Spill on Your Favorite Carpet? Here’s What to Do


Have you ever spilled something on your carpet? If so, I’m sure you are not alone. It’s an easy mistake to make and it can be a frustrating one if you don’t know how to clean it up right away! Luckily, we have some great tips for cleaning spills that will help get rid of the smells and stains. (We’ve also included a guide for what to do when your pet has an accident on the rug or couch.) Check out our blog post now!

When it comes to spills, you want to act fast. Whether the spill is small or large, there are some important steps of action that can help prevent a larger mess from happening later on down the line. First and foremost, do not panic! Take this time as an opportunity for deep breaths instead, so things will seem more manageable in due time.

Wet With Cold Water

When cleaning a spill on your carpet, wet the spot with cold water before using any type of soap or chemicals. This is especially important if you have wool carpeting because it may shrink when cleaned with warm water.

Blot the Spot

Next, grab some paper towels and fold them into quarters before using them like giant blotters; dab up any liquid with care. Never rub at your carpeting fibers because they could end up being damaged beyond repair if handled improperly (which would be worse than just having soaked-in stains). If the stain persists even after all these precautions have been taken, then try going over it again by putting rubbing alcohol onto some paper towels and repeating the steps listed. If you have spilled something acidic on your carpet (such as orange juice), use baking soda and cold water before applying vinegar to neutralize its acidity level. Once this is done, let the spot dry before proceeding.

Use a Carpet Cleaner

To get rid of smaller spots, we recommend using a spray-on carpet cleaner. Dirt can cause stains and is hard to remove without the help of commercial cleaners that will do all the work for you!

To prevent permanent staining, make sure to use a carpet cleaner before attempting other cleaning methods such as scrubbing or dry shampooing. After rinsing with clear water or vinegar and blotting, spray on some carpet cleaner and let the spot dry. Once dry, vacuum over it one more time and then you’re done! Depending on what type of carpeting you have, there are different cleaners that work best for different fibers and materials, so be sure to use the right one for your carpeting.

Acidic Liquids

If you’ve spilled something acidic on your carpet, take extra care because it may shrink when cleaned with warm water. For best results, blot up as much of the liquid as possible and then try using baking soda and cold water before applying vinegar to neutralize the acidity.


If you’ve spilled oil on your carpet, there are a few things to keep in mind: the first is that it’s best not to use water because this can cause an even bigger mess. The next thing is that blotting up as much of the liquid as possible will help with any future staining. Finally, check what type of carpet you have to see if the oil can be removed with a commercial carpet cleaner.

Light and Dark-Colored Carpets

If you’ve spilled something on your carpet, it may be a bit difficult to clean up, but it may not be as serious as first thought. In the event of an emergency, though, there are some clever tricks that can help save your carpets from any permanent stains or damage caused by spills.

The first thing to do is blot up as much of the liquid as possible, and then apply white vinegar or baking soda (or both, mixed together in equal parts) before scrubbing carefully with warm or cold water (depending on the type of fiber your carpet is made of). It’s important that this solution not just touch the stain, but also go through into the fibers below. The fabric will absorb moisture and oily substances such as from food and grease, so it’s best to blot, rinse and repeat several times to eliminate possible spotting!

Pet Accidents

We all know the feeling of coming home to find a disaster zone. But you’re not alone! Pets can be just as messy as children when it comes to making messes in your house. Don’t worry! There are many ways to clean up the mess and eliminate the smell. While accidents happen, here are some tips for cleaning up those accidents quickly and easily so you don’t have to worry about that nasty smell lingering around any longer than necessary:

  • Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners because they’ll make things worse by neutralizing urine enzymes, which will cause them to spread throughout the house instead of being contained where they belong.
  • Spray your cleaner over the spot and let it sit for 10 minutes or so (or until it becomes dry). This will break down any proteins left behind from their urine, which is what causes most of the odor.
  • Use a hard-bristled brush with some water to scrub away any remaining residue that might be stuck in the fibers of your carpet. Scrubbing should remove any lingering odors, as well as loosen anything else.


If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to clean up spills or stains from your carpet, give our team at J&M Reliable a call today. We have years of experience dealing with all sorts of messes and will be happy to help! Whether it’s an accidental spill on the kitchen floor or a coffee stain on the living room rug, we can get out any sort of spot in no time flat. Our local service provides both residential and commercial customers throughout the area, with prompt professional cleaning (and restoration and clean-out) services that are affordable, too. To find out more about what we do, contact us by phone or email today! You won’t regret it!

Are your carpets in need of a deep, thorough cleaning? Get in touch with J&M Reliable today!

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