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Spot & Stain Guide | Carpet Cleaning

Wondering how to remove stains from your carpet?
View our Spot & Stain Guide below for answers.

Click on the stain type to view the proper removal procedure, then click procedure type to view:

Other Links: Solution Recipies and General Procedures for Removing Carpet Stains

Berries:

  • Remove as much of the spill as possible by blotting with white paper towels, if a large quantity is spilled you can try using a wet vac as well. If the spot has dried, moisten the tufts with tap water, be careful not to overwet. Allow the spot to rest for about a minute and blot. If you notice the color of the berries transferring into your cloth, continue using tap water until the stain appears removed and then place color fast towels with a weight on top over the stain and leave it. IF the stain is not completely removed:
  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If the spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white towel until the spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture;
  • Then-spray again with water but DON’T blot, place a color fast towel with a weight to absorb the moisture.

Blood

Refer to Procedure 1


Candle Wax:

  • Spread a brown paper grocery bag over top of the area and iron with the setting on warm. The wax should be absorbed into the paper. BE CAREFUL not to use to much heat or allow the iron to sit in the same spot as carpet fibres are a synthetic material and WILL MELT!
  • Remove any traces with alcohol or dry cleaning fluid.

Catsup:

Refer to Procedure 1


Chewing Gum:

  • Freeze the gum with an ice cube;
  • Shatter the frozen gum with a knife handle and vacuum.

Chocolate:

Refer to Procedure 1


Coffee:

Refer to Procedure 3


Cola:

Refer to Procedure 1


Crayon:

Refer to Procedure 2


Excrement:

Refer to Procedure 1


Graphite/Copy Machine Material:

  • Vacuum using the crevice tool of your vacuum to remove the soot. If all, or most, of the soot has not been removed, call us. If vacuuming has removed all particles go to the next step to remove any traces.
  • Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white towel;
  • Apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no colour is transferred into the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the bond. Stop if the spot is removed if not, go to the next step.
  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If the spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
  • Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and a heavy object and allow it to dry.

Grease:

Refer to Procedure 2


Hand Lotion:

Refer to Procedure 2


Ink:

Refer to Procedure 2


Nail Polish:

  • Remove as much of the nail polish as possible using a spoon or dull knife.
  • Apply a non-oily nail polish remover to a clean white cloth and gently rub (only one direction at a time) or blot the spot. Continue until spot is removed. Do not allow nail polish remover to get to the latex backing. Go to the next step to remove nail polish remover.
  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If the spot is removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle;
  • Spray lightly with water, DO NOT blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and stack of books and allow to dry;

Make-up:

Refer to Procedure 2


Oil:

Refer to Procedure 2


Paint:

Refer to Procedure 2


Rust:

  • Saturate spot with lemon juice, using a spray bottle, and allow to remain for 5 minutes.
  • Blot up as much liquid as possible with a white terry towel until the spot is removed;
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture,
  • Spray lightly with water using a spray bottle, do not blot, apply pad of paper towels and stack of books, allow to dry.

Sauces:

Refer to Procedure 2


Shoe Polish:

Refer to Procedure 2


Tea:

Refer to Procedure 3


Toothpaste:

Refer to Procedure 1


Vomit:

Refer to Procedure 1


Wine:

Refer to Procedure 3

Procedure 1

  • Remove as much of the stain as possible by blotting with a white terry towel, then neutralize with an ammonia solution. Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white terry towel to remove excess moisture. All solutions for removing blood must be cool.
  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If the spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture;
  • Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and stack