Spots happen. When they do it is a good idea to have a plan of action so that you don’t make the mistake of setting the stain. We are happy to provide a list of emergency spot tips for just the occasion. It is a good idea to bookmark this page or add it to your favorites list.
Red Wine: You can use white wine, club soda, or 1 part vinegar to 1 part water, to remove red wine as long as the spot is still wet. Dab up as much moisture as you can, and then pour a small amount of one of the mentioned liquids. Let sit about a minute and towel out.
Something with dye: quickly, sop up the spot as much as possible, then pour distilled white vinegar directly on top of the spot. You can also use club soda. Let it sit for about 3 minutes and then towel up. Then mound cornstarch over the spot. The cornstarch will act as an absorbent and lift the moisture from the rug. Break up the cornstarch once it is dry and vacuum. You may need to brush the carpet with a scrub brush to loosen some of the cornstarch, and vacuum again.
Urine & Vomit: Use a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water in equal parts. This is great for cutting the acid and helping to prevent the spot from becoming permanent. This is great for pet stains, and accidents.
Diarrhea: Shopvac the spot first. Use the 1 to 1 mixture of water and vinegar to blot up the spot. Do not scrub the area. Scrubbing will push the fecal matter deeper into the carpet and permeate the fibers.
Blood: Warm salt water can remove blood. IMPORTANT: Make sure the salt is completely dissolved before applying it to the carpet or you run the risk of fraying your carpet fibers.
Ink & Nail Polish: This can be tricky, but if you are quick you can remove them. However, proceed with caution these products can damage your carpet. You can use hairspray to remove both ink and nail polish. You can also use non-acetone nail polish remover for nail polish. Important: When you are done make sure to use a mixture of vinegar and water (equal parts), to neutralize and remove the hairspray, or nail polish remover.
Paint:Paint requires immediate attention. Follow these steps and get a carpet cleaner to your home the same day if possible.
1. Immediately use a shop vac to suck up as much paint as you can. Do not try to rub it around with a towel. This will force the paint further into the fibers and embedding it there.
2. For water-based paints take a spray bottle and spray water over paint. Use paper towels to sop it up. Do not rub, instead, blot it up pressing into the carpet. Keep repeating this process until the paint no longer transfers.
3. If the stain is still present but is no longer transferring to the paper towel, grab an old damp towel and set it on top of the spot. Keep it damp until your cleaner can get there. Do not walk on it, or rub the carpet. If the paint dries the chances of it becoming permanent go way up. (Keeping the carpet damp will not work for oil-based paints. These are very difficult to remove and are usually permanent.)
Call us @ 303.993.6751 to schedule immediately.
Be aware that there is no guarantee we will be able to get the paint completely out, but acting quickly greatly improves your chances.
The Pristine Carpet Cleaning family has been professionally cleaning carpets, and upholstery for over 35 years. Earlier in 2011, the boys came home from the US Marine Corps and decided they wanted to start cleaning carpets again. So, Ed the owner came out of retirement and started Pristine Carpet Cleaning. Ed's wife Ginger, and daughter Joni also joined the team.