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Spot Cleaning Secrets Revealed by A-List

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b2ap3_thumbnail_club-soda_20131118-230735_1.jpgHow many times have you heard to use club soda on a stain?

Well, guess what. It's not actually any better than just plain water. The concept behind it is that the carbonation acts as a mechanical function to push the stain away from the fibers. Club soda also contains salts which the claim is they absorb the stain as well.

The truth is, the carbonation and level of salts are so low that there is no scientific evidence that can prove that club soda out performs just plain water.

The real fact is, the faster you can react to a stain an absorb it with paper towels to remove as much as possible first and then either dilute it or flush it out with water next, the less of a stain will remain or even better total success.

b2ap3_thumbnail_hydrogen-peroxide.jpgHydrogen Peroxide, great for Boo-Boo's!

By boo-boo's I mean your wine stains. Most carpet cleaners don't even know this trick! Hydrogen Peroxide is basically a color safe bleach that will oxidize your wine stains out of just about anything. It works great on just about any weak vegetable dye, so wine, blueberry stains, etc and your vegetable dyes on your oriental.

This is safe on all synthetics, most cottons and I'd email me first if you have a unique or unsure situation, like wool, and oriental or silk. It's not a time sensitive type stain so you have plenty of time to test in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it's not causing damage.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Natures-Miracle.jpgPet Stain Removers, more to the eye than you think!

Most pet stain removers are enzyme based, and actually work lousy for removing pet stains and their odor, but work great for removing basic organic stains, like food and general everyday things.

These cleaners are neutral and I wish everyone had it as a first response to just general spills. I have never had a client ruin something from these except maybe by over wetting.

It's a great cleaner to have under your counter.


Hair Spray

Works great on ink stains!, why? It's actually the alcohol in it that's doing the work. Rubbing alcohol works great for removing ink but can also dissolve the oils or varnish that is used as a carrying agent and leave just the dyes behind after. This is one of those stains you probably don't want to play with on something expensive. 

If you decide to do so, I recommend trying a very small area first to make sure it's removing it. This type of stain can be very tricky!

I hope some of these tips will help you get through the Holidays. If you have any questions I always encourage you to email me first before you ruin your investment. I've coached tons of people through getting a stain out over text, emails or phone calls. I'm here to help you protect your investments.


Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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