Helpful Tips to Assist You!
Most accidental spots and spills on your upholstery or carpet can be resolved with no permanent damage to the fibers. More serious damage usually results from overreacting. Follow the advice below for immediate cleanup, and give us a call to walk you through other necessary spot cleaning steps. The magic word is blot!
Some upholstery and carpet fibers stain more easily than others. A stain is when a colored substance permanently binds to a textile. It is possible certain spills can permanently stain some textiles. If a spill is going to stain, it occurs almost instantly. Before you have a chance to find a towel, the damage is already done.
Often spills will bead up or stay on the outside of the yarns. Slowly place an absorbent towel on top of the spill. Many times the liquid will be more attracted to the towel than the textile it was spilled on. Avoid pushing a substance on the surface deeper into the fiber. The magic word is blot. Aggressive rubbing can permanently distort some textile fibers.
*Do not rinse upholstery with water unless there is a consumer spot cleaning label on the upholstered piece which states it is safe to use water. (W or SW means safe with water.)
If the spill occurs on carpet, it is usually safe to carefully use water to rinse the residue from the fibers. Blot with an absorbent towel to remove the rinsing water.
HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR HOME?
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- Do you have any cats or dogs?
- Do you or anyone else in your family smoke in the house?
- Do you vacuum your carpeting less than twice a week?
- Has it been longer than 12 months since you’ve had your carpets professionally cleaned?
- Has it been longer than 18 months since you’ve had your upholstery cleaned and sanitized?
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