Spotting Guide

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WELLCOME TO OUR FREE SPOTTING GUIDE

Because I’ve used many different types of methods for carpet spotting and this is an informational page on my website.  I’ve decided to add other spotting guides and techniques for you to choose from.  I’ve heard often from various people that they have a spot on their carpet but did not have the required items to address it.

My hope in adding other guides with other ways to clean carpet spots will allow more people to have a wider variety of methods to choose from.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

All the best in 2010!  Chris Thomas

760-504-6608

In between professional Carpet Cleaning services there are many things you can do yourself to maintain your carpet.  Here are some recommendations for maintaining your carpet and to remove stains without calling and paying a professional.

Vacuuming
Carpets receive a lot of abuse – pounding feet, dirt, grit, dust, oily cooking vapors and all kinds of spills.  Vacuuming removes dry soils which are a big cause of wear and unsightliness.  Be sure to vacuum in multiple directions so that you are maximizing the effectiveness.  Be careful not to get too close to the fringe on rugs with the beater bar; they are more safely vacuumed with a hand attachment.
Stain Treatment
For effective spot removal, you’ll want to have the following spot removing agents.  They should be used in the recommended sequence.

1. Cold Water
2. Detergent Solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear dishwashing liquid with a cup of warm (not hot) water.
3. Ammonia Solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup of water.
4. Solvent: A dry cleaning solvent (available at hardware stores).
5. Ice: Chill with ice cubes in a plastic bag.  Shatter residue, pick or scrape off and vacuum.
6. Vinegar Solution: Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.
7. Warm Water (not hot)
8. Clear nail polish remover (preferably acetone)
9. Alcohol or Methylated Spirits Mineral Turpentine
10. Rust Remover
11. Absorbent Powder (e.g., salt, talc, or proprietary absorbent powders)
12. Absorbent Cleaners (e.g., Host)

Types of Stains
– Alchoholic Beverages: 1,2
– Bleach: 1,3
– Blood: 1,2
– Butter: 4,2
– Candle Wax: 5,4
– Chewing Gum: 5,4
– Chocolate: 2,3,6
– Coffee: 1,2,4
– Colas & Soft Drinks: 7,2
– Cooking Oils: 4,2
– Cream: 2,4
– Egg: 2
– Felt Tip Pen: 7,2,8
– Floor Wax: 4
– Fruit Juice: 1,2
– Furniture Polish: 4,2,3
– Gravy & Sauces: 7,2
– Ink (fountain pen): 1,2
– Ink (ball point): 4,9,2
– Ketchup: 7,2
– Lipstick: 4,2
– Mercurochrome: 2,3,6
– Milk: 7,4,2
– Mustard: 2
– Nail Polish: see below
– Oil & Grease: 4,2
– Paint (latex): 2,3,4
– Paint (oil): 9,4,2
– Rust: 4,2,10
– Salad Dressing: 2,4
– Shoe Polish: 4,2
– Soot: 4,2,3
– Tar: 4
– Tea: 1,2,4
– Urine (fresh): 1,2
– Urine (old): 2,3,6
– Vomit: 2
– Wine: 11,1,2
– Unknown Material: 4,12,2

Nail Polish
Always let harden before attempting removal which can take up to 24 hours for a large drip or spill.  After drying use a blunt scraper (back of a knife works well) and you should be able to scrape off the most if not all of the polish, then do the following steps: 8,4

Stains That Can’t Be Removed

Acid toilet bowl cleaners, acne medication, alkaline drain cleaners, chlorinated bleaches, hair dyes, iodine, insecticides, mustard with turmeric, plant fertilizers and stains of this nature cannot be removed as they have permanently altered the carpet’s color. Most likely the only solution is to insert carpet from a closet, or some other area into the area where the spot was cut out.

