Obviously, there are too many types of food and variables here to get too specific, but here are some general rules to follow. If you just spilled something get as much up as possible before adding any cleaning agents. The next step would be a microfiber towel with some hot water and a bit of light agitation. Home pro spotter would be the next step if necessary. Again, a properly maintained carpet with a fresh coat of carpet protector will be surprisingly helpful here. (not buying carpet protector after a cleaning is like not insuring your car, crashing it, and then wondering why you can't buy coverage for it now and have the loss covered!) Also, if your "dog" tipped over the 12" skillet full of burning bacon and grease on the carpet, then it will likely be beyond the capability of touching it up wih some spotter. A situation like this would require a call to us right away. After all that's why we are here. :)
If you have some dried out paint drops on the carpet that were not rubbed in
a careful quick trim of the carpet with some precision scissors (duckbill shears work best Home depot and Lowes both sell them) is the safest and easiest way to deal with it. Believe it or not a trimming of the very tips of the carpet fibers will virtually never be noticeable. If the whole bucket of paint tipped over and it is still wet, get as much up as possible and then keep the spot wet. Covering the paint spot with sopping wet towels works the best. Yes, you will overwet the carpet but that's Ok! Next call us immediately and cross your fingers! I have successfully dealt wit this situatiion in the past and had perfect results but keep in mind there are many variables that affect the outcome. If the paint is a large dried out spot and is hard, removal simply may not be possible with a cleaning. Even a carpet with a fresh coat of carpet protector will not help here. Moral of the story is: WHEN PAINTING USE DROPCLOTHS!!!!!!!
The most common time I see this is when the last cleaner got lazy and didn't put blocks under the wood furniture legs ( still glad this guy claimed to be $20 cheaper!) or the dog or cat likes to urinate on the corner of the couch and the urine causes the furniture stain to bleed into the carpet. I have successfully removed these things before, but in all honesty the odds are low and this is one of the most common things that causes permanent discoloration to carpet. Most likely you are better off not aplying anything to it if it has already dried, if it is still wet absorb up as much as possible, keep the area wet and call me immediately!
URINE - FECES - VOMIT
This is the most pleasant of all subjects covered on my website! Just kidding! Once again, please understand that there are almost endless variables here and success will vary. The same basic rules apply, get as much of the contaminant out before adding any cleaning agents! Hot water and several clean towels may be necesary to remove as much organic matter as possible. For urine , you will want to absord up as much liquid as possible before adding any cleaner to it. Also, having a proper protein spotter and enzyme cleaner is highly recommended ( if you have a dog or a cat having a bottle of each in the house before you need it is very inexpensive insurance against a permanently damaged carpet! I can provide these to you in most cases for less cost than the junk you buy in the store that doesn't work very well) Please remember that the pet stains do better with a different spotting agent . Again, there are certain times that you will need us to come out and clean it for you. I have been to places where the severity and volume are simply unbelievable! In these cases there is no way of simply spotting it no matter how good you are. Call us anytime.