Carpet-Spot Cleaning

The magic word is blot!

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Stay Calm! More serious damage usually results from overreacting.

Most accidental spots and spills on carpet can be resolved with no permanent damage to the fibers. Some carpet fibers stain more easily than others. A stain is when a colored substance permanently binds to a textile. If a spill is going to stain, it occurs almost instantly. Before you have a chance to find a towel, the damage is already done.

Follow the advice below for immediate cleanup, and give us a call to walk you through other necessary spot cleaning steps.

Tips for liquid spills:
Slowly place an absorbent towel on top of the spill. Often spills will bead up or stay on the outside of the yarns. Many times the liquid will be more attracted to the towel than the textile it was spilled on. Avoid pushing a substance on the surface deeper into the fiber. The magic word is blot. Aggressive rubbing can permanently distort some textile fibers.

It is usually safe to carefully use water to rinse the residue from the fibers. Blot with an absorbent towel to remove any remaining moisture.

Tips for semi-dry spills:
Spills that have more substance such as foods need to be carefully scooped up first. The goal is to avoid forcing the spill deeper into the fibers. Carefully blot with an absorbent towel and then rinse with water, then blot dry.

Tips for dry spills:
Carefully scoop up excess trying to avoid working the substance deeper into fibers. Carefully dry vacuum surface spill and then gently move fibers to clean any of the spill that settled deeper into the textile.

If you are unsuccessful spot cleaning your carpet, or just don’t want the chore, Lincoln Cleaning can bring a special spot cleaning machine to your home or office.