Carpet Cleaning at Home: How to Assess a Drink Spill
If you have carpet I’m sure you do a lot to avoid spills and stains but in any case accidents are going to happen. When you have an accidental spill on your carpet, now you will be prepared to properly clean the spot. This simple procedure will help remove a large amount of spilled liquid, reducing the amount of staining, and get the spot dry faster.
With any spill on carpet flooring you should start with removing the source to prevent any further wetness. If it’s a glass, try to catch the glass before it completely empties out on the floor. If a baby bottle that’s leaking, immediately pick it up.
Immediately apply a dry towel to the spot just setting it on top. Don’t press it, step on it or put any weight on it. After the towel absorbs the bulk of liquid on top, use a dry part of the towel and put that on your wet spot. Now you can press firmly or step on the towel. Do this for a minute or so. If moisture comes through the back side of your towel, find another dry part of the towel and repeat. Repeat this process until your towel isn’t soaked through with the spilled liquid.
Moisture moves to the driest part of carpet or towel that it can. As that material dries more moisture is pulled to the dry area. This is why you should continuously use dry parts of the towel to absorb your spill. Over time, as the carpet dries across the top, moisture will rise from below the carpet and into the tips of the carpet fiber as it dries.
The alternative to using a towel is a wet vacuum or a shop vacuum if you own one. Use the vacuum to suck out moisture from the spot going over the area multiple times very slowly. But even after using this kind of equipment it is still best to apply a dry towel to let it absorb the rest of the moisture.
After letting your towel absorb the spill as much as possible (usually about 20 minutes) you can apply a fan to the wet area to help it dry quicker. Ceiling fans work great but box fans or shop fans will also do an even better job.
You don’t want to add more moisture to a spot that is already saturated. We recommend waiting until the spill is completely dry before applying any kind of cleaner or spray.