Carpet Spotting

carpet spottingBristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN

The suggestions below in no way imply suitability for your carpet or any other application. Refer to your carpet manufacturer’s guide for recommendations for your specific carpet. These suggestions represent some remedies that have worked for us in the past but do not guarantee or warrant any specific solution to your particular problem.

It is important to:

  • Treat a spill or stain immediately.
  • Remove excess material by blotting with clean white absorbent material or by scraping with a dull knife or ruler.
  • Clean remaining stain as indicated on the chart below. Do not over wet. Prior to application, test removal agent in an inconspicuous place. If it does not discolor, then proceed with the removal of the spot or stain.
  • Gently brush the pile to restore texture after the carpet dries.
  • Call for professional treatment, depending on the stain. If you are not sure of what the proper treatment is, please give us a call.

Wine

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.

Vomit

  1. Blot up as much as possible.
  2. Apply enzyme detergent, hot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Candle Wax

  1. Scrape off as much as possible with a spatula or dull knife.
  2. Apply dry cleaning solvent.
  3. Apply POG, blot.
  4. Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot.

Mud

  1. Brush or scrape off as much as possible.
  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  5. If stain remains, apply POG and dry cleaning solvent alternately, blot until dry.

Definitions:

Detergent Solution:
Mix one teaspoonful of colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.

Vinegar Solution:
Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.

Ammonia Solution:
Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with one-half cup of water.

Enzyme Detergent:
Mix a solution of enzyme detergent following the directions on the label. DO NOT SOAK. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the recommended length of time before removing.

Dry Cleaning Solvent:
Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter (such as Carbona, Energine, or K2R). Use in small amounts—can be harmful to sizings, backings, or stuffing material. Do NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid, or carbon tetrachloride.

POG:
Paint, oil, and grease remover (available in hardware stores).