MAVERICK CLEANING SERVICES                                  since 1993
spotting guide page




  1. If the spot is still wet, blot with a dry, white absorbent towel. Make sure you blot.  DO NOT RUB!
  2. For Acidic spots (coffee, tea, wine, urine, vomit), use solution A (see below).  Spray the area with the solution, agitate lightly with your hand or a soft bristled brush, and blot with a dry white towel.
  3. For non acidic spots (most food and drink, mud), follow the directions in step #2 with solution B (see below)
  4. For grease spots (oil, tar, gum, pen, marker, paint) call us first.  These are extremely difficult to remove by yourself, and attempting to remove them can make them more difficult or impossible to remove by us. 




  1. Furniture is more difficult than carpet to spot clean.  If you're unsure or not comfortable doing this yourself, call us.
  2. Never spray any solution directly on the furniture.
  3. Make sure the fabric you are spotting is colorfast.  Test an inconspicuous area with solution B (see below).  Spray the solution on a white towel and rub an area that is not visible.  Usually there is a small strip of fabric towards the front of the sofa under where the cushions sit.  Check the white towel to see if any color from the sofa came off on the towel.  If it did, STOP.  If nothing came off on the towel, go to step 4.
  4. Spray solution B on a white towel.  Lightly (like you're dusting) rub or blot the spotted area.  You can use your finger if the spot needs some agitating.  Don't saturate one area.  Make sure you "feather" the moisture out from the spot to prevent rings.  Try to keep the moisture as even as possible on the fabric. 




  1. Always blot, do not rub.  If the spot is on carpet, you can stand on a towel after you spray the solution.  This will help get the spot up into the towel.
  2. If the spot is not coming out, STOP.  Check the towel to see if anything is coming out.  The first step is always to blot with a dry towel as quickly as possible.  After you do this, time is not as important so don't panic.  It is always easier for us to remove the spot if it has not been "worked on".    
  3. If you're not sure what to do, call us first.   


Water Based Spots (Solution B)


  • Blood
  • Pop
  • Most Food 
  • Mud  

Acid Based Spots (Solution A)

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Urine
  • Wine 
  • Vomit


Remember if it is a grease spot (wax, crayon, tar, marker, pen, oil) you probably won't be able to safely remove it yourself !


Mix 1 ounce of white vinegar with water in a 16 oz. spray bottle


Mix 1 tablespoon of non-bleaching liquid laundry detergent with warm water in a 16 oz. bottle