How To Remove The 3 Most Common Carpet Spots...Before They Turn Into Stains!
Hello friends and clients! Like most people, you care about the beauty and cleanliness of your home…including your carpet. But “life happens” and sometimes it “happens” all over the carpet. 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. Even if you don’t have any pets, unless your home is draped in plastic you get spots and spills…here is how to clean them up the right way.
“Oops! He Did It Again…”
3 Common Spills & Spots And How To Properly Remove Them:
Spot #1 Food Spills: From greasy pizza to cherry cobbler…here is the way you should remove food spills. First, if it’s 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 the surface of the carpet. Second, put a bit of mild detergent into a spray bottle filled with HOT tap water. 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 (be careful not to soak) the area and proceed to blot, be very careful not to rub or scrub the carpet, you can damage and fray the fibers. Try to use a clean, white, absorbent towel when cleaning the carpet; a colored or printed towel could transfer unwanted color 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 “Natural” Drinks: Coffee, tea, or red wine? For natural drink spills that have the ability to dye your carpet follow these steps. (All others simply follow Step #1). First, firmly blot and absorb up as much of the spill as you can. Next, get your hand dish washing detergent solution (see above) and mix 1 part of this solution to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Thoroughly 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 like that for approximately 2 hours. Next, remove the plastic and go through the rinse/blot routine (see “Step #1 “Food Spills”) until the spot is gone.
Spot #3 Pet Accidents (Urine): 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 Step #2, removing the drinks.
Now you have my professional “prescription” for removing the most common household spots and spills. 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.