Spills and Spotting Tips

Spills and Spotting Tips

No other item in your home absorbs more wear and tear on a daily basis than your carpet, and no other item can impact your home's appearance like your carpet can.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we deal with thousands of spots and spills every year. Care taken when events occur may immediately solve the problem.

Use the tips below to help get rid of common household stains found on carpets. If the stain is more serious, cal your local ServiceMaster Clean for service at 425-867-5035.

Grease and Oil Marks

Gently rub in talcum powder, cornmeal or cornstarch. Let it set and then brush or sponge powder away. Vacuum the area.

Mustard Spots

Soak stained area with diluted ammonia (on tablespoon ammonia, one cup of water). Then dry with a hairdryer.

Pet Urine

Dampen area with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then blot dry.

Red Wine

Use club soda to flush the wine from carpet fibers.

Blood Spots

Flush with cold water. Avoid hot water as heat will set the blood stain.

Soft Drinks

Blot the area with a vinegar solution (one part vinegar and two parts water). Then blot with a detergent solution (one teaspoon detergent and one quart water.


Freeze the gum with ice and use a dull knife to remove.

Candle Wax

Put a brown paper bag over the dried wax and run a hot iron over it. The bag will absorb the hot wax.

Latex Paint

Soak with dish detergent diluted with 20 parts water. Agitate the area, blot, rinse and blog again.

Ball Point Ink

Use hair spray and be sure to rinse the entire area well with water when finished.