It's bound to happen. Sooner or later, if you have carpet in your home, you are going to spill something on it. So why not prepare yourself for the inevitable event? Follow these few carpet cleaning
tips to ensure your carpet's health and long-term life:
The sooner you can get to the spill the better. Your carpet's fibers are notorious for quickly sopping up everything you spill on it, the faster you can start to treat it, the better.
Take a white paper towel and gently blot, don't rub (that'll just push the stain deeper into your carpet), the stain and absorb as much of the spill as you can. Move from the outside to the inside of the spill, this will prevent the spill from spreading. If you have to use a towel or dishrag, make sure to use a white one as color can transfer to your carpet in the blotting process.
Once you've pulled up as much of the spill as you can, use a carpet cleaning solution on the area. If the solution is a spray, make sure to spray outside of the affected area as well. Spills and stains are a lot like icebergs; there's more going on under the surface then you might be able to see. If you're treating an existing stain, it's undoubtedly spread out at the bottom of your carpet so make sure you treat the outlaying area as well. If your solution is not a spray, make sure to apply the product the same way you absorbed the spill, blotting the solution into the carpet. Again, make sure to apply the solution to the area around the stain as well to make sure you get the underlying spill or stain too.
Follow the directions on your solution for duration, amount, and dry time. Once finished, make sure to let the area dry completely before use. Also, it's always best to check a small area or sample of your carpet to see how and if the product will work. For instance, spray or apply some of your solution in a closet or in a corner of a room and give it some time to set. If it doesn't adversely affect your carpet then you're good to go.
With a bit of calculated foresight on your behalf, coupled with a quick response, you'll be ready to handle any carpet cleaning
problem that pops up!