Everyone has accidents and spills, no matter how hard they try to avoid them. Not only are they messy and inconvenient, but can be hard to clean with soap and water. Possibly the spill might become a stain, but you don't want to drag out the steam cleaner or wash the entire area affected. For this, spot cleaners will come in handy.
Just as there are many types of spills and spots, there are many types of cleaners, as well, so it's important to choose one that not only fits your cleaning needs, but your budget and eco-friendly conscience, as well. Not all spot cleaners work for all types of accidents, so be sure to read the labels before purchasing. First, you'll need to determine what kind of fabric or area the spot is on - if it's on carpet, you'll need to choose a spot cleaner intended for carpets and rugs. If you need to clean an article of clothing, make sure you choose a product that is intended to remove spots on fabric. Should you have a spot that needs to be removed on a fabric couch or other piece of furniture, choose a cleaner that is for fabric in general. If you purchase a spot cleaner that is intended for use on fabric, but you use it on clothing instead, you could end up with damaged clothing. The chemicals in spot cleaners are not all the same, some might be harsher than others.
Now that you've determined the type of cleaner you'll be needing, it's time to decide on what type you'd like. Some cleaners come in spray bottles or aerosol cans, while others come in a cream form, or a stick. You'll need to choose the one that you feel is the most effective for the type of spot you need to remove - if the stain hasn't set in yet, perhaps a spray might be the best. Since chemicals and solvents differ, make sure to read the label before purchasing.
Lastly, decide on whether you'd like to purchase an eco-friendly product, and whether or not the spot cleaner fits in your budget. If you mind chemicals and artificial products, look for spot cleaners that are designed to be safe for the environment. Sometimes products designed for the eco-conscious can cost more than other, non-green products, so make sure the spot cleaner fits into your budget; there's no need to go broke on a spot cleaner, especially one you might need to use frequently.
Once all of these factors have been determined, it's time to purchase your spot cleaner, and follow the directions listed exactly as described; failing to do so might ruin the area you're trying to clean.