Quick Help for Commercial Carpet Spills
No matter how careful your employees try to be, they will eventually spill something, track gum in on their shoes or have some other type of accident on your carpet. If you work in a public access area, the odds are that something happens daily. While you need an excellent cleaning service, you also need to quickly clean up the mess because the longer it sits, the more likely it is to become permanent.
Materials You Need to Remove Carpet Stains
You do not need many supplies to take care of most carpet stains. In most cases, you will need hot water. Cold water may be necessary if blood is involved.
Additionally, you will need some dish soap and some vinegar. They will act as your cleaning agents. Mix them together in a spray bottle.
You should also have a white towel. A white paper towel will do in a pinch, but do not use a colored towel as the colors may bleed onto your carpet.
In some cases, you may need some paper. Newspaper usually works best. You may also require a heat source, such as a hairdryer or an iron.
If the stain involves an unknown substance or blood, personal protective equipment is recommended for safety.
How to Remove Stains From Carpet
The process is straightforward to remove most stains from commercial carpet.
1. Start by combining 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon dish soap in the spray bottle, and fill it with water.
2. Spray a test spot in an inconspicuous area where no one will notice. Use a white towel to blot up the liquid in an up-and-down motion rather than a scrubbing motion.
3. Once you have determined that the carpet is not harmed, then spray the spot’s location.
4. Use the same up-and-down motion to remove the spill. Keep working at it until the spot is gone.
5. Once you see the spot coming up, keep turning your towel with each motion so that you do not spread the stain from the towel into the carpet.
Stains That Require Special Treatments
While the above method works on many stains, some will require you to use a particular technique. These include:
• Blood – Put on your personal protective equipment. Use cold water with vinegar and dish soap to get up blood.
• Wax – Cover the area with paper, and heat the area until the wax begins to melt. Then, blot up the wax. You may need to reheat the area.
• Ink – Use rubbing alcohol or hair spray to dampen the stain. Then, blot it up. You may need to respray the area.
• Gum – Fill a plastic bag with ice and set it on the stain. Wait 30 minutes before picking the gum off the carpet.
A great solution to keeping your carpet looking spotless is to contact us at The Night Shift. We would love to be your cleaning company.