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Spotting, a how to guide

Professional spotting has come a long way. I have been in the cleaning industry for over 20 years now. When I first started working on spots it could be really hazardous. The big thing, and still is, don’t make it worse. Spotting agents are designed to loosen the spot from the fiber. What happens when the spot is loosened? It could just sit there or it could spread. Proper technique with an ink stain is to never apply the spotter directly to the spot. Apply the spotter to a white cotton towel. Then wipe towards the center of the ink spot. Never rubbing back and forth. Rubbing back and forth can spread the spot. Making the spot larger is not what we are after. You keep repeating the process until either the spot disappears or the ink stops appearing on the towel.

Some of the more modern spotters we use today are encapsulation products that allow us to break some of the rules are stated above. One rule that never changes though is to test for color fastness before you begin. Know what your spotter might do to the carpet fibers before you start working in the middle of your room. Always safety first.

Some spots will require rinsing with a professional machine, as well as professional assistance with removal. So call a professional for difficult to remove spots and get your carpeting cleaned on an annual basis. Cleaning is not just about appearance its also about keeping a healthy indoor environment.

We also clean furniture, rugs and air ducts. So when your ready to get your carpeting cleaned give us a call. Carpet cleaning page link.


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