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The key to successful spot removal is getting to it as quickly as possible.  Keep this page bookmarked, or make a copy of it, so that 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.  Some stains require professional treatment.  If you are not sure of proper treatment, please give us a call.  

Keep the following items on hand in order to be prepared to handle fresh spills on your carpet. 

Neutral dish detergent such as Joy® orDawn® (dilute 20:1); clear household ammonia; white vinegar (dilute 1:1); wet spotter such as Spot Gone®, dry spotter such asDissolve®, 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.

Directions

  1. Treat a spill or stain immediately.
  2. Remove excess material by blotting with clean white absorbent material or by scraping with a dull edge knife or ruler.
  3. Clean remaining stain as indicated on the chart below.  Do Not Over Wet.  Prior to application, test removal agent in an inconspicuous place.  If it doesn't discolor then proceed with the removal of the spot or stain.
  4. After carpet dries, then gently brush pile to restore texture.
  5. Some stains require professional treatment.  If you are not sure of proper treatment please give us a call.

Spotting Solutions

AMMONIA SOLUTION - Mix one tablespoon of clean household ammonia with one-half cup of water.

BLEACH - Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate, present in Snowy or Clorox II.  Do NOT use chlorine bleach.

DETERGENT SOLUTION - Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.

DRYCLEANING SOLVENT - Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Carbona, Energine, K2R.  Use in small amounts . . . can be harmful to sizings, backings or stuffing material.  Do NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid or carbon tetrachloride.

ENZYME DETERGENT - Mix a solution of enzyme detergent following the directions on the label. Do NOT SOAK.  Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the recommended length of time before removing.

POG - Paint, oil and grease remover, available in hardware stores.

VINEGAR SOLUTION - Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.


Solutions By Type of Stain:

BLOOD 1.Apply cool detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply cool ammonia solution, blot.  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  4. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  5. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.  6. Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide may be necessary.

BUTTER & MARGARINE 1. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.  2. Apply detergent solution, blot until dry.  3.  Apply vinegar solution blot. 4. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

CANDLE WAX 1. Scrape off as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.  2. Apply drycleaning solvent.  3. Apply POG, blot.  4. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.

CATSUP & TOMATO SAUCE 1. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  4. If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water. blot dry.

CHOCOLATE 1. Scrape off as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.  2. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  5. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  6. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

COFFEE 1. Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently.  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot. 3. Cover with dry towels until dry.

CRAYONS 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

FOOD COLORING 1. Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently. A dried stain will probably spread when wet.  2. Repeat step 1 until color is no longer transferred to the towel. 3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

FURNITURE STAIN 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry. This stain is almost impossible to remove completely.

GRASS 1. Apply amyl acetate if available to remove chlorophyll, blot.  2. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  3. Rinse with water, blot.  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  6. Rinse with water, blot dry.  Bleaching (or professional stripping) may be necessary.

INK (Ballpoint) 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

INK (India) 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

JAM & JELLY 1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  3. Rinse with water, blot. 4. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

LIPSTICK 1. Scrape off excess with spatula or dull knife.  2. Apply POG, blot, making sure not to reapply stain onto fabric.  3. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent, blot.  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  6. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  7. Rinse with water, blot until dry.  Try to avoid wet cleaning on wool.  Use POG and drycleaning solvents as long as possible.

MILDEW 1. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  3. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot.  4. Apply solution of oxidizing bleach (chlorine or perborate) Do not use chlorine bleach on wool or silk.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

MUD 1. Brush or scrape off as much as possible.  2. Apply detergent solution, blot. 3. Apply ammonia solution, blot. 4. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  5. If stain remains, apply POG and drycleaning solvent alternately, blot until dry.

MUSTARD 1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  4. If stain remains, rust remover (oxalic acid solution) or bleaching may be necessary.  Do not use ammonia or alkalies.

NAIL POLISH 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply amyl acetate if available, or nail polish remover - PRETEST FIRST.  3. If stain remains, apply detergent solution, blot until dry.  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

PAINT (Oil Based) 1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  3. Rinse with water, blot until dry.  4. Apply POG, blot.  5. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.

PAINT (Water Based) Check label on paint or specific thinner or solvent OR 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot.  4. Alternate steps 2 and 3 until stain is removed.  5. If stain persists weight down the stain with towels dampened with drycleaning solvent for several hours to loosen, blot with solvent.  6. Apply several drops of detergent solution and work into the stain, blot.  7. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  8. Alternate steps 2, 3 and 6 until stain is removed.  9. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, blot until dry.

SHOE POLISH 1. Apply drycleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply drycleaning solvent, blot. 4. Apply detergent solution, blot.  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  7. If stain persists, bleaching (or professional stripping) may be necessary.

URINE 1. Blot up as much as possible if still wet.  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  6. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.  7. Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary.  Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.

VOMIT 1. Blot up as much as possible.  2. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

WINE 1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. If necessary, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.