Out of curiosity I looked up the term “spotter’ on dictionary.com. Basically it says, “a person or thing that spots.”I remember watching the gymnasts work out in the gym in high school. They had “spotters” to keep them from breaking their necks. I think the forest service uses “spotters” to look for fires, or is that “watchers.” The newest spotters on the scene are the storm spotters.

One dictionary definition focused on the people in a dry cleaning establishment who removed spots from clothes and thereby earned the title “spotters.” Or possibly it had to do with their lungs or skin from constant exposure to the fluid. It turns out that “spotters” applies to many different occupations. I provide carpet cleaning in Portland, Oregon. My profession also has a wide and varied use of the term.

If you type “carpet spotter” on the Internet, you will get a whole host of different definitions. They have machines called spotters. They’re the little, portable, electric carpet machines with a little hose, nozzle, tiny tank and vacuum. They make them as the name implies to clean a spot. They don’t have much power, but they work better than a towel. You can use an electric spotting machine to suck up a spill without spreading it as does a towel.

Spotter can apply to carpet cleaner in a can designed to clean a single spot. You can find scores of them at your local store. I would steer clear of the one-size-fits all spotter claiming that the product will clean anything and everything. Don’t believe it.

I have referred to spotters in several of my posts. I use the term to refer to a long lasting, non-evaporating, solution that works on a stain over an extended period of time without rubbing. I use two kinds of spotters (1) Dry and (2) Wet. You can make your basic carpet cleaning spotter. Here’s a link to an article that tells you How to Make Carpet Spotter and how to use them.

The name is a little misleading. Dry doesn’t mean dry. Dry means dry cleaning solvent based. A dry spotter is made from 1 part coconut oil with 8 parts dry cleaning solvent. I dribble a little dry cleaning fluid on the stain. I apply the dry spotter to a rag and lay it over the spot, cover with plastic and weigh it down. The oil, the rag, and the plastic keep the dry cleaning fluid in contact with the oil-based stain.

The wet spotter refers to a water-based spotter. Make it with 1 part glycerin, 1 part clear dish washing soap, and 8 parts water. I used it in a similar fashion as the dry spotter. Dribble some water or soapy water on the stain. Cover it with a rag immersed in the wet spotter.

Some of the newer spotters use an encapsulation system which purportedly dissolves the stain and then traps it in a soap bubble for easy removal by vacuum. These are the best spotters in my opinion for everyday use. Folex is a great example of encapsulation spotters.

Spotter can work effectively against stubborn stains. Give them a try. Hope this information is helpful. Until next time..Sean!