Spotting Guide #2

Ok, Spot has had an accident on your beautiful carpet, upholstery, or area rug – now what? Don’t panic; here are a couple of quick steps to follow to midigate disaster:

1. Act quickly. The sooner you get to cleaning up the mess, the easier it will be. Urine and other pet stains become harder to clean up as they dry and may even cause a permanent stain if not treated quickly. Scrape up any solids with a spoon or spatula first, then get to work on the spot.

2. Blot, don’t scrub! I see this mistake time and time again: we know that we shouldn’t rub the spot, but blotting doesn’t seem to be working quickly enough, so we scrub away. The problem is that while you may be able to remove the spot, you often leave permanent abrasion marks on the carpet. Blot, blot, blot and then blot some more.

3. Easy on the soap. Whether spot or stain, start by blotting with a clean white cloth and warm water only – remember, you are trying to “extract” the spot by absorbing it into the cloth. In the case of urine and other pet stains, you can move on to a water-vinegar solution, but avoid grabbing the closest household cleaner, or worse yet – dish soap – and dumping it on the stain. Pet stains often do not respond to typical household cleaners or detergents, and the residue from the soap will attract soil over time and make the problem worse. If you do need to use an additional cleaner, dilute it in a cup of water and then apply it to the spot with a cloth. No dumping, pouring or other excessive methods!

4. Call a professional. If you don’t have success, call a professional before you do any permanent damage to your carpet. Trained, certified professionals can often remove stains that seem like they’re in your carpet, upholstery or area rug for good.


Spotting Guide #3

Stain Removal Methods

Beer B,D Iodine, Methiolate B,C,D
Catsup B,C,E Milk B,C,D,E,A
Chewing Gum A,B Nail Polish A,B,D,E
Chocolate B,C,D,E Paint, Oil A,B,C
Cocktails B,D Paint, Water B,C,A
Coffee B,D,E,A Perfume B,D
Cosmetics A,B,C Rubber Cement A,B
Crayon A,B Shoe polish A,B,C
Egg B,C,E Soft drinks B,C,D
Food coloring B,C Soot A,B,C
Fruit & juices B,C,D,E Syrup B,C,D,E
Furniture polish A,B Tar, asphalt A,B
Blood B,C,E Tea B,D,E,A
Butter A,B,D Urine B,C,D
Candle wax A,B,C Vomit B,C,D,E
Glue, school B Water stains A,B,C,D
Grease A,B,C,D Wine B,D,C
Ink A,B,C
Some stains require special care. If the stain is not removed by a prescribed household method, consult a professional CCINW cleaner.
A. Apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent, or we can provide a product called Citrus Gel. Use small amounts to prevent any possible damage to sizings, backings or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.
B. Mix one teaspoonful of white neutral detergent (a mild liquid dish washing detergent containing no strong alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water.
C. Mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with a half-cup of water.
D. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.
E. Mix a solution of powdered enzyme laundry detergent following label or box directions. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the length of time recommended by the manufacturer.NOTE: Never mix ammonia and bleach during any cleaning operation. Apply with towel and blot only. Always test solution in an inconspicuous area of carpet to determine safe application. Rinse thoroughly to prevent detergent residue.
� Carpet Cleaners Institute of the Northwest

Beer B,D Iodine, Methiolate B,C,D
Catsup B,C,E Milk B,C,D,E,A
Chewing Gum A,B Nail Polish A,B,D,E
Chocolate B,C,D,E Paint, Oil A,B,C
Cocktails B,D Paint, Water B,C,A
Coffee B,D,E,A Perfume B,D
Cosmetics A,B,C Rubber Cement A,B
Crayon A,B Shoe polish A,B,C
Egg B,C,E Soft drinks B,C,D
Food coloring B,C Soot A,B,C
Fruit & juices B,C,D,E Syrup B,C,D,E
Furniture polish A,B Tar, asphalt A,B
Blood B,C,E Tea B,D,E,A
Butter A,B,D Urine B,C,D
Candle wax A,B,C Vomit B,C,D,E
Glue, school B Water stains A,B,C,D
Grease A,B,C,D Wine B,D,C
Ink A,B,C
Some stains require special care. If the stain is not removed by a prescribed household method, consult a professional CCINW cleaner.

A. Apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent, or we can provide a product called Citrus Gel. Use small amounts to prevent any possible damage to sizings, backings or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.
B. Mix one teaspoonful of white neutral detergent (a mild liquid dish washing detergent containing no strong alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water.
C. Mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with a half-cup of water.
D. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.
E. Mix a solution of powdered enzyme laundry detergent following label or box directions. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the length of time recommended by the manufacturer.

NOTE: Never mix ammonia and bleach during any cleaning operation. Apply with towel and blot only. Always test solution in an inconspicuous area of carpet to determine safe application. Rinse thoroughly to prevent detergent residue.

Spotting Guide #4

Spotting Guide

The key to successful spot removal is getting to it as quick as possible. Keep this spotting guide page bookmarked, or make a copy of it so you will be able to refer to it when you need it. Be sure to let your friends and family know about this spotting guide so they will be able to use it as well.

YOUR BASIC SPOT REMOVAL KIT

Keep the following items on hand so you will be prepared to handle fresh spills on your carpet: Neutral dish detergent such as Joy® or Dawn® (dilute 20:1); clear household ammonia; white vinegar (dilute 1:1); wet spotter such as Spot Gone®; dry spotter such as Dissolve®; paint thinner; hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) for bleaching; denatured or isopropyl alcohol; a good supply of white terry cloths; and a spotting brush. If you have pets, stock a bacteria/enzyme digester such as Liquid Alive®. A wet/dry vac is great to have as well.

THE 6 STEPS TO REMOVING SPOTS

1. Catch it while it’s fresh, when chances of removal are 75% better. Don’t iron or hot-air dry until the stain is gone. Heat will set most stains.

2. First blot up all the liquid and scrape up all the solids you can. On a large liquid spill you can use a wet/dry vac. Be careful not to spread the stain.

3. Test any chemical you intend to use in a hidden area to make sure it won’t discolor or damage the surface.

4. Apply spotter and work from the outside of the stain in, to avoid spreading. Blot, don’t scrub; strike with the flat face of a spotting brush if needed to help break up the stain.

5. Rinse chemical spotters out with water, blot the area dry and feather the edges. Brush or fluff up pile or nap.

6. On carpet and upholstery, put a thick pad of toweling over the spot, weight it down with books, and leave it there overnight to “wick up” any remaining moisture.

STEP BY STEP SPOTTING GUIDE

Step #1: Use clean white towels and BLOT (never rub or brush) to absorb as much liquid as possible.  Use a scraper or spoon to remove any solid material.

Step #2: Apply appropriate “spot remover” mixture* (see recipes below) to clean white towel, then BLOT onto the area.  Always work toward the center of the spot when cleaning.  Repeat steps, if necessary, and always BLOT between steps with a clean white towel.

Always do a test spot on a portion of carpet not normally visible first.

When a spot or stain occurs, it is important to act quickly!  The longer a spot or stain remains in the carpet the harder it will be to get out.  Be careful not to over-wet any area.  Never use bleach!

HOMEMADE SPOT REMOVER RECIPES

Ammonia Solution: 1 Tablespoon Clear ammonia – ½  cup water

Dish Detergent Solution: 1 Teaspoon Mild dish detergent – 1 cup water

(Not automatic dishwashing detergent, Dawn or similar liquid detergent)

Laundry Solution: 1 Teaspoon Laundry detergent – 1 cup water

White Vinegar Solution: 1/3 cup white distilled vinegar – 2/3 cup water

(Woolite works well)

Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.  Do NOT apply directly to carpet, delaminating of the layers could occur.

NOTE: After using any soap solution/spot remover it is essential to rinse thoroughly with cool tap water until soap suds are completely gone to prevent spots from “coming back.”  Usually spots “come back” is due to soap residue which collects new dirt.

NOTE: Applying most of these spot removing solutions will void the warranty on the new generation of stain-resistant carpeting!

Which Recipe for Which Type of Spot or Stain?

