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7 Spotters for All of Life's Messes. Your Quick Reference Stain Removal Guide.

 

1.     Speak with the homeowner

 

Point out carpet stains during your pre-inspection. Ask them if they know what the stain is, how long it’s been there, and if other cleaners, or the homeowner, have used anything to remove it.

It might already be a lost cause, so always under-promise and over-deliver.

 

 

2.     Pre-Test

 

Always pre-test by using a applying a small amount in an inconspicuous area. You should also determine the carpet type. You should be fine with most nylon and polyester carpets. Wool and other textiles require special care that is not addressed in this article.

 

 

3.     Clean and Extract

 

Many stains will come up simply by using a good pre-spray, agitation with Brush Pro, and then extraction with a powerful truckmount. This is especially true of stains on polyester carpet, which doesn’t really stain. Stains on polyester are generally oily spots that have attracted dirt and have taken on a dingy color. Hot extraction cleaning will be the best option here.

 

 

4.     Use Spotter(s) as needed

 

See outline below.

 

 

5.     Rinse and extract spotting solution

 

Make sure you remove all spotter residue. If you don’t, it’ll clean off the soles of those walking on it and lead to resoiling.

 

 

6.     Mist Spot Stop onto cleaned spot to prevent resoiling and wicking.

 

 

 

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Stain Removal Guide

 

Type of Stain: Organic

Examples: fruit juice, blood, red wine, coffee

Use: Oxidizer – Stain Zone

 

Type of Stain: Synthetic

Examples: sports drinks, Kool-Aid®, soft drinks (heavy staining), coffee (decaf), food coloring

Use: Reducer – Red Zone Ready

 

Type of Stain: Oil-Based

Examples: lipstick, mascara, marker, crayon

Use: Solvent – All-Solv Extreme

 

Type of Stain: Mixed or Unknown

Examples: chocolate, soft drinks (light staining), egg, jam/jelly, ketchup

Use: All-Purpose – Avenge Pro

 

Type of Stain: Pet or Organic

Examples: urine, vomit, feces, skunk odor

Use: Urine – Bio Release, All-in-One Urine Stain Remover

 

Type of Stain: Rust

Examples: rust

Use: Rust – T-Rust

 

Type of Stain: Gum Break

Examples: gum, adhesives, glues

Use: Gum Break

 

See our Spotting Guide for instructions on how to remove over 100 stains on carpet, upholstery, and hard surfaces. You can add this link to the home screen on your phone and refer to it as needed in the field.

 

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