The need for DIY spot removal on carpets and rugs reflects the truth found in Murphy’s Law of Cleaning which states “Just after a professional cleaning, a guest will spill a glass of wine, a child will spill fruit juice, or the puppy will pee!” It happens all the time. What is a homeowner to do? Try to remove the offending material by do-it-yourself methods or call the professionals back in?
The answer is… Do-It-Yourself spot removal methods can work, but the spot or spill must be addressed as soon as possible and it is essential that clear and concise information must be available on how to proceed without causing more damage.
The removal of spots and spills from textile fibers such as rugs and carpets is quite different than removal from hard surfaces such as wood, tile, granite, etc. Whether the textile has had stain protection applied, how the dyes used in the textile react to certain cleaning agents, how long the spot or spill has been on the textile, how big an area is affected, etc., all determine whether or not the outcome of Do-It-Yourself methods.
Unlike most hard surfaces, carpet or rug fibers can be permanently damaged by scrubbing or adding more liquid and not drying the area. The techniques involved in DIY spot removal require patience and attention to detail.
When a homeowner does not have knowledge of the type of fiber in a carpet or rug and how it will react to certain chemicals or how the ingredients in the spotting material may react with the fiber, the results can potentially be much worse than just an ugly looking spot.
There are some fundamental rules to apply when DIY spot removal methods are in use:
The reason blotting is so important is because a carpet and rug fiber acts like a wick and liquids will be drawn up to the top of the fibers. If the liquid can be transferred past the tips of the fibers onto absorbent material, the chances are the spot will not become a permanent stain.
In between applications of any cleaning solution(s), blot the area with a dry cloth, then with a wet cleaning cloth and then blot it dry again. The idea is to remove as much as the spot and cleaning solution as possible and then blot thoroughly to dry the area.
The steps and solutions mentioned above for DIY spot removal can be found on our ABC Spot Cleaning Guide for Carpets and Rugs. Directions for mixing and using just a few of the 7 ordinary household ingredients are included in the Guide, which can be downloaded here.
CAUTION: NEVER MIX AMMONIA AND BLEACH OR ACIDS OR ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING EITHER OF THESE! For more information, please see What’s in Your Green Cleaning Arsenal and Chlorine Bleach-Health Hazards of Mixing with Some other Common Household Products.
We also sell our ABC Responsible Care Spotting Solution. We recommend you use the same procedures as outlined above when spotting with it. This is a neutral solution, unlike many over-the-counter spotting chemicals, and cannot cause damage to your textile. If it does not work successfully on your specific spot, you can use the Guide for further help.
If you would like more information on this subject, please read our article Green Cleaning Solutions. In that article you will find a large list of items that can be cleaned successfully using different combinations of vinegar and baking soda and other easily obtainable household ingredients.
As always, if you have any questions about removing any spots, please feel free to all our office at 607-272-1566. You may also contact us here.
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Did you know that our ABC Responsible Care Spotter can get those pesky spots out of your carpet and rugs and will work equally as well on your clothes and upholstery?
Stop by our office and pick one up. They are $5.00 + Tax but if you have carpets or upholstery cleaned in your home or business, just request a free one from your Technician.
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