Gemini's Handy Spotting Guide For Carpets

Want to try your hand at removing a spot yourself? Try these tricks! 

First, Review the Do's and Don'ts, then proceed.

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Terminology

A few words

Scrape - Use a spoon or dull knife to remove bulk of spill

Blot- Use soft terri-cloth towel and press firmly on spot

 

Flush- Use Cold water only

 

Dry Cleaning Solvents- Apply dry-cleaning solvent to a clean white terri-cloth towel and work spot

Wet-Spotter- Mix 1 part mild dish soap with 8 parts cold water

Rinse- Mix 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts cold water

 

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Do's

Do This

-ACT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Removing old spots is very complicated, so act fast!

-Remove as much as possible by scraping, blotting and/or sponging. 

-Always work spot from edges to middle

-Call a professional! We will be happy to assist you with any questions you have, as well as direct you in how to try to remove the spot yourself! 

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Dont's

DON'T do this

-NEVER use heat or hot water.  Heat can set the colors of the stain.

-Never RUB the carpet, as it can fray the ends 

-Never apply solvents directly to the spot.  Use in well vented rooms and away from spark. Wear rubber gloves

-Don't use vinegar on COTTON

-Don't use alcohol on acrylics

-Don't use enzymes on wool or silk

-Don't work on a spot if you don't know what it is or what to use, please call a professional, we want to help you! 

BLOT

FLUSH

BLOT AGAIN

Repeat if necessary.

 

If red wine, soak with WHITE WINE and flush.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
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SCRAPE

BLOT

FLUSH

Apply a 1 to 8 solution of ammonia and water

RINSE

BLOT

BLOOD
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APPLY ICE, AND SCRAPE

CHEWING GUM
Gumballs

BLOT

FLUSH

(If cream & sugar)

Follow with wet spotter

RINSE

BLOT

COFFEE, TEA
Coffee

SCRAPE

BLOT

Wipe with dry solvents

BLOT

WET SPOTTER

RINSE

BLOT

COSMETICS
Makeup Brushes

BLOT

FLUSH

BLOT 

FLUSH

blot

flush

blot (LOTS OF WATER)

BLOT

KOOL-AID
Protein Drink Bottles

SCRAPE

BLOT

 

Wipe with rag treated with acetone (nail polish remover) 

BLOT

NAIL POLISH
Nail Polish

SCRAPE

Use Ice Cold Water when mixing wet spotter 

 

RINSE 

(cold water)

BLOT

BL

EGG
Egg Delivery

BLOT

Spray with HAIRSPRAY.

BLOT

 

REPEAT

INK
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SCRAPE

BLOT

Apply coarse absorbent such as corn meal. Allow to set overnight. 

Vacuum in morning.

If spot persists, wipe with solvent. If necessary, use wet-spotter, rinse & blot.

GREASE/OIL/BUTTER
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Moisten with cold water. Squeeze on lemon juice.

FLUSH

BLOT

RUST
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SCRAPE

BLOT

Use wet-spotter

RINSE

BLOT

PAINT/LATEX (OIL BASE)
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BLOT​-FLUSH

BLOT-RINSE

BLOT

SCRAPE

RINSE

BLOT

WET-SPOTTER

BLOT RINSE

PET SPOTS/URINE/FECES
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