When it comes cleaning Red Salsa from carpet, what’s more important is knowing what NOT to do.
Most homeowners will try to blot the stain out with a towel first. However, doing this would only mash the tomatoes and peppers further into the fiber where cleaning would then require a professional.
A better approach would be to use a spoon to scoop up as much of the salsa from the carpet as possible. Scoop it up and put it in a bowl for later disposal.
Once you’re done scooping up the salsa, you’ll need to clean the carpet with a solution that contains water and a drop or two of dish soap. You don’t want to use products like resolve, as these will lead to problems later and may even permanently discolor your carpet.
Take a trigger spray bottle and fill it with hot water. Place a drop of dish washing detergent in the bottle and shake it and spray the solution into a wet towel. You don’t want to spray it into the salsa spot directly because this will cause the salsa to go deeper into the backing of the carpet where you then need powerful vacuum to extract it. Instead, take your wet towel with the solution and work it over the spot in 8 different directions (like an asterisk). Don’t scrub it… scrubbing the carpet may cause split ends on the carpet that you can’t fix. So work it gently until the spot is out.
Once the spot is gone, flip the towel over and go over the are with a wet towel that just contains hot water. This will act as your rinse and then go over it with a dry towel to blot any moisture.
If you still have a shadow, allow the area to dry and repeat these steps again after the are has dried. The drying action help bring some of the deeper soil up to the surface where your towel works better.
If that doesn’t work and you still have a shadow or an odor, call a professional. A certified carpet cleaner has the right tools and training to clean this spot and treat any lingering odors.
Emilio Martinez, FiberCare Carpet Cleaning, El Paso, Texas
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