At ServiceMaster Restoration by Carefree, we know how frustrating it can be to contend with spots and spills on your carpet and furniture. Luckily, we can help. ServiceMaster Clean® has developed an entire line of products specially formulated to remove all types of spots from carpet and upholstery. We also have a product technical support hotline exclusively for franchisees where we can receive step-by-step guidance in removing difficult spots or spills. With these stain removal tools at our disposal, we are ready to come to your carpet’s rescue when you have a difficult spot to remove!
Stain Removal Techniques
Remember that the best time to clean up most spots and spills is right after they occur. Follow the techniques below on how to use the proper agents. Be sure to pretest a small area to make sure that the fabric will not bleed or get damaged during the treatment.
- If liquid, blot up as much as possible with a clean cloth.
- If the material is dry, loosen residue with the dull edge of a knife or spatula. Scrape or vacuum up as much of the residue as you can.
- Dampen clean cloth with the proper cleaning agent for the particular type of spot.
- Blot area gently, working from the outer edge to the center of the spot. Turn the cloth frequently so you are always using a clean area.
- Repeat this process until the spot is removed or until you no longer have a transfer of the spot on your cloth. Be careful not to get the carpet excessively wet.
- Blot the spot with water. Blot any excess moisture.
- Align the carpet pile protect the area from any traffic and allow to dry.
DIY Spotting Tips
- Grease and Oil Marks: Gently rub in talcum powder, cornmeal, or cornstarch. Let it set and then brush or sponge powder away. Vacuum the area.
- Mustard Spots: Soak stained area with diluted ammonia (one tablespoon ammonia, one cup of water). Then dry with a hairdryer.
- Pet Urine: Dampen area with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then blot dry.
- Red Wine: Use club soda to flush the wine from carpet fibers.
- Blood Spots: Flush with cold water. Avoid hot water as heat will set the blood stain.
- Soft Drinks: Blot the area with a vinegar solution (one part vinegar and two parts water). Then blot with a detergent solution (one teaspoon detergent and one quart water).
- Gum: Freeze the gum with ice and use a dull knife to remove.
- Candle Wax: Put a brown paper bag over the dried wax and run a hot iron over it. The bag will absorb the hot wax.
- Latex Paint: Soak with dish detergent diluted with 20 parts water. Agitate the area, blot, rinse and blot again.
- Ball Point Ink: Use hair spray and be sure to rinse the entire area well with water when finished.
*Use caution when using spot removing chemicals; as some are designed to “set” a stain, making it permanent if the product is unable to remove it. ServiceMaster products are unique in that if they do not remove a spot or stain, they will not inhibit other techniques from removing the spot. So, if you have a difficult spot or stain, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Carefree. We are happy to help!