How to Spot Clean Carpet

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If you are having trouble spot cleaning your carpet or you have stubborn pet stains, please do not hesitate to call us for more information or to schedule an appointment for professional carpet cleaning in your Chautauqua, Jamestown, or Warren home

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There will come a time when you will spill something on your rug, and the question will come to mind – “what should I do?” Rug fibers, especially wool, are very resilient to spills but they are also very reactive to harsh chemicals. So you want to keep your spill system quick, simple, and safe for the variety of rug and carpet fibers in your home in order to remove carpet stains naturally.

Carpet and Rug Cleaning First-Aid Tools


How to Remove Spots from an Area Rug



Liquid Spill

      : Immediately blot the spot with a cotton towel. Do not scrub the fibers or you’ll distort and potentially damage them.

Non-liquid Spill

    : Immediately scrap up material with spoon and blot the spot with a cotton towel.


    Look at the towel for two things:
  • Is the spill absorbing into the towel?
  • Are any of the rug’s dyes absorbing into the towel?


      2. If the rug’s dyes are absorbing into the towel, blog a bit more and then


      . No more work can be done to this area without causing the rug dyes to bleed together. This type of damage can devalue your area rug, so you want to stop before you make it worse. You can

pack the area with corn starch

    to help absorb more.
    3. If the rug’s dyes are not absorbing into the towel, then place a folded towel underneath the affected area of the area rug. Take a bowl of club soda and then use a sponge or towel to get the location of the spill wet again – not soaking wet, just enough so the fibers are damp.


    4. Take a new towel and blot the spot to continue pulling out the spill from the fibers. The club soda helps to keep the spill suspended so you can grab it with the cotton towel when you blot the spot.


    5. When no more spill material is visible on the towel, create a sandwich with a folded towel under the spill and one on top, and either stand on this area or put a heavy book on it for about 10 minutes. Perfect use for those thick phonebooks!


How to Clean Pet Urine

In addition to the above first-aid tools you’ll want to add the following to your carpet first-aid tools:

Of all the possible spills to happen to your rugs, pet urine and pet vomit are the worst. Since they are acidic and warm going on they set themselves quickly. You need to follow the spill steps in the previous section (blot, rinse, blot). If the rug has dyes that show up in the towel in the first blotting step, then substitute a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture for the club soda and get the area only slightly damp – NOT wet. For pet feces, you must pick up as much as you can before you begin the club soda process.

As far as the odors associated with all of these pet ’emergencies’, misting PureAyre® on the areas helps to remove some of the odor-causing bacteria. Resist the urge to saturate the rug with this because pouring any product on a rug is never a good idea. With pet urine, if it is a substantial amount then it has (because it’s hot and acidic) penetrated the wool or silk fibers and has been absorbed into the rug’s cotton foundation. In this case, the only way you will be able to remove the odor will be to have the area rug washed and soaked completely in an enzyme or deodorizing solution.

Old Pet Stains

Always take care of a pet stain as soon as you notice it. So have your carpet first aid kit and the phone number to a carpet cleaning expert on hand for emergencies!

A different set of problems arises with “old” pet urine stains. When a pet urine stain is “fresh” it is a strong acid stain. After it has dried completely, and has sat in the fibers for several days, it becomes a strong alkaline stain. The problem with high alkalinity and wool is that it yellows the wool, and it also counteracts the mordant process that holds the dyes on to the wool fibers. It essentially makes the dyes “dissolve.” Even a rug with colorfast dyes will bleed and fade in areas that have old pet urine stains. So, the key in handling all pet stains is getting to the area as soon as you can (and use the spill steps so that you can minimize the damage).

Have you found an spot on an area rug that you can’t get rid of? Have pet odor that a candle just can’t mask? Call us today for additional tips on how to address those pesky odors!

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