Carpet Stains Immediate Care
1. Remove spots and stains as soon as possible.
2. Scrape solid soils with dull knife blade or similar object.
3. Place absorbent cloths over stain and blot.
4. Do not use a rubbing motion. Blot with an absorbent cloth gently.
5. Test spot removal products first to ensure colorfastness.
6. Blot from outer edges to center of stain to prevent further spreading.
7. Wait 2 to 3 minutes after applying any stain treatment to allow for stain loosing with enzyme breakdown.
8. Keep spot removal products and other cleaning solutions to a minimum. Excess residue remains in carpet and acts as magnet for dirt.
9. Do not over-soak carpet with water. This leads to deeper stain penetration and shrinkage.
10. Change cloths as they dampen absorbing stains.
Blot area to absorb the moisture. Replace cloths as they dampen. Prepare mixture of water, non-bleach laundry detergent and vinegar. Apply this to stain and wait a few minutes. Blot. If stain continues to absorb into cloth, continue this process. If not, use commercial product for stain removal.
Blood is one stain that does need the area to be soaked with water to provide a lifting and loosening of the stain. Blot as much of the stain with a dry absorbent cloth first. Use cold water and non-bleach laundry detergent mixed in spray bottle and apply liberally. Do not use warm or hot water as this will expedite blood coagulation. Keep blotting with dry cloths. Oxi-clean is a product specifically designed to remove blood and a commercial grade option to remove this stain.
Red Wine Stains
Blot gently to remove liquid. Pour club soda on the area and blot. Continue to blot and change cloths as they dampen.
Hold ice cubes over the area until wax becomes brittle and chips off. Place brown paper bag over the area and use hot iron to allow absorption of remaining wax and residue into the bag paper.
Blot any fluid with paper towels. Pour some cool water on the area then use paper towels to absorb the water. Blot the area as much as you can with paper towels to dry the area. Spray with a disinfectant. Often, this maybe enough to neutralize the urine salts and remove any odor causing bacteria and stains.