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In the Spotlight: Removing Gravy Stains

In the Spotlight: Removing Gravy Stains

Who knows when it will happen. Maybe a member of the Kids’ Table will be the perpetrator, with a tumbling plate and a guilty look. Maybe it will be the careless uncle who drops his spoon right onto your carpet. Of course, there’s always the chance that you’ll be the one who knocks over the gravy boat.

Whoever is to blame, the gravy is on the carpet and we need to get rid of it ASAP. Here’s what you do.

- Step 1 -
Use a spoon to remove as much gravy as you can. Scoop towards the center of the spill so you don’t accidentally spread the gravy stain.

- Step 2 -
Grab the talcum powder and liberally sprinkle it over the spot. After about twenty minutes, use a powerful vacuum to suck up the powder (which will have absorbed a lot of the gravy oils).

- Step 3 -
Moisten a sponge with rubbing alcohol and dab at the spot from the outside edge toward the center.* Be sure that you don’t soak the sponge with the alcohol and that you clean it regularly.

- Step 4 -
Get a bucket and pour in two cups of very hot water, a tablespoon of white vinegar and a tablespoon of dish soap. Mix thoroughly and moisten a clean towel with the solution.

- Step 5 -
Use the cloth to blot up more of the spot, working from the outside edge toward the center.* Repeat this process, cleaning the cloth as needed, until no more of the spot comes up. You can add a few extra drops of dish soap to the solution part way through to get rid of stubborn residue.

- Step 6 -
Get a clean towel and dampen it with water. Blot the area thoroughly to remove any soap in the carpet (soap left in a carpet actually attracts dirt).

At this point, most of the spot should be gone and you just need to let the carpet dry. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to take care of a spot, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning is always here to help. Our oxygen powered, green carpet cleanings can revitalize your floor, making it look and feel years younger. And if a careless cousin managed to spill on your sofa, we offer upholstery cleaning as well.

Thanks to Mary Ylisela of eHow for the great information.

*Before you use a solution, always test it on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. Wait 30-60 seconds after applying it to make sure it doesn’t damage your carpet. You’ll want to be very careful if you have a carpet made of natural fibers like wool.

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