The key to successful spot removal is getting to it as quick as possible. Keep this page bookmarked, or make a copy of it so you will be able to refer to it when you need it. Be sure to let your friends and family know about this spotting guide so they will be able to use it as well.
Your Basic Spot Removal Kit
Wet / Dry Shop Vac, dry towels and your favorite spotter such as Spot Out provided by Dave’s Pristine Carpet Care, LLC.
Dave’s steps to Removing Spots
1. Catch it while it’s fresh, when chances of removal are 75% better.
2. Please don’t panic and start to rub and scrub. This can work the stain into the fiber permanently and may even distort the fibers. Remember, the carpet protector we applied is desperately trying to hold the stain out till you get to it. Don’t defeat that by scrubbing it in. Grab a towel and absorb the spill. If it is large, blot from the outside to the middle to avoid spreading it.
3. Get your Wet/Dry Shop Vac, open up the top and take off the paper or cloth filter. Get a large cup or pitcher full of water. Vacuum any of the spill you can get up first, then with vacuum running, apply a heavy dose of water in a 3-6 inch circle and immediately vacuum up. If it’s a large spill, move to the next 3-6 inches till finished. If spot is gone, the water may be all you needed.
4. If that didn’t do the job, get your spotter. Apply the spotter and let it set on the spot for 5-10 minutes. Repeat with water and vacuum rinse. If you don’t rinse all the spotter out, it’s like leaving a sign on the spot saying, “All dirt stick here.” Believe me it will!
5. Take a dry towel and buff lightly to absorb any extra water.
6. If stain persists, your last, best chance will be laundry prespray. Spray it on and let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse again using hot water and your shop vac. If it was a hot spill such as coffee or tea, you may want to cover it with a wet, hot towel (heated in the microwave) for a few minutes, before rinsing with hot water. This opens the fibers of the carpet and gives you a better chance of removing the stain. VERY IMPORTANT – Make sure you rinse all the laundry prespray out of the carpet so it won’t possibly bleach your carpet.
After you’ve done this technique a time or two, you can do it within a matter of a couple minutes, especially if you have your own dedicated shop vac that you can pull out of the closet quickly.