Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I recently purchased new carpet. I had a Galileo thermometer that broke on the carpet. It smells like a solvent and feels oily. What is the best way to get the residue off the carpet? Should I patch the carpet or is there something that will remove the residue?
A chemical treatment is always worth a try. First, apply a solvent gel formulated for grease, oil, lipstick, tar, etc. Gently work this into the fiber. Normally, the thermometer holding tube contains water and a petroleum distillate to float the bubbles.
After adequate contact time, flush and rinse the solvent. If a colored glass bubble has broken, then you have another ... — Gary Clipperton
, National Pro Clean