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Regular cleaning of carpet and upholstery removes most spots without additional effort.
However, there are some spots - ones that can become stains - that require planning and more steps than simple cleaning procedures.
"Catastrophic" spills occur in many homes, businesses and facilities, and need professional skill.
Some catastrophic spills that you should step back and analyze before proceeding include:
As an example, look at this first photograph.
This "spill" is from two jars of spaghetti sauce rolling off a surface and crashing together on the carpet.
A catastrophe, especially to the uninformed.
Even the most thorough occupant isn''t going to be able to easily remove the spotting substance - in fact, if the wrong procedure is used, the spot can become a permanent stain.
As most professional cleaners know, simply rinsing the sauce from the carpet doesn''t always work.
It takes some planning.
The first step to a catastrophic spill is to remove as much of the spill as possible, before applying cleaning solutions.
This can mean gently scraping, blotting, and then rinsing. And there can be other materials you should concentrate on, such as bits of broken glass if the spill came from a broken container.
Plan your attack
When it comes to cleaning catastrophic spills, think ahead.
After removing the excess spotting material, either by scraping, vacuuming, blotting, etc. it''s time to plan your attack.
Before applying cleaning solution, think about what the spot is made of. It''s time to ask some questions:
Even catastrophic spills, such as the spaghetti sauce in the photo above, can be completely removed.
Proper steps to success
After scraping the excess away, and rinsing with warm water, an enzyme digester was applied, worked into the fibers, and allowed to dwell.
Then, after rinsing the enzyme and more of the sauce from the carpet, an alkaline spotting gel solution was applied to help remove the final "haze" of the substance, worked in, and rinsed.
The results were very acceptable, as you can see in this photo.
The best way to plan your attack is to think about the ingredients of the spot. Then, you can use the proper chemistry and method for complete removal.
With some practice, and the right information at your fingertips, you can remove virtually any spot or stain and handle any type of cleaning challenge.
The Cleanfax magazine Stain Guide has detailed information to help you remove virtually any type of spot or stain.