If that party food lands on your carpets, there are a couple things you should do to help prevent that stain from setting permanently.
- Soak up as much of the spill with a white cloth. Stand on the cloth to exert the most pressure so you can get most of the spill to soak into the towel.
- Most spots that don’t contain dyes will release with a Chem-Dry Spot Remover. Rinse the area with the spot remover. If a spot remover is not available, rinse sparingly with cold water and soak up the moisture.
- Never “rub” a spot as you can do more damage to the carpet fiber. Many “over-the-counter” cleaners will actually “set” a stain making it impossible for a professional to remove the stain. So stick with a Chem-Dry Spot Remover or cold water.
- If the spot does contain red dyes (salsa, ketchup, tea, ect), follow the same procedure with the towel and spot remover. Many times these spots will still be noticeable after rinsing with spot remover because they have “dyed” the carpeting. Even if a Chem-Dry Spot Remover does not totally remove that red stain, it is still possible for a Chem-Dry professional to tackle the stain. We will need to reverse this process with Red Alert that can remove that red dye in the carpet.
- Don’t panic! Chances are good if you follow these steps and call Chem-Dry of Michiana if you have a lingering problem, your carpet can be saved.
Carpets come in all colors with light colored carpets showing more stains than a darker colored carpet. But any carpets, light or dark, that are protected with factory applied protection have a really good chance with stain removal. However, protectants are not bullet proof and some stains can be permanent. It is important to know the difference between permanent carpet stains and stains that have just adhered to the carpet fibers but can be removed.
An example of a permanent stain would come from bleach, or a product that has bleach in it like a household cleaner. Bleach will remove the dye color from the carpet. An area discolored by bleach needs to have color added back into the carpet or it will be a permanent stain. Your best bet in a bleach stain is to call a professional to discuss your options of spot dying or a carpet repair.
Stains consisting of dyes, such as nail polish, juice, food, drink spills or fruit punch, are in many cases removable by a Chem-Dry technician. Your best bet when a stain appears from a dye product is to blot it with a white towel to remove as much moisture as you can and then call us. We can guide you as to the best procedure for your stain. Many times a dye stain can become a permanent stain just from the product you put on it to try and remove it!