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First Aid for Carpets

Bobbie Witt - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

After a carpet spill, doing the right thing – right away – can make the difference between success and permanent damage.  You can treat most food or drink spills with the steps we will show you here, whether it’s wine, coffee or spaghetti sauce.

Use the wet/dry vacuum first

Getting as much of the solids and/or liquids out of the carpet quickly is the most important part of removing the stain.  Actually blotting and scooping can drive the stain deep into the carpet backing and pad.  Try using your wet/dry vacuum by vacuuming up the spill with the vacuum on wet mode before sucking anything up.  Push the hose directly onto the carpet fibers and leave it for a few seconds, don’t rub or drag the hose over the carpet, move to another spot and repeat.

Apply a cleaning solution

After vacuuming the spill as much as possible don’t hit it with strong cleaners right away this may set the stain and possibly discolor the carpet.  If you don’t have a store bought product on hand you can make your own by using this recipe: ¼ teaspoon dish soap to 1 cup of water, put in a spray bottle and apply a generous amount but don’t over-do it.

Blot from the outside in

Blot the stain with a clean white cloth; don’t use a colored cloth as the color could transfer to the carpet.  Spread the carpet fibers apart slightly and soak up the stain, avoid being aggressive with the stain such as scrubbing and stomping on the blotter.  Once you have finished blotting use the wet/dry vac to remove as much of the solution as possible.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse

You want to make sure you don’t leave the cleaning solution in the carpet fibers as it will attract dirt causing that area to get dirtier faster.  So rinse the stain with clear water then vacuum the water with your wet/dry vac until you remove as much water as possible.   You will want to make sure you clean your wet/dry vac once you’ve completed this processSave

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