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Spilled Fingerprint Powder Clean-up

Over the years, I have had officers and citizens call in and want to know how to clean-up spilled fingerprint powder on wall-to-wall carpeting. I know of several police and sheriff’s departments that have had to replace carpet in houses because fingerprint powder was spilled. The only answer I had was to vacuum up as much of the powder as possible then have a carpet cleaning service come in to dry clean it. Officers know that when Windex is sprayed on a counter that has black fingerprint powder, you end up with a mess. Usually we do not notice the mess because we leave and the clean-up is done by the victim. While in an airport in Arizona, I had a gentleman tell me to use Scrubbing Bubbles to clean-up spilled fingerprint powder. I am sure that you have seen the commercial on the television advertising it. It is primarily a tub and tile cleaner. About two years ago, I spilled some fingerprint powder on the carpet in my work room in the basement. Even though I vacuumed up as much as possible, there was still a powder stain. I picked up a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles at Wal-Mart, sprayed it on the powder stain and let it stand for several minutes. I then blotted and rubbed it with a dry cloth and the stain was gone. You may have to repeat this process several times to remove all of the stain. Scrubbing Bubbles can be found in your local grocery store or Wal-Mart in the aisle that contains bathroom cleansers. Try it and you will find out that it works.

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