Everyone has at one time or another an unfortunate spill or accident. Typically the first reaction is to go in the kitchen grab whatever you could and get that wet spill dry before staining sets. Timing is of the essence before you have a permanent ugly spot in your home. We here at InstaDRY has come across many customers who have bleached out a spot in their carpets when they were using the grocery store strain treatment products. Sometimes the stains can get permanently set from these products.
First off, remain calm. I received this advice from a good friend a long time ago and this works very well. Many of our customers has used this advice and it worked very well for them. For a wet spill, blot with a clean white towel. Then leave another clean white towel on the spill after you are done blotting. Make sure the towel has been weighted down by an object (i.e. books or other flat items with weight). A barrier like aluminum foil is preferred between the towel and object to prevent damage to the object. If it is still moist in the morning, then repeat the process using dry towels.
There could be discoloration from that spot when it dries. If it does, then try the following:
(Be sure to work from the outside-in so you do not spread the spot)
- Mix a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent in a half cup of warm water. With your fingertips moisten a white towel and dab the spot lightly. Alternately dab, and then blot with a dry towel. If the color transfers in to the towel continue the process until color transfer stops. After color transfer stops use a damp towel to blot the area to remove any remaining detergent from carpet fibers. Then cover with dry towels using the overnight steps above.
- If color does not transfer, try the same “dab & blot” techniques using a half cup of white vinegar mixed in one half cup warm water. If the color transfers, continue the process as above. Then cover with dry towels using the same overnight technique.
If neither 1 nor 2 shows color transfer, call your professional carpet cleaner.