• Emergency Spot Tips

  • Every household has its share of spills and accidents. Most people do the right thing by trying to get to the spill quickly, but not knowing what to do can actually make the problem worse. When you spill a gallon of paint or a glass of wine on the carpet don't let it send you into a panic. Keep your head, and you are much more likely to walk away happy with the results.

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  • Spot Do's & Donts

    Do not scrub a carpet when a spill, or pet accident occurs. Scrubbing can fray the carpet fibers, and push the item you are trying to remove in deeper.

    Do absorb the spill by pressing a towel into the carpet to absorb the moisture. It is best not to use a colored towel as they can transfer color to the carpet. 

    Do not reach for store bought carpet cleaning products. These products typically recommend testing in a area for color fastness. That means they can actually remove the color from the carpet, and I am not talking about the wine. These products can actually bleach color from carpets, and set stains. So avoid them. 

    Do use a mixture of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 1 part water to remove most problem spots and spills around the house.

    Do not add dish soap to the vinegar and water mixture.

  • Ink & Nail Polish

    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.

  • Dyes

    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.

  • Vomit, Urine & Diarrhea

    Shop vac the spot first. Then use a towel or paper towel to press down into the spot to absorb any remaining moisture if it is still wet. Spray on the 1 to 1 mixture of water and vinegar liberally, and let it sit for 2 minutes. Shop vac again, and or use a towel to blot up the the moisture. Do not scrub the area!

  • 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.

  • 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 use a towel to press into the spot and absorb the moisture.

  • Paint

    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 up exponentially.

    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.

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