STEP 1: Act Immediately
Most spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer you delay, the more difficulty you may encounter in removing the stain.
Semi-solids should be gently scraped up with a rounded spoon or dull knife. Be careful not to damage the carpet. Blot liquids with clean white towels or tissues. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
You can either follow the steps in the order indicated or proceed to the step containing the same or a similar stain. Always pre-test each solution first and keep mechanical action to a minimum.
STEP 2: Pre-Test
Apply several drops of the spot removal solution to a scrap of identical carpet or an inconspicuous area. Hold a white tissue on the wet area and count to ten. Examine the tissue for carpet dye transfer. Examine the carpet. If either show damage to the carpet or its dyes, do not use. Select another solution.
WARNING: Household chemicals may “spot” your carpet. Some modern-day chemicals may cause mysterious spots when they come in contact with carpet or other dyed fabrics. They may not appear for several days or weeks after the carpet was exposed to the chemical.
The only way to protect carpet is to take special precautions to prevent any contact with these chemicals. The presence of stain-resistant properties in your carpet will not prevent household chemicals from discoloring your carpet. The following chemicals are common culprits:
- Acne Medicines: Most contain a strong bleaching agent, benzoyl peroxide.
- Household Cleaners: Tile, toilet bowl, drain and oven cleaners contain strong acids of alkalis which can weaken the carpet fiber and cause color “bleeding”.
- Bleaches: Chlorine bleaches, mildew killers, and swimming pool chemicals will cause yellow spots.
- Insectisides and Pesticides: They often contain Malathion, Diazinon, Dursban, Vapona, and include some pet shampoos and flea and tick collars.
- Plant Foods: Liquid plant food spills or leakage from flower pots can cause discolored spots.