Alcohol – Beer –Whisky

1.  Squirt with warm tap water or soda water.

2.  BLOT dry (Carpet shampoo may also be effective).

Animal Stains (See Urine or Vomit)

Blood

1.  Apply cool dish detergent solution and BLOT

2.  Apply cool ammonia solution and BLOT

3.  Apply laundry detergent solution

4.  Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry

Chocolate

1.  Apply cool dish detergent solution and BLOT.

2.  Apply ammonia solution and BLOT.

3.  Rinse with tap water.  BLOT again!

4.  Apply white vinegar solution

5. Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Coffee – Tea – Cola

1.  Flush with cold tap water or soda water.

2.  Apply white vinegar solution and BLOT.

3.  Rinse with water and BLOT dry.

Crayon (See Wax)

Fruit – Juice – Jelly – Soda – Artificial Colors

1.  Apply dish detergent solution and BLOT.

2.  Apply white vinegar solution and BLOT.

3.  Rinse with tap water and BLOT.

4.  Apply laundry detergent solution and BLOT

5.  Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Grass

1.   Apply laundry detergent solution and BLOT.

2.   Rinse with tap water.  BLOT again.

3.   Apply ammonia solution and BLOT.

4.   Apply white vinegar solution and BLOT

5.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Gravy – Ketchup – Mustard

1.   Apply dish detergent solution and BLOT.

2.   Apply white vinegar solution and BLOT.

3.   Apply laundry detergent solution and BLOT.

4.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Grease – Oil – Clear Salad Dressing

Apply dry cleaning solution or carpet shampoo

Gum

1.   Chill with ice cubes.

2.   Scrape off as much as possible.

3.   Apply dry cleaning solution and BLOT.

Ink (Ball Point)

Apply dry cleaning solution.

Ink (Fountain Pen or Felt Tip)

Consult professional

Ketchup (See Gravy)

Lipstick (See Wax)

Milk

1.   Apply warm water or soda water and BLOT

2.   Apply dish detergent solution and BLOT.

3.   Apply ammonia solution and BLOT again.

4.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Mud

1.    Do not attempt to clean until mud has dried completely.

2.    Scrap or vacuum away as much as possible.

3.    Apply dish detergent solution.

4.    Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Mustard (See Gravy)

Nail Polish

1.    Apply dry cleaning solution and BLOT.

2.    Apply a non-oily nail polish remover.  (It is wise to PRE-TEST FIRST as remover may dissolve fibers.)(Nail Polish remover without the acetone may work as well)

3.    Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Oil (See Grease)

Paint (Oil or Water Base)

1.   Water Based -70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol from your drugstore) apply to a rag 1st not the carpet, then apply wet rag to fibers, blot, repeat as necessary..

2.   Oil Based – Consult professionals

Rust

We don’t recommend using commercial rust removers.

Shoe Polish – Tar

1.   Apply a dry cleaning solution.  BLOT.

2.   Repeat until stain fades.

3.   Apply dish detergent solution.

4.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT.

5.   Apply ammonia solution.

6.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Tea (Same as Coffee)

Urine – Animal Stains

1.   Apply dish detergent solution and BLOT.

2.   Apply ammonia solution.  BLOT again.

3.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT.

4.   Apply white vinegar solution.  BLOT again.

5.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Vomit or Feces

1.   Apply laundry detergent solution.  BLOT.

2.   Apply ammonia solution and BLOT.

3.   Rinse with tap water.  BLOT again.

4.   Apply white vinegar solution and BLOT

5.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Wax – Crayons – Lipstick

1.   Apply dry cleaning solution and BLOT.

2.   Repeat until stain fades.

3.   Apply dish detergent solution.  BLOT again.

4.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

Iron Treatment: If wax is hard, dampen a white towel and fold into 2 layers spreading out over wax.  Place a hot iron on steam setting and apply to damp towel for 20 seconds ONLY.  Do not allow hot iron to touch carpet directly!  Once wax has melted, blot with white towel and repeat previous cleaning steps.

