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5 Steps to Effective Spot Removal

A frustrating problem many cleaning professionals must grapple with is spots that reappear after carpets have been cleaned. There are a number of reasons for this but they commonly can be narrowed down to two: the spot was not totally removed or it has been removed but re-soiling has occurred.

To explain further and help address this issue, this month's Powr-Flite Troubleshooter focuses on reappearing carpet spots and how to get rid of them for good. 

According to Debby Davis, product manager for Powr-Flite, the most important aspect of "permanent" spot removal is to take care of it as quickly as possible "and treat it before deep cleaning the carpet."

She adds that it is also crucial to determine what the spot is. Is it oil, blood, food, coffee, urine, vomit or mud? This will determine the best spotting compound to remove it.

After determining the spotter compound needed, Davis suggests taking the following steps to help permanently remove carpet spots:  

  1. Use white absorbent towels to blot up as much of the spill/spot as possible.
  2. Using a fresh white towel, put the spotter on the towel (not directly onto the carpet) then blot the spot again. Avoid over wetting.
  3. Work from the outside of the stain to the middle.
  4. Use a portable spotting extractor to thoroughly rinse the area and pull any remaining stain from the carpet. Again, avoid over wetting.
  5. Use a dryer (air mover) to make sure the area is completely dry to prevent wicking.


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