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Bucket List for Spill Emergencies
05/22/2013

Are you prepared for a spill emergency? How well you are able to clean a mess on your hard surfaces may depend on your preparation. Having the right cleaning tools assembled in-advance may mean the difference between an easy clean-up and having permanent damage to your flooring.

To prevent problems in the first place, have plenty of coasters or placemats on-hand, especially if you are serving acidic beverages such as juice or wine. Made-to-fit plastic covers from companies, such as Tap Plastics, can serve as an unobtrusive way of protecting delicate surfaces without detracting from the décor of the room. But if a spill occurs, and eventually one will, make sure your cleaning arsenal is ready for action.

Use a Bucket List

Set aside space under the sink or wherever you store your cleaning products for a bucket of cleaning essentials, including:

  • Paper Towels and Rags
  • Sponge
  • Mild Detergent
  • Empty Bottle for Water
  • Stone Soap and Poultice (for natural stone surfaces)

Be Wary of Cleaning Solutions

It’s best to test a cleanser well in-advance on a portion of the surface that is partially hidden, such as under a table or appliance, to see if it discolors the area. Even bathroom cleaners can be harmful because they contain acid. Some chemicals should never be used on delicate surfaces, such as natural stone, including:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Bleach

Warning: Never mix bleach and ammonia. The combination can create a toxic gas.

Act Quickly and Cautiously

Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing. As a general rule, a good practice is to start with a non-aggressive cleanser, such as warm water and dishwasher liquid, and work your way up to more heavy-duty cleansers. Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.

Call a Professional

If after several attempts a stain remains, call a professional cleaner. It may be possible to remove or lessen the damage using commercial buffing machines and specialty chemicals. After cleaning, technicians can apply a penetrating sealer to protect the flooring against future staining.

Superior Cleaning & Coit Cleaning and Restoration in Woodinville, WA holds a Construction Contractor, General license (SUPERI 973KR).

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