Wine

1.   Apply dish detergent solution.  BLOT

2.   Apply white vinegar solution and BLOT.

3.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT again.

4.   Apply ammonia solution.

5.   Rinse with tap water and BLOT dry.

GENERAL CARE TIPS

CARPETING AND UPHOLSTERY

Due to the investment in carpets and upholstered furniture, we know you want to do everything possible to maintain their comfort and beauty as well as prolong their life.  Therefore, I recommend regular vacuuming to remove dirt, dust and grit.  The longer dust remains on the carpet the more deeply it becomes imbedded.  An upright vacuum with a beater bar works most satisfactorily.  You may also want to consider placing mats outside all entrances.

Professionals cleaning should be done at least annually, depending on traffic and will actually prolong the life of your carpet fibers and colors.  If your household is plaqued by allergies, you may want to consider professional cleaning just after the pollen season.  Many people prefer to schedule their cleaning just before the holiday season.

Don’t forget your upholstered furniture when you’re vacuuming, in order to remove surface dirt and dust.  If possible, reverse and rotate the cushions each time you clean to protect wearing in areas more frequently used.  This will also help guard against fading when certain upholstered pieces receive heavier sunlight.  Upholstered pieces should be professionally cleaned at least every 18-24 months.

Spotting Guide #5

What To Do About Stains

  • First and foremost, for any stain type, act quickly. Pick up any solids that are easily removable. In the case of muddy footprints, wait until they are thoroughly dry, then vacuum.

Two Basic Types of Stains Appear On Carpet

  • Water-Soluble, which include most food, beverage, urine, and vomit.
  • Solvent-Soluble, which include oils, greases, tar, crayon, lipstick, and butter.
  • Please Note: After all spotting procedures, you should use a neutralizing rinse to remove any traces of detergent.

Treatment for Stain Removal

To remove water-soluble stains:

  • You will first need to make a detergent solution. Mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent (such as Ivory Liquid) into 1 pint of lukewarm water.
  • Do NOT use automatic dishwasher detergent or any other solution containing bleach.
  • Sponge the detergent mixture onto the water-soluble stain, and work the solution from the outer edges toward the center of the stain.
  • A lather will form. Gently sponge off this lather with clear, cold water until all visible signs of the suds have disappeared.
  • Be sure to rinse out any spotting chemical that you are using.
  • NEVER use chemical color brighteners.
  • Follow with a neutralizing rinse.

To remove solvent-soluble stains:

Use products such as Carbona®, Energine®, or K2R®, which are available at retail stores.

  • Apply the solvent to the stain by gently blotting with a cloth.
  • NEVER pour a solvent directly from the container onto the carpet.
  • Solvents, if poured on the stain, may cause the glue (latex) holding the carpet to the backing to become loose.
  • After the solvent-soluble stain has been removed, follow with the detergent solution procedure outlined above.

To perform a neutralizing rinse:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of WHITE vinegar into 1 pint of cold water.
  • Sponge this mixture lightly onto the affected area.
  • The vinegar will neutralize detergent residue that may remain in the carpet or that may wick to the surface during the drying process.
  • Blot as much of the moisture out of the area as possible by using absorbent white cloth or paper towels.
  • Never use newspaper or anything with print.
  • Finally, lay a dry white absorbent towel over the area and weight with a heavy object, at least overnight.
  • After the area is dry, brush lightly to restore the normal texture of the

Below is an alphabetical list of the most common spots and how to safely remove them.

Acne Medicine

Most acne medicines (and many other medications) contain Benzoyl Peroxide which gradually forms Hydrogen Peroxide and can eventually leave bleach spots in carpet. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1 teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water, blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water, blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel, blot dry with a dry white towel, and vacuum.

Asphalt / Driveway Sealer / Parking Lot Sealer / Creosote

· If not removed when fresh, yellow stain from asphalt off parking lots and driveways is nearly impossible to completely remove without delaminating the carpet. This yellowing is particularly obvious with blue and gray carpet.

