With the Holidays quickly approaching (Do you have all your shopping done?) that can mean spills and messes on your carpets. With these messes it can mean you will want to grab a store bought spotter. Store bought spotters are often misleading and many people do not take the time to read the instructions, but we urge you to do so.

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Here are some red flags to look for:

Does the product claim that it can get out a wide range of stains? There is not a single product that can get out every type of stain. Trust us, if there was – we would know about it.

Does the product have the word ‘oxy’ in it? We recommend that you steer clear of any product that has those words or a variation of them in it. Here is why – we do use products in our stain removal arsenal that are known as oxidizers. The purpose of these products are to remove organic based stains. We have spent hundreds of hours training and learning how to use these products properly. Oxy type products have the ability to remove color from your carpet causing an irreversible color loss to the carpet. This irreversible damage can generate faster with the presence of sunlight. We also completely rinse out any spotting products and cleaning agents that we put into the carpet so this never happens. Store bought ‘oxy’ products are rarely rinsed out and over time they can still cause damage to your carpet with the residue that they leave behind.

Residue, Residue, RESIDUE! We cannot stress enough how damaging residue can be to a carpet. Sure, the product you purchased may remove the spill but the residue that it leaves behind may do more damage than good. Many spills will ‘wick’ to the surface during the drying process. If you have ever successfully removed a spot, only to find it come back a day or two later – that is why. Now the big problem – many of the spotting products on the market are higher in alkalinity(higher pH), and most dyes are acid. When an alkaline meets an acid it can reach a mostly neutral state. What this means is if there were any dyes that came to the surface during the drying process, there is a good chance that they have now been neutralized and set – leaving an extremely difficult to remove stain and often permanent stain.

spot-out-carpet-spotterTHE GREAT NEWS: We give each one of our clients a FREE bottle of our Spot Out spot removal product. This product is very safe and will not cause any of the issues previously mentioned. Ask us about your FREE bottle of Spot Out at your next cleaning appointment.

Our goal is to help you maintain the quality, texture, and health of the carpet you worked so hard at picking out. We also want to help you maintain it to protect your investment. We are not trying to persuade you to never buy another store bought product again. We run into these mistakes and problems quite often and dislike telling our amazing clients that a store bought product has permanently damaged their carpet. We are more than happy to help advise you with spot removal tips and can even recommend products for your specific needs.

Here are some more carpet maintenance tips to help during the holidays.