Could Your Best Friend BeYour Carpet’s Worst Enemy?
How To Easily Remove Spots...Before They Turn Into Stains!
Many of my San Diego clients have beloved pets that have accidents, and it’s very important that these are cleaned up properly to prevent odors and stains, but even if you don’t have any pets, unless your home is draped in plastic, you get spots and spills…
“Oops! He Did It Again…”
3 Common Spills & Spots And How To Properly Remove Them:
Spot #1 Food Spills: Pizza or cherry cobbler…how to remove food spills. Start by getting the spilled food off the carpet, for older spills, gently scrape all the dried food up. Next, put a bit of mild detergent into a spray bottle filled with HOT tap water. Dish soap will do, (No bleaching agents!) A ratio of 2 drops of detergent to 2 cups of water is all you need. Spray (don’t soak) the area and proceed to blot, be very careful not to rub or scrub the carpet. Use a clean, white, towel. (To avoid transfer of color.) Spray and blot until your desired results are reached.
Spot #2 “Natural” Drinks: Red wine, tea, or coffee? If your drink has the ability to dye your carpet, follow this step. First, firmly blot and absorb up as much of the spill as you can. Next, get your detergent solution (see above) and mix 1 part of this solution to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Spray the spill (don’t soak) then place a piece of plastic wrap over the area so the hydrogen peroxide solution can have a chance to do its job. Let it sit for approx. 2 hours. Remove the plastic and go through the rinse/blot routine described above until the spot is gone.
Spot #3 Pet Accidents (Urine): This is probably the #1 “problem area” for pet owners with carpet. If the spot is fresh, cover the area with baking soda (synthetic fibers only) and let the area dry completely. Then vacuum it up. The baking soda pulls the stain out and works amazingly. If the spot is older and already dry, use the same method described for Spot #2, removing the drinks.
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