Emergency Carpet Stain Tips
Do you have an emergency stain or spill on your carpet? Follow these fast, no B.S. instructions!
Quickly grab an open top trash can and a bunch of towels. Get some cardboard to scoop up chunky stuff if necessary. Rip a cereal box in half if you have to.
1. If you have a wet/dry vacuum, skip immediately to Step 3. Otherwise…
Use two pieces of cardboard to scoop up large pieces of solid material (dog poo, vomit, a bowl of chili, etc.).
Use towels or paper towels to soak up the rest. Put several layers over the stain and stand on them. Your body weight will soak up liquids without damaging the carpet. DO NOT SCRUB.
2. Fill a cereal bowl 2/3rds full with water and squeeze 15 drops of dish soap in. If you have rubbing alcohol, add 2 or 4 tablespoons (doesn’t have to be exact…just guess).
Don’t freak out. The stain has already happened and nothing you do from this point will make it any worse. Your stains fate has already been determined and all you can do is let it play out.
Pour or spray some of the solution onto the stain, cover it with several layers of towels, and stand on it for several seconds. DO NOT SCRUB. Repeat until you no longer see progress.
3. If you have a wet/dry vacuum like a Shop-Vac, use it to suck up extra material/moisture. Fill a cereal bowl 2/3rds full with water and squeeze 15 drops of dish soap in. If you have rubbing alcohol, add a 2 or 4 tablespoons (doesn’t have to be exact…just guess). Pour or spray some of the solution onto the stain and suck it back up with your wet/dry vac. Repeat until you no longer see progress.
BAM! Problem solved. Well…hopefully. This process won’t work on every possible stain, but it is the absolute best do-it-yourself method, especially if you have a wet/dry vac. I know there are a lot of “tips and tricks” to found on the interwebs, but the bloggers who write them are not pros. I am. Take it from me…I know what I’m talking about people!
Expect success with many food spills, pet poo and pee IF you get to it immediately, dirt, mud, tar, grease, shoe polish and makeup.
Do not expect complete success with grass stains, old pet poo and pee, blood, red food dye (Kool-Aid & Gatorade) and red wine. You should still follow the above steps to at least get the yucky stuff cleaned up, but there will likely be a leftover stain you can’t get out. However…
If this process doesn’t work, do not despair! A qualified professional can probably remove your stain. And the beauty of this process is, it won’t set the stain or leave behind excess soap residue like over-the-counter products do. If you use chemicals or products besides what I’ve suggested above, you are seriously handicapping a professional cleaner should you decide to hire one later on. Soap residue and harsh chemicals can interfere with a pro cleaner’s methods, and it’s possible they’ll completely destroy any chance he may have had at being successful.
Of course, if it’s in your budget, you can just call me, Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning. I’m great at fitting emergency appointments in–even if it’s late at night or on weekends–and I’m an absolute stud when it comes to stain removal.
I might suggest you save my number in your cell phone so you can call right away if the need arises. And if you just have questions, you can feel free to call me even if you aren’t ready to hire me yet.
Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning 424-477-2074