Ohh Spot! Now What? by Jason Soler, A.C.E.

Ohh Spot! Now What?

8 Simple Rules to Spot Clean Your Carpet


A couple Sundays ago, we had a group of friends over watching the Denver/New England  Football Playoff game and in the middle of the excitement, as the Denver Broncos scored their second touchdown, my son jumps and drops his can of soda on our brand new carpet, spilling the contents all over. 

     This scenario and other like these, happen everyday, so what can we do keep our carpets clean and stain free? Here are some easy steps:

1. Act Quickly! Most carpets available today have been treated with a stain-resisting treatments; so many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no carpet is completely stain proof.

2. Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white (no printing) paper towels.

3. Do not scrub the area! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion in the affected area. Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry. For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a rounded spoon or a plastic putty knife. Solids should be broken up and vacuumed until completely removed.

4. Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Blot, absorbing as much as possible, and repeat if necessary.

5. If treating the spot chemically, identified the spot first, this will determine the chemical spotter to be used to remove the spot and follow the directions carefully.

6. As a precaution, always Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to make certain the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds. Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected.

  1. Avoid use of any harsh chemicals, strong cleaners or “home remedies”. There is always some risk in spot removal of damaging the textile, irreversibly altering the stained color, or otherwise ‘setting’ the stain. This is especially true if using strong chemicals, improper products or procedures. Avoid overuse or over wetting the stain as this may cause it to spread or be absorbed deeper into the carpet pile fibers or fabric. Harsh rubbing or use of cleaners with optical brighteners will result in variations in color, pile direction, or shading. These changes may remain even after stain removal or following a thorough cleaning.

8. After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed.

Follow these 8 simple rules to keep your carpet spot free.  If you are wondering what happened to my son, well, let’s say that he spent the last quarter of the game cleaning my carpet.


Jason Soler, A.C.E. Director of Training

Gem Supply Co.





Floor Care Tips Based on Traffic Conditions, CleanLink

Floor Care Tips Based On Traffic Conditions

Soils such as sand, dust, grit and clay are invariably found on hard-surface floors. For the most part, their presence is not a significant problem-that is, not until “vehicles” — namely, people, carts and equipment — walk or roll over the floor. These dry soils have sharp edges. Once vehicles are introduced, they can start abrading, eroding, and otherwise damaging the floor and its finish.

The number of people and mechanical vehicles traveling on a floor is referred to as traffic, and the amount of foot traffic on the floor will help determine the amount and type of cleaning and maintenance the floor will need.

To help cleaning professionals better understand the concept of foot traffic, this month’s Power-Flite Troubleshooter provides the following guidelines:

Low Traffic: A low-traffic environment is typically a small office or retail store. Such a facility will have about 100 to 500 people walking through it each day. Weekly floor maintenance may be all that is required.

Medium Traffic: While some may fall into the high-traffic category, smaller class “A” and class “B” buildings are considered moderate foot traffic environments. These facilities typically have 500 to 1,500 people walking through them and will require daily cleaning.

High Traffic: These facilities, which have 1,500 or more people per day walking on their floors, are often large office buildings, transportation centers-airports, bus stations – or large schools, for example. These floors are continually under attack and will require floor maintenance multiple times throughout the day.*

It is also important to realize that certain areas within a facility may have multiple traffic patterns. Invariably, lobbies, core walkways, and entries into retail stores can be high-traffic areas while other areas within the facility may have medium or even low traffic.

To ensure proper floor maintenance, cleaning professionals must be clear which areas need the most frequent attention. This ensures the floors are maintained, reduces costs, and can help reduce restorative cycles.

*In all cases, variables such as weather conditions, the installation of matting, etc., can play a role in the amount of care and attention a floor needs.