Spot and spillage removal tips

Below is a basic guide on how to treat spots spillages yourself. If you are in any doubt, place a white cold damp cloth on the stain and call us on: 01932 859814.

Cleaning spots and spillages

Clean spots and spillages immediately. If you catch a spillage while it’s fresh, you’ve got a good chance of removing it.

  • Carefully blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Remove as much of the spillage as possible.
  • Before using any cleaning solution, test your carpet in an inconspicuous area to make sure the cleaner won’t damage or discolour the fibres.
  • Test the cleaning agents that you keep on hand before you have to use them to make sure they will not harm your carpet.
  • Do not rub the spill – that might spread the problem over a larger area.
  • When you apply spot cleaner, work from the outside of the stain toward the centre to avoid spreading. After applying a cleaning solution, blot up all the moisture using a white cloth.

Tackle spillage as follows

  1. Some new carpets may have been treated with a protector, if this is the case it is still wise to follow the stain removal procedures suggested.

Alcohol, Coffee, Tea and Liquid Foods

  1. Using a white cloth, blot up spillage.
  2. Use a mild detergent and white vinegar solution.
  3. Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards, using a little at a time, blotting up with clean, white, dry cloths frequently.
  4. See below for final rinse procedure.

Chocolate, Sweets, Blood, Glue, Ice Cream, Milk, Soft Drinks and Vomit

  1. Scrape up as much as possible using a blunt instrument.
  2. Use dry cleaning solution followed by a mild detergent solution starting at the outer edge.
  3. Blot dry with white cloths.
  4. Follow up with ammonia solution, blot dry with white cloths.
  5. See below for final rinse solution.

Unknown Stains

  1. Scrape up excess with a blunt instrument, or blot spillage with white cloths.
  2. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by clean cold water.
  3. Blot dy.
  4. If further treatment is needed, use either a mild detergent or detergent and white vinegar solution.
  5. Blot dry with white cloths.
  6. See below for final rinse procedure.

Pet Urine

  1. Blot using dry white cloth.
  2. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by clean cool water.
  3. Blot dry.
  4. If further treatment is required, use either a mild detergent or detergent and white vinegar solution.
  5. Blot dry.
  6. See below for final rinse procedure..

Final Rinse Procedure

  1. This rinse procedure is applicable to all the above.
  2. Mix one part white vinegar and four parts water.
  3. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray over stained area.
  4. Blot dampened area with dry , white cloth (do not rub) to remove excess moisture.
  5. Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) over the affected area and place a weight, glass or ceramic (something that will not stain) directly on top.
  6. This will help the moisture residue to soak into the towels.
  7. Leave overnight, repeat if necessary.

Disclaimer: Bourne Valley Cleaning Services cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by DIY spot and stain removal. All cleaning solutions used should be tested in an inconspicuous area before use. The above is meant as a basic guide only and is in no way a guarantee of complete spot/stain removal. If in any doubt place a white damp cloth on the stain and call us on: 01932 859814.

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