Kleenrite’s Basic Spot, Spill & Stain Removal Guide
There will come a time when you will spill something on one of your valuable fabrics, and the question will come to mind – “what should I do?” Fibers, especially wool, are very resilient to spills … but they are also very reactive to harsh chemicals … so you want to keep your spill system quick, simple, and safe. We offer a very safe and effective spot remover that you can use. It is called Kleenrite’s Famous Home Pro Spot Cleaner. Call to get yours today from Kleenrite Carpet Care at 631-451-1349.
To remove visible spots and stains follow these simple directions:
1) A LIQUID spill: immediately BLOT with a white cotton terry cloth towel (do NOT scrub the fibers or you’ll distort and potentially damage them). Also, DO NOT use a brush, this also has the potential to damage the fibers and cause an irreversible situation.
A NON-liquid spill: immediately scrape up material with a plastic spoon and a disposable plastic cup or paper plate so the clean up is a snap. Then gently BLOT Do Not Scrub with a white cotton terry cloth towel.
2) Look at the towel for two things:
• Is the spill absorbing into the towel?
• Are any of the dyes from the fibers absorbing into the towel?
3) If the fabrics dyes are absorbing or transferring into the towel, blot a bit more and then STOP. No more work can be done to this area without causing this area’s dyes to bleed together. This type of damage can devalue your fabric, area rug, etc… so you want to stop before you make it worse. Every fabric has different dyes to make up its colors so please be very careful, they can bleed very easy.
4) If the fabric’s dyes are not absorbing into the towel & (only the color of the spill is seen), then place a folded towel underneath the affected area. Take a bowl of CLUB SODA and then use a sponge to get the location of the spill wet again – not soaking wet, just enough so the fibers are damp.
5) Take a new clean white towel and blot the top of the fabric to continue pulling out the spill from the fibers (the club soda helps to keep the spill “suspended” so you can move it to the cotton towel when you GENTLY BLOT). Keep in mind to move to different areas of the clean white towel, this will make sure you do not redistribute the spill back into the fabric.
6) When no more spill material is visible, face a small fan at the freshly cleaned area. If you are working on an area rug use a clean white towel, create a “sandwich” with a folded towel under the spill and one on top, and either stand on this area or put a heavy book, weight or brick on it for about 10 minutes so it absorbs as much moisture as possible.
7) Remove the towels and elevate the damp area so that it can dry completely. Most rugs have a cotton foundation which is very absorbent, so you have to be absolutely certain this “skeleton” of your rug is 100% dry so mildew will not grow. Use a hair dryer (on cool or warm setting) on both the front and back of the rug to help speed up the drying process, or keep it propped up to “air dry” for at least 24 hours for a small spill, and longer for larger ones (or if your rug is thick). You can also use a small house box fan or other type of fan over night to dry the rug just make sure the rug gets airflow underneath the damp area.
Pet Urine Spots & Stains On Area Rugs
A different set of problems arises with “old” pet urine stains. When a pet urine stain is “fresh” it is a strong acid stain. After it has dried completely, and has sat in the fibers for several days, it becomes a strong alkaline stain. The problem with high alkalinity and wool is that it yellows the wool, and it also counteracts the mordant process that holds the dyes onto the wool fibers. It essentially makes the dyes “dissolve” weaken and bleed easily. Even a rug with colorfast dyes will bleed and fade in the areas that have old pet urine stains. So, the key in handling all pet stains is getting to the area as fast as you can.
Of all the possible spills to happen to your rugs, pet urine and pet vomit are the worst. Because they go on hot and acidic, they actually re-dye the fibers, and “set” them at the same time – so if you are not quick these will become permanent stains that will devalue your rug. You need to follow the spill steps: blot, rinse, blot, and then dry fast! If the rug has dyes that show up in the towel in the first blotting step, then substitute a 50/50 white vinegar and water mixture for the Club Soda and get the area only slightly damp – NOT wet. For pet feces, you must pick up as much as you can before you begin the Club Soda process. We recommend using a plastic spoon and a disposable paper plate or plastic bag to get rid of the feces.
Basic Pet Odor Removal On Area Rugs
To remove odors associated with all of these pet “emergencies,” misting Nature’s Miracle® on the areas helps to remove some of the odor-causing bacteria. Resist the urge to saturate the rug with Nature’s Miracle®, because pouring any product on a rug is never a good idea. With pet urine, if it is a substantial amount then it has penetrated the wool or silk fibers and has been absorbed into the rug’s cotton foundation. In this case, the only way you will be able to remove the odor will be to give the rug a full immersion ‘bath.’ At Kleenrite’s Rug Spa we have the necessary tools and solutions to eliminate pet urine odor from your valuable rug. To learn more visit our Pet Odor & Stain Removal page. If it is just a spot we offer a pet odor & urine removal product that you can purchase from us at Kleenrite Carpet Care. If you think that your in over your head or may even cause irreversible damage to your family heirloom then by all means call a professional cleaning company right away.
Call Kleenrite Carpet Care at 631-451-1349.