With dustings of snow hitting Cincinnati, you know it’s getting close to the end of the year. And, if you are like me, that means get-togethers with family and friends. I can almost see it now, kids running, playing, and laughing (and then the inevitable yelling!) as the adults nibble on appetizers and have an adult beverage. And then the worrying starts…who will be the first to spill something.

Before the fervor of holiday parties hits, it’s a good time to talk about being prepared for the inevitable carpet cleaning emergencies. Having the right carpet cleaning tools and information readily available means you won’t have to cringe (as much) when you see cousin Bob walking across your family room with a plate of Skyline dip precariously balanced on top of a glass of red wine as he tries to dodge running kids.

In a post earlier this year – How to Assemble a Toolkit for Better Carpet Cleaning, I discussed creating a dedicated carpet cleaning tool kit. Having the right tools on hand, and easily accessible, makes it easier to quickly treat spills to help avoid them becoming permanent stains.

To the right is a downloadable and printable guide. If you haven’t assembled your kit yet, focus on making sure you at least have these key components for carpet and upholstery cleaning:

  • Small bottle of dishwashing liquid
  • Small bottle of white vinegar
  • PLENTY of white cotton towels or rolls of white paper towels

To begin, combine the liquid dishwashing detergent with warm water and start at the outside. The key to dealing with a spill, such as wine, is to blot (never rub!) and work from the perimeter toward the center. Resist the urge to scrub and simply blot until all the stain is transferred to the cloth.

Once that is done, you want to treat the area with the neutralizing solution using a clean cloth and then rinse with cold water. This lowers the alkalinity of the detergent and help get your carpet back to its natural state.

The final step is to use clean towels to remove any excess moisture by applying pressure. Simply press down and let the towel pull the moisture from the carpet. Once the towel is damp, start with a new dry one. (Now you know why I stressed PLENTY above!) One of the easiest ways to accomplish this to simply stand on the towel and let gravity do the work. Or better yet, let cousin Bob stand on it while you go enjoy a beverage.

From my family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Questions? I am always available to answer your stain removal questions and concerns. Call us today at (513) 777-8770 to learn more about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Or email us at service@extra-effort.com to learn about this month’s cleaning special.


Elliott S. Fishman, Co-Owner
Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.


About Elliott S. Fishman

Elliott Fishman, along with his son Brian, is the owner and operator of Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc.   We serve the residents and businesses of Greater Cincinnati to include West Chester, Mason, Maineville, Loveland, Wyoming, Fairfield, Indian Hill, Montgomery, Hyde Park and Anderson Township. Elliott started this company in 1984, based on the belief that it takes Extra Effort to make each job a success. The father/son team puts the extra time, extra care, and extra effort go into every task they undertake – no matter how large or small the job. Extra Effort’s quality equipment, trained technicians and safe products have made the company a top choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, water damage / water extraction, fabric protection, odor control and spot removal.

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Extra Effort Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

8303 Darlene Dr.

West Chester, OH 45069

(513) 777-8770


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