During the holiday season we often enjoy holiday meals and spirits with friends and family. What we don’t enjoy are the remnants of spills after the guests are gone – complimentary spots and stains all over the carpet!
Before sharing how to remove them, let’s first define the difference between a spot and a stain: A spot adds a substance to the carpet fiber, a stain adds a color to the carpet fiber. For example, a piece of apple or pumpkin pie dropped onto the carpet would be a spot because we will be able to remove the spots with a simple rinse and extract, as neither food carries a strong dye that transfers to carpet fibers. So these are considered spots.
A glass of red wine, a cup of regular coffee or cranberry sauce dropped or spilled onto the carpet will leave behind some of their strong natural dyes, so a rinse and extract will not sufficiently remove all the variant dyes left behind. These are considered stains.