel (or napkin). The longer the stain remains in the carpet, the more permanent the stain becomes.

2. Scrape away the solid or semi-solid stain using a blunt spatula or spoon. Never scrub or brush a stain; scrubbing can harm the fibers and have the adverse reaction of making the stain set into the carpet or rug.

3. Vacuum away as much of the solid stain as possible.

4. Pretest the spot removal agent on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. Check both the towel (or napkin) and the carpet for color transfer, color change or any other damage. Try another spot removal if you notice any change.

5. To clean the spot, apply a small amount of spot removal agent to the soft, white, absorbent material and gently apply to the stain, working from the edges towards the center of the spot to prevent it from spreading. Continue as long as the stain is getting transferred onto the towel. Apply more solution to a fresh area on the towel and repeat the process as long as the stain is being removed. Patience is a virtue as far as this step is concerned!

6. After the spill has been removed completely, rinse out the affected area to remove the cleaning solution completely as any residue may attract soil and cause damage to the carpet.

7. When you have removed as much as possible, leave a white towel on top of the area with a slight weight on it to draw as much remaining residue as possible into the white cloth.

8. Do not over-wet the area. This will extend the drying time of the carpet and possibly allow the spot to wick back.

What do I do if I don’t have any spot removal solutions? Try one of these homemade remedies. Use plain room temperature water. Club soda will also work. Many times water is quite effective. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t worsen the problem.

Use a detergent solution. Use a sink detergent, like Dawn © or Ivory liquid ©. In a cup of warm water, mix ¼ teaspoon of a clear dishwashing detergent. Do not use a dishwasher detergent as it may contain bleaching agents, and do not use laundry detergent as it may contain optical brighteners.

Use white vinegar. In a cup of warm water, add 1 cup of white vinegar. This solution leaves no residue and is usually effective on tea and coffee spills.

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