1. Catch it while it’s fresh: If you are able to clean up a spill immediately after, the chances for removal are 75% better. Do NOT iron or hot-air dry until the stain is completely gone. Heat actually sets most stains.
2. Blot the liquid and scrape the solid: First blot up as much liquid as you can. If it’s a solid substance, scrape up as what you can. On large liquid spills, you can use a wet/dry vacuum. Be careful not to spread the stain.
3. Testing 1, 2, 3: Test any chemical you intend to use in a hidden area to make sure it won’t discolor or damage the surface.
4. Apply spotter: Once you apply a spotter, work from the outside of the stain in. This will help to avoid any spreading. Blot, don’t scrub; strike with the flat surface of spotting brush if needed to help break up the stain.
5. Rinse: Rinse chemical spotters out with water, then blot the area dry and feather the edges.
6. Extract moisture: On carpet and upholstery, put a thick pad of toweling over the spot. Try weighing it down with books and leave it there over night to “wick up” any remaining moisture.
Depending on the stain, you can attack fresh spills on carpet areas with neutral dish detergents, clear household ammonia (white vinegar), wet spotter, dry spotter, paint thinner, etc. Make sure to have a terry cloth, spotting brush, scraper, and a wet/dry vacuum on hand.
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