How to Clean Up drink Spills on Carpet
Brand new carpet! And your neighbor's little kid Timmy decides he's thirsty! "What does little Timmy want to drink?", you ask. "I want some grape juice in a giant plastic tumbler with no lid, because I'm a big kid now!" Against your better judgement, you give him what he asks. Just as you hand him the cup he heads for the family room to watch some cartoons and sure enough drops the cup!
In your mind you see the picture to the right! It's instant devastation!
My new carpet is ruined! What do I do?!
Let's look at a couple ways to treat this unforeseen "Timmy disaster"!
The kids enjoy what you give them, but after all, they are kids. So something gets spilled. For some weird reason, this never happens on non-carpeted areas. It always hits the freshly cleaned or new carpet!
So what to do?
Step #1 First of all, don’t panic. Gather your senses and realize this isn’t the end of the world.
Step #2 Start blotting. You want to use white cotton or paper towels, with no print or dyes, and blot – blot – blot! Most of any spotting or staining substance will come right out because the towel you are using is more absorbent than the carpet the drink was spilled on.
Step #3 It may be appropriate, with some coaching from Clean MAX USA, to do some spotting. Use a spotting product, like a mild neutral detergent spotter or the Clean MAX USA Spot OUT. Apply a small amount to the spot and keep blotting. Never scrub. Scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers and you can’t fix that. Keep blotting.
Step #4 Did we say keep blotting? Keep it up! You may need to apply more approved mild detergent spotter or Clean MAX USA Spot Out. One thing you do not want to do is apply too much moisture, as that gets into the backing of the carpet and into the padding, creating additional problems.
Step #5 Once the spot is gone, it’s time to dry the carpet. How to do this? Keep blotting, of course! But also aim a fan on the spot and let the air current remove more moisture.
Is the spot still there? It may be a stain or just may need a professional cleaning service. Some very tough to remove spots like mustard, colored juice, soda, etc. may require professional help to remove completely. It is definitely worth calling your carpet cleaning pro, Clean MAX USA, to save your carpet from being ruined. We always recommend not trying special concocktions from the internet, as most of those ideas may set the spot and become a permanent stain.
We are here to help. If it's too much work or you are afraid of ruining your expensive carpeting, give us a call!
Make that phone call especially for pet “accidents.” At Clean MAX USA we know exactly what needs to be done to keep your home spot and stain free!
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