The key to successful spot removal is getting to
it as quick as possible. Keep this page bookmarked, or make a copy of it
so you will be able to refer to it when you need it. Be sure to let
your friends and family know about this spotting guide so they will be
able to use it as well.
YOUR BASIC SPOT REMOVAL KIT
Keep the following items on hand so you will be
prepared to handle fresh spills on your carpet: Neutral dish detergent
such as Joy® or Dawn® (dilute 20:1); clear household ammonia; white
vinegar (dilute 1:1); wet spotter such as Spot Gone®; dry spotter such
as Dissolve®; paint thinner; hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) for
bleaching; denatured or isopropyl alcohol; a good supply of white terry
cloths; and a spotting brush. If you have pets, stock a bacteria/enzyme
digester such as Liquid Alive®. A wet/dry vac is great to have as well.
THE 6 STEPS TO REMOVING SPOTS
1. Catch it while it's fresh, when chances of removal
are 75% better. Don't iron or hot-air dry until the stain is gone. Heat
will set most stains.
2. First blot up all the liquid and scrape up all the
solids you can. On a large liquid spill you can use a wet/dry vac. Be
careful not to spread the stain.
3. Test any chemical you intend to use in a hidden
area to make sure it won't discolor or damage the surface.
4. Apply spotter and work from the outside of the
stain in, to avoid spreading. Blot, don't scrub; strike with the flat
face of a spotting brush if needed to help break up the stain.
5. Rinse chemical spotters out with water, blot the
area dry and feather the edges. Brush or fluff up pile or nap.
6. On carpet and upholstery, put a thick pad of
toweling over the spot, weight it down with books, and leave it there
overnight to "wick up" any remaining
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