· For small areas, blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1 teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Ball Point Pen Ink

Absorb all ink on surface with dry white unprinted paper towels. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® , Energine® or K2Ron a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Beer

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If large quantity, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Berry Stain

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If large quantity has spilled, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day before attempting removal. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

BHT Yellowing

· BHT (Butylated Hydroxy-Toluene) is a preservative used in rebond pad (and bread). With stain-resistant nylon carpet, sometimes BHT turns the carpet yellow especially under throw rugs, under low-lying furniture, and in closets. Apply a solution of 10% Citric Acid (1 pound per gallon). Citric Acid is available at some drugstores. Leave overnight. Vacuum.

Bleach

· Permanent color damage will occur except on most solution-dyed fibers. Bleach dissolves wool!

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. To neutralize the bleach with an anti-chlor, make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the affected area and work in. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 tsp. of liquid Laundry detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Blood

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. If not fully removed, apply household Hydrogen Peroxide (the 3% drugstore variety) to the stain and blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. NOTE: Sometimes the Hydrogen Peroxide will bleach out the carpet fibers. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Browning

· A carpet, particularly wool, will sometimes gain a brown tint on the tips if cleaned with an overly strong high pH detergent. This will sometimes occur, particularly on wool, if the carpet is left wet too long after cleaning, spill, flood, etc. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Butter

· Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Calcium Chloride Ice Melt, Ice Melt Salt, Snow Melting Compound

· If dry, thoroughly vacuum first. If wet, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Carbon Black / Fingerprint Dust / Dry Photocopier Toner / Soot

· It is EXTREMELY important that you NOT get this type of material wet initially! Vacuum thoroughly until you see no more, then vacuum some more! Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Carbon Paper

· Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. NOTE: Some carbon paper inks are more readily removed with Alcohol than with dry cleaning fluid.

Chalk

· Chalk is Calcium Carbonate. Carpenter’s chalk is simply chalk with a dye added for visibility. First, thoroughly vacuum. Chalk is readily soluble in mild acid. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. If any stain from carpenter’s chalk is left, blot with Alcohol.

Chewing Gum

· Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Scrape up residue. Re-clean with the dry cleaning fluid.

Chocolate / Crème de Menthe

· Scrape off excess and absorb. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Clay / Red Clay

· Thoroughly vacuum. If from a flower pot, blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Coffee / Tea

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water.

· If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Place a thin dry white towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a pan of hot water. Remove after 1/2 hour. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Cola Drink / Soft Drink

· A soft drink spill is usually deep into the backing and wicking with attendant resoiling can be a major problem. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1 tsp. of liquid Laundry detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Cough Medicine or Syrup / Vitamins (Liquid) / Children’s Medicine

· Blot with Alcohol until totally removed. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Crayon

· Scrape loose crayon off and pick up large pieces. Vacuum thoroughly WITHOUT brush agitation. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Any remaining color can usually be removed by blotting with Alcohol.

Crepe Paper Dye / Felt Pad Dye

· Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Dandruff Shampoo

· Frequently contains sulfur compounds which may turn the fibers permanently brown. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Duco® Cement

· Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Egg (Raw)

· Immediately scrape off all excess. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent  per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Ether

· Caution – Ether is extremely flammable and will severely damage the integrity of the carpet backing. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Towel used will be very flammable until it has dried.

Fabric Softener

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Food Coloring / Kool-Aid®
· For dry food dyes such as some Easter egg dye powders, THOROUGHLY vacuum before proceeding with any wet techniques. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Furniture Polish

· If liquid, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If wax or solid, scrape up. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Furniture Stain

· If liquid, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If down in the backing, it is highly unlikely that you will get all of the stain out. The fibers will probably be permanently stained. If dry, blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Gentian Violet

· Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Grape Juice

· If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If any stain remains, blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

· If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Place a thin dry towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a pan of hot water. Remove after 1/2 hour. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

·Gravy

· Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Grease (vehicle)

· Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Hair Dye

· Hair dye is one of the most severe stains there is for carpet and can seldom be thoroughly removed! Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Replacement of the stained section may even be necessary.

