Stain removal tips from CFM

This week on the blog, we are excited to have a guest entry from our friends at Contract Furnishing Mart!

Contract Furnishings Mart is the premier floor covering, cabinet and countertop supplier in the Northwest. As a wholesale supplier to the trade since 1981, they have the resources to work on any size project and an unsurpassed selection of products. With 11 locations through Portland and Seattle they are the Northwest’s largest floor covering dealer.

What to do when that wine jumps out of your glass and lands on your flooring?
By Nicole Schmidt, Contract Furnishings Mart


We’ve all been there, a once pristine floor gets soiled and we panic. What should I do? How do I clean this up? Well, for starters you should act quickly! Delaying may cause the spill to become a permanent stain. But beyond that, here are some pointers, best practices, and what not to do’s.
Blot liquids right away with a dry, white absorbent cloth or white paper towels. Gently scrape up semi-solids with a rounded spoon. Break up solids and vacuum.
Pretest any spot removal solution (for color transfer to the cloth or damage to the carpet) in an inconspicuous area. If a change occurs, select another solution.

Cleaning carpet with cloth and  sprayer close up


Apply a small amount of the solution to a white cloth, and work in gently – do not rub — working from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent spreading. Allow to remain on the spill a few minutes. Be patient. Blot.
Continue to use the first agent as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. Be patient. Complete removal may require repeating the same step several times. Or, you may need to move to the next solution.
When the spill is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water; blot with a dry cloth until all moisture is removed.
A dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to minimize drying time.
Residue Precautions: Many spot removal solutions leave residues in the carpet that may attract soil. Thoroughly rinse the area several times with lukewarm tap water. A mist type sprayer is recommended to prevent over wetting. Blot with paper towels and pat dry after each rinse. Several rinses are often necessary to thoroughly remove residues. Never use any of the solutions in concentrations stronger than those recommended.
And of course, the best solution is to call a professional and have them treat the area properly for removal and without leaving residues behind. For more ideas on what to do with specific stains, you can use our stain removal tool on our website.