Spot Cleaning Carpet – Food Part 1

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Textile car expert Christopher Myers demonstrates how to spot clean a carpet, including how to remove food stains, part 1.

    Christopher Myers

    Christopher Myers is the founder and Chairman of the textile care company Christopher’s, Inc. Christopher’s specialty is in the care of maintenance of high-end textiles. Christopher has studied the science and art behind fabric protection and effective cleaning and spot removal since 1992 when he conceived of the idea of a company that could offer true comprehensive long term care of carpets, upholstery and rugs used in or outside of the home. Today, his client list includes the Who’s Who of Washington’s political and business worlds. Christopher has been invited to give textile care presentations to the area’s top designers, whom he considers partners in creating and maintaining the aesthesis of client’s homes. He holds numerous certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration (IICRC) and has become a recognized Senior Textile Inspector.

    Chris Meyers: Hi! This is Chris Meyers from Christophers Incorporated, we are at textile care service company and this segment we are going to be spot cleaning food from carpeting.

    So, what I have today is leftover oatmeal from this morning and we are actually going to create our own spot on this carpet. So, normally oatmeal might get mashed in pretty good here. So, we are going to make sure its in there really well, and so of course we are going to be using the same spoon to remove the oatmeal.

    Now, say this happened at home, so the procedure would be, first we want to take a good close look at it and see what's going on with it and say, okay, we need to get some of this out. So, we are going to use the rounded edge of the spoon to gently work from the outside in to pull all of this as much as we can up and down, and off of the carpet, and then you want to clean your spoon in between because otherwise it would just be putting some oatmeal back on to the carpeting.

    Once you get the initial oatmeal off this is where it requires more patience. So, it can take as much as five minutes to do something like this, maybe even longer, but you want to just very carefully use that spoon to leverage out as much of the food substance. Again, in this case, its oatmeal, but this as easily could be pasta sauce or banana or what have you, same procedure. So, you just want to use the spoon, and again a tablespoon or a teaspoon works fine to bring this all up. Just very gently bring that up and I dont know if the camera will show, but there are lots of little fibers here maybe we can show with the light across, because what we are working on today is wool carpeting, so you see all these hairs across here. If you are too aggressive on this, it will fuzz, I dont know if I can get it to fuzz or not, but I would have to be a little more aggressive with it, but you dont want to disengage there are wool fibers in the loops because that will look worse than dried oatmeal in the carpet. So, you have to exercise care when you are doing this, deliberate care.

    Again this is a -- it can take a while to get all of this out, but we want to get as much as we possibly can have. Looking pretty good, but now this is where illumination comes into it. So, you want to look at it very closely, how much of this are we getting out, and this is where you can also use your magnifying glass. Theres a still a good bid in there, and you can see what I am seeing is between some of these loops down to the backing of the carpet, there is actually oatmeal way down there, so you need to get the spoon in between these loops and get some more of that crumbs of oatmeal out.

    Again, this is a home spotting, and when you do home spotting you do not have the luxury of an extraction machine, which is what a professional upholstery cleaner or professional carpet or upholstery cleaner would use, so they would shoot in a detergent and water mixture and then extract it out with a large powerful vacuum. Since we dont have that, we have to take care to get as much of this out as we possibly can.

    Okay, it looks good. Now, I will just double-check with my light, I dont see anything in there. Now, I will double-check with the magnifying glasses to make sure, looks good. Now, at this point you could say we are finished, but we are not.