Most of my carpet cleaning customers often ask about carpet spotters. What to use when you encounter a spill or accident on your floor.
The best home remedy for spotting your carpets is NOT I repeat NOT to use store bought spotters ie Resolve, Woolite, or NaturesMiracle etc. These spotters often use harsh chemicals and optical brighteners which cause damage to your expensive rugs. Masking the problem or odor.
When using products its important to use CRI certified Seal of Approval products. For more info on this visit : http://www.carpet-rug.org/
What if you don’t have a CRI-approved carpet cleaner handy? Try one of these homemade remedies:
-Use plain water. Surprisingly, water often works better than untested carpet cleaners do.
-Use a detergent solution. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water. Never use laundry detergent; it may contain bleach or simply be too harsh.
-Use a white vinegar solution. Mix one cup white (not red wine or cider) vinegar with 1 cup of water. White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes effective on tannins (weak vegetable dyes found in tea and coffee), and it leaves no residue. However, be careful because acids can set some other dye stains.
What about Pet urine and odor?
To treat urine-damaged areas, blot damp areas as soon as the urine is detected, with plain white paper toweling. Apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent (non-bleach and non-lanolin) with one cup of lukewarm water. Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent. Absorb the moisture with paper towel, rinse with warm water and repeat the application of detergent. Continue rinsing and blotting with the detergent solution and water as long as there is a transfer to the toweling or improvement in the spot. Follow the detergent application with a solution of two tablespoons of ammonia with one cup of water. Rinse with warm water and repeat. Blot dry. Blot the area with a solution of one cup white vinegar to two cups water, and blot dry. Apply a half-inch layer of paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy, non-fading object. Continue to change paper towels until completely dry.