It’s that time of year when you start planning for family and friends to visit and you're thinking of the foods and drinks you will serve when they arrive.
Despite the best attempts of you and your guests to keep things from dropping off the plate, glass, and/or fork, the inevitable happens: Food or drinks spill, and for some reason they always spill on the (usually white) carpet.
There's no need to panic, but there is a need to keep your cool and not overreact to the situation. We know that can be difficult when you witness a full glass of red wine splashing onto your white, wool rug in the middle of the living room.
Your first reaction might be to grab a random cleaning product from underneath the kitchen sink. This can be a big mistake. Some people have been known to use window cleaner, bathroom tile cleaners, and other products on carpet.
Instead, keep things simple; use these three, easy-to-remember procedures:
1. Scrape and Blot: If the spill is food related, scrape up as much as you can. Then, using paper towels or cotton towels, start blotting up the spill. Keep at it until the area you are working on is pretty dry and you have removed as much of the spot as you can. Remember not to rub in the spot.
2. Add product: Using a flip-top or trigger sprayer application, apply small amounts of a product made specifically for carpet fibers. The best products for this can be bought from a carpet and furniture cleaning company. Blot in between applications. When the spot is gone, use a little warm water to help remove the cleaning residue, blotting as you do so.
3. Blot some more: When the job is complete and you are happy with the results, blot until all moisture seems to be removed and then leave a white, absorbent towel on the spot with a weight on the towel. Any remaining moisture will be absorbed up into the towel. Leave the towel in place for several hours.
But when the time comes (and it will) and the spot just won’t come out, stop your work to avoid damage to the color and/or texture of the carpet and “setting” of the spot or stain. Quickly call us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning, to help you remove the stain. Call us at 704-904-2964 or book an appointment online!