Saving Your Carpet from Spots and Spills

Spilled wine on carpet1. First Step- Don’t Start With Cleaning
Before you apply any cleaning solution to the carpets in your home, be sure to blot or scrape the affected area. If you spilled something other than a liquid, try picking up what you can, so it doesn’t get ground further into the carpet when you begin cleaning.

2. Test it before you Trash it:
There’s nothing worse than trying to clean your carpet and creating an even bigger spot or stain in the process. Before using any cleaning solution test it out on a section of the carpet that cannot easily be seen, such as a corner or underneath a chair that will remain in the same place for a long time.

3. Don’t Rub–Blot, Blot, Blot:
Rubbing a spot or stain can spread it out and give you an even bigger mess. Instead, be sure to always blot lightly to pull the stain up from the carpet.

4. Contain That Stain:
Spot cleaners are often effective, but be sure to spray spot cleaner from the outside of the stain and work your way in. This will contain the stain and keep it from spreading.

5. Last but Not Least:
After cleaning a carpet mess, use a clean white towel to bring the carpet “back to life.” Not only will it dry the affected area, it will also brush the nap back up. If your carpet is still too moist after cleaning, use a ¾ inch stack of white towels weighed down with something heavy to pull out excess moisture.

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