Following a spill on the carpets, treating the carpet spots and stains can be a rather tedious chore to remedy. In order to avoid making the circumstances worse and effectively remove the spots and stains, it is essential that you apply proper techniques when treating these blemishes. Permanent damage or staining can result with to a technique the slightest bit wrong. To prevent the situation from potentially getting worse, we at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to explain how techniques should be properly executed to be more effective.
1) Chunks and Goop Scrape Removal from Carpet
Before you can treat the residues, there are certain stains, spots, and spills that require the removal of the surface mess. You will need to scrape off the top of the carpet to remove the semi-solid or solid spills along with the gummy, or hard substances. Use a dull edge tool such as a butter knife, spoon, or spatula. To avoid spreading it out or pushing into the fibers it is important to remember to go in at the right angle and not use extreme pressure during the technique. It may require a pre-treatment before the substance can be easily removed from the carpet, you are cutting the carpet, just scraping off the surface as well. You can treat the remaining residues once it is gone.
2) Sopping Excess Liquids
You need to sop up the excess moisture in the event the spill was all or mostly liquid. Especially if left for any length of time, oversaturating carpets can lead to damage varieties and even mold growth. You need to use your choice of towel, paper towel, or cloth to absorb as much of the liquid as possible prior to using any cleaner that will had to the excessive moisture. While using blot-like techniques, make sure to apply moderate to extreme pressure to pull up as much liquid. They would be more efficient at removing the liquid as well if you happen to have a wet/dry vac or a carpet cleaning machine.
3) Blotting & Patting Carpet
Blotting is the primary technique that you will use the majority of the time when treating spills. This will only lead to pushing the substance deeper into the fibers and spread it out further, making the mess worse when people go straight to scrubbing or rubbing the mess. Start blotting on the outer rim and work your way towards the center to better contain the spill and efficiently remove the blemish. Blotting is the technique you need no mater if you are sopping up liquids, using a cleaner to remove residues, or trying to rinse the carpet cleaner from the surface.
4) Carpet Cleaner Usage
Being just as important to your technique as the other basics listed above, you need to always perform a patch test, no matter if you prefer to make your homemade remedies or opt to purchase commercial store-bought premade carpet cleaners. The fibers could be different, or the cleaner may have been reformulated and the chemicals can cause the coloring to fade or lighten or even damage the fibers all together, so do it even if you have used the concoction or cleaner in the past.