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Spotting Guide

The key to successful spot removal is getting to its as quick as possible. keep this page book marked, or make a copy of it so you will be able to refer to it when you need it. Be sure to let you friends and family know about this spotting guide so the will be able to use it as well. Did you know that by having your carpets clean a minimum of once a year could add 7 years to the life of carpet along with many health benefits.

Your Basic Spot Removal Kit

Keep the following items on hand so you will be prepared to handle fresh spills on your carpet: 

Elite Spot Out Stain Remover

Neutral dish detergent such as Joy or Dawn(dilute 20:1) as Neutral hard surface cleaner

Clear household ammonia to remove grease

White vinegar(diute 1:1) as a rinse

Dry spotter such as Dissolve

Odorless mineral spirits

Hydrogen peroxide(3% solution) for bleaching pet urine stains

denatured or isopropyl alcohol 

A good supply of white terry cloths

Spotting Brush

If you have pets, stock a bacteria/enzyme digester such as Liquid Alive. A wet/dry vac is great to have as well.

 The 6 Steps to Removing Spots

1. Catch it while it's fresh, when chances of removal are 75% better. Don't iron or hot-air dry until the stain is gone. Heat will set most stains.

2. First blot up all the liquid and scrape up all the solids you can. On a large liquid spill you can use a wet/dry vac. Be careful no to spread the stain.

3. Test any chemical you intend to use in a hidden area to make sure it won't discolor or damage the surface. Never use enzymes or high ph cleaners on any natural fiber(Wool or Silk).

4. Apply spotter and work from the outside of the stain in, to avoid spreading. Blot, don't scrub. Strike with the flat face of a spotting brush if needed to help break up the stain.

5. One of the important steps, Rinse chemical spotters out with mixture(dilute 1:1) white vinegar/water, blot the area dry and feather the edges. Brush or fluff up pile or nap.

6. On carpet and upholstery, put a thick pad of white toweling over spot, weight it down with glassware, and leave it there overnight to "wick up" any remaining moisture.

Tile Cleaning 

1. For tile that has been professional sealed by Elite Total Restoration LLC clean up is made simple.!

2. Always sweep up or vacuum and dry soil before mopping tile.

3. Use neutral floor cleaner with a microfiber mop and avoid any strong or acid cleaners that can remove grout sealant.

4. Avoid any bleach, to kill bacteria use about cup of peroxide in your cleaning water.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a free estimate give us a call!