Most accidental spots and spills
on your upholstery or carpet can be resolved with no permanent
damage to the fibers. More serious damage usually results
from overreacting. Follow the advice below for immediate
cleanup, and give us a call to walk you through other necessary
spot cleaning steps.
Some upholstery and carpet
fibers stain more easily than others. A stain is when a
colored substance permanently binds to a textile. It is
possible certain spills can permanently stain some textiles.
If a spill is going to stain, it occurs almost instantly.
Before you have a chance to find a towel, the damage is
Carefully remove as much of
the spilled substance as possible. If there is a residue
or discoloration, waiting 24 hours to complete the spot
cleaning procedure will normally be OK.
Rug Cleaning Tips
Often spills will bead up or stay on the outside
of the yarns. Slowly place an absorbent towel on top
of the spill. Many times the liquid will be more attracted
to the towel than the textile it was spilled on. Avoid
pushing a substance on the surface deeper into the
fiber. The magic word is blot. Aggressive rubbing
can permanently distort some textile fibers.
*Do not rinse upholstery with water unless there is
a consumer spot cleaning label on the upholstered piece
which states it is safe to use water. ( W or SW means
safe with water.)
If the spill occurs on carpet,
it is usually safe to carefully use water to rinse the residue
from the fibers. Blot with an absorbent towel to remove the
Spills that have more substance such as foods need to be
carefully scooped up first. The goal is to avoid forcing
the spill deeper into the fibers. Carefully blot with an
absorbent towel and then rinse with water if safe.
Carefully scoop up excess trying to avoid working the substance
deeper into the fibers. Carefully dry vacuum the surface
spill and then gently move fibers to clean any of the spill
that settled deeper into the textile.
Please call us if you need our help or have any questions!
We will gladly walk you through any necessary procedures
that you can do yourself. There are times and situations
when it is more appropriate for a trained professional to
perform certain delicate procedures. We will be glad to
assist you in those cases.