1. Vacuum carpet with HOST Liberator or Freestyle before using any spot cleaning chemicals or HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner to clean carpet. This will remove all the loose soil and improve your chances of removing the spot. Many spots are simply dirt stuck to a clear sticky residue.
  2. It is important to determine if the spot is something that can be removed or if the spot is really a stain where something has penetrated the carpet fiber and permanently changed the color or removed color from the fiber. In these cases you may only be able to remove the bulk of the staining material leaving the damaged fibers looking better but still stained.

  3. Daily spot cleaning is critical for customer satisfaction in any facility. A good quality microfiber cloth moistened with plain water blotted on the spot will remove 95% of most daily spots. For those spots that survive more than a day, blot with HOST Spot Remover using a microfiber cloth. In all cases you should see a transfer of the spot to your cloth. If you do not see a transfer to the cloth then the process you are using is not moving the spot and you may need another product.

  4. If the spot is not removed using the processes in #3, then HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner will be the next step. HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner can be used without the machine using a HOST spotZapper® Brush. This tool works well in hard to reach areas. Never apply more than three applications of HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner to an area without letting the area dry for 20 to 30 minutes. The HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner have moisture in them and too many applications interfere with the absorption qualities of the HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner.

  5. Remember that some spots are harder to remove than others and it might take several applications to remove. Make sure that you are getting a transfer of the spot to your cloth or HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner.

  6. Compound spots are those spots that appear to be just dirty black spots but after initial cleaning you discover there is more there than you first thought. Chewing gum, candy bars, and paint are some examples. Once you get the dirt off you will need to attack the real problem. Other products may be required.

  7. One rule to remember is to control the moisture. Application of too much water or chemical will only complicate the removal process. Blot, Blot, Blot, from the outside edge to the center.

  8. Test your removal process in a small area first before trying to remove a spot in the middle of a room. Too often people will be eager to fix a problem and use the wrong chemical or process and end up with a mess in the middle of the carpet.

  9. Start with the least aggressive chemical. Water may be all that you need to use.

  10. The last step when spotting with chemicals should be blotting with water to clear the area of any chemical residue and then using some HOST SPONGES to absorb the remainder.