Spot Removal Secrets
First, remove the spot as quickly as possible. But here’s the real key that can save you thousands of dollars in carpet replacement and headaches……
Use a wet vac to extract all liquid or moisture in the spill or spot
BEFORE you use a spot remover.
A small carpet spotting machine will work too, but remember to use a vacuum that can handle extracting liquids Once the bulk of the spill or spot is removed, use a neutral detergent spotter (like our Spray and Wipe Cleaner) and gently wipe the spot up. If residue from the detergent remains, pour a cup of water on the area and extract the water with your wet vac. It's really that easy.
This procedure will work on any spill no matter how big or small. Remember to always pre-test the fiber before using any spot remover or water. Some specialty rugs can be ruined by water.
3 Tips for Better Spot Removal
Remove it NOW. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove. If you cannot remove the stain, call a professional right away.
DO NOT USE Resolve or other high residue products on your area rugs. Use a neutral ph spotting agent that is made for wool. Call us for purchase information.
Use as little moisture as possible with silk, sisal, cotton, and grass rugs. For these, apply a spotter to a cloth and gently dab the stain.
Some area rugs have a very unstable dye and can be easily ruined. Always pre-test any solution on the rug before attempting spot removal.
Below are some special tips that will help:
Make sure you NEVER apply any solvent (nail polish or rubbing alchohol) directly to the carpet. This could cause weakening of the fiber backing.
Use a spot machine (by bissel, little green machine, etc) or a wet vacuum to extract any liquid spot BEFORE you treat it with any spot removing solution.
DON'T USE TOO MUCH SOLUTION. An entire bottle of spotter should NEVER be used on one spot.
RINSE, RINSE, RINSE. This is one of the biggest things homeowners overlook. Remember, the rinse water can be extracted with your spot machine or wet vacuum.
Most spots: Use our Spray and Wipe Cleaner or mix 1/4 teaspoon clear hand dishwashing soap with 1 cup water and follow the directions above. Avoid high residue spotters such as Resolve.
Grease or Oils: For greasy spots, apply rubbing alcohol to a cloth and gently dab the spot. Never pour a solvent directly on your carpet.
Wax: Melt the wax unto a paper bag with a steam iron. Place the paper bag over the wax. Do not allow the iron to directly touch the carpet.
If you can't remove the spot, call us in Boulder and Superior at 303-938-1793. We'll fit you in our schedule.
You'll get a trained technician armed with at least 12 specialty spot removers to remove your stains. The technician sent out to your home is a spot removal specialist. It's what he does all day.
So give us a try. It's a lot better than staring at a HUGE ugly stain the rest of the time you have your carpet. Keep your carpet beautiful.
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All Phase Carpet, Upholstery, and Tile Cleaning Services
2525 Arapahoe Avenue; Suite E4-257
Boulder, CO 80302