Spillage First Aid

The successful removal of spills and spots is usually dependant upon the initial “First Aid Treatment”. Do the wrong thing and you could permanently damage your valuable carpets or upholstery.

Immediate attention to a spillage is essential. Even distilled water can damage some carpets and fabrics if not attended to.

For all but the smallest spillage, absorbing the liquid with a towel is essential. Fold the towel into a pad, place on the wet area, apply some pressure and allow the wicking action of the towel to absorb the spillage. Repeat this procedure until you have absorbed as much as you can.

The next stage, or the first stage for a small spillage, is to make a pad from some plain white paper kitchen towel, I use three sheets, and place the pad over the damp area and continue to absorb any residual liquid. With paper towels, you will be able to see if any further liquid is being removed. Repeat this process until the last pad you use remains dry.

If your carpet has been treated with a stain resist protector such as Enviroshield or Stainshield, this may be all you need to do to completely remove the spillage. Any residual staining will be less concentrated than otherwise would be the case, so the likelihood of complete stain removal is more likely.

You must never rub or scrub your carpets or fabrics. This will frequently lead to permanent damage.

Never treat a spot or stain without first carrying out the First Aid Treatment described above.

Don’t pour white wine on top of red in the hope that some miraculous chemical reaction will make the stain magically disappear.

If in doubt about what to do, contact a professional carpet cleaner FIRST. Afterwards may be too late.

Safe and happy cleaning 🙂
Ken

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