Ice Cream

· Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Ink

· Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Ink (Permanent) / Felt Tip Markers

· Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Ink (Washable)

· If a heavy spill, scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Insecticides

· Most insecticides permanently stain, bleach, or discolor carpet fibers with little chance of restoring the carpet to the original color.

· Vacuum thoroughly. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Iodine / Betadine®

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Cover the stained area with a thin white towel. Make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the towel. Set a pan of hot water on top of the towel and leave at least thirty minutes. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. NOTE: while rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye.

Kerosene

· If heavily spilled on upholstery or into the backing and pad of a carpet, elimination of the odor is very difficult. Pad or filler material will have to be replaced. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Ketchup / Catsup

· Scrape up residue. Apply a damp WHITE towel to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Scrape up unabsorbed residue. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Lacquer / Linseed Oil

· If wet, absorb. Scrape up any dried material. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Lipstick

· Scrape up residue. Remove all loose material. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Mascara

· Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Mildew

· Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

· NOTE: Black mildew on fabric indicates probable severe irreversible damage. Be extremely careful – the fabric is probably very weak!

Milk

· If “souring” has occurred, professional treatment or removal of the affected section of the pad will be necessary.

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Mucilage / Mucous

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Mustard

· Because it contains a disperse dye, mustard is very difficult to totally remove.

Scrape off loose material. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Nail Polish

· Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® , Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning at 779-3478.

· CAUTION: Amyl Acetate, Acetone, and most nail polish removers are highly flammable and dissolve acetate fibers.

Oil (Petroleum)

· Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine®  or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Orange Drink

· If a heavy spill, leave a weighted moist towel on the spot overnight. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Paint (Latex)

· If wet and on surface, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 tsp. of liquid Laundry detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Paint (Oil Based) / Varnish

· If wet, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If dry, scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine®  or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Phenol (1%)

· Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Potting Soil

· Let dry completely before treating. Dry vacuum until all soil is removed. Soil may contain fertilizers and insecticides which often leave permanent stains. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Rubber Cement

· Scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine®  or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Rust

· Vacuum up loose rust. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a of WHITE towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. .

Shoe Polish (Liquid Wax or Paste)

· Scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine® or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Soil Filtration Lines

· These are the black or darkened areas along the baseboard, around furnace vents, etc. This is caused by air movement where extremely fine soil is deposited on the fibers as the air moves under walls, closed doors, etc. It is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, to thoroughly remove from very light carpet.

· Very thoroughly vacuum. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine®  or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1-teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dishwashing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

Urine

· Scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a WHITE absorbent towel saturated with white vinegar. Apply a WHITE towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

· Severe cases will require pad replacement, cleaning and deodorizing the backing, cleaning and deodorizing and sealing the underlayment.

· NOTE: On wool, urine frequently bleaches out the dyes, especially if not immediately treated.

Vomit

· Vomit is strongly acidic and, therefore, can severely stain carpet and upholstery.

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 tsp. of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Water Colors

· Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 tsp. of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Wax (Candle / Paraffin)

· On nylon carpet only, place a white towel on the area. Heat an iron to medium and set on the towel for thirty seconds. Move the towel as needed. CAUTION: This procedure can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.

· If unable to use the above hot iron technique, blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona®, Energine®  or K2R on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1 tsp. of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If unsuccessful call a professional.

Window Cleaner (Windex®, etc.)

· Irreversible bleaching can occur with some window cleaners, especially in bright sunlight. Blot with Alcohol.

Wine

· If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with white wine on a white towel. If unsuccessful, make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the affected area. Place a pan of hot water on the stain overnight. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet

Disclaimer

This information is solely advisory and should not be substituted for professional advice.  Any and all cleaning decisions should be made with a qualified technician.  We cannot be held responsible for actions you may take without proper professional advice.