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How to Clean Spills on Rugs and Carpets

The following instructions will guide you through any type of spill and will work on both rugs and carpets. Determine what the spill is. The treatment of the point will be different depending on the material.

Instructions for spot cleaning almost any kind of food or drink spill:

  1. Remove / collect solid materials, if any.
  2. Stain! Don’t rub! Gently press with a white cloth or paper towel to remove as much liquid as possible. Remember, you are lifting it not pushing it down. It is also important that the cloth or paper towels are white so that they do not unexpectedly transfer any dye to the carpet.
  3. Apply a solution of (1: 1) vinegar and water. Add a touch of baking soda or a mild detergent for stubborn stains. This should be gently sprayed on the area until the stain is completely wet but not wet. Do not use bleach or detergent with bleach as this can weaken the fibers and possibly ruin the dyes.
  4. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to do its job.
  5. Again, blot the stain with a white towel. At this point, you can gently scrub the carpet, but be careful not to damage the fibers with too much elbow grease. If the stain clears up, repeat.
  6. Steps 1-5. Make sure you let the stain dry completely so that no mold or mildew forms.

Special instructions / tips for particular spills:

Oil, mud and grease – Start with a solution of detergent and water, then use vinegar. Ink – Spray with ammonia solution (1: 1) and dry before using the vinegar solution.

Wax and Gum – Use ice to solidify the spill and break the spill into pieces to collect it. It will take some patience and effort to get the pieces to work without the fibers without damaging the carpet.

Nail polish – Start by dabbing with nail polish remover. Work from the outside in. When the nail polish is gone, use a vinegar solution on the stain.

Pet Messes – Clean up just like you would for a food spill, but be sure to disinfect the afterwards.

If the stain is not fresh:

Vacuum on the spot to be sure to remove any solid materials.

Apply a solution of vinegar and baking soda. This should have the consistency of a thick paste. You will use an old toothbrush or soft cleaning brush to work the paste into the carpet fibers.

Let it sit for about 15 minutes to do its job.

Rinse by dabbing with another white cloth soaked in water at room temperature.

If the stain clears up, repeat. Steps 1-4.

After the stain has completely dried, vacuum to pick up any leftover baking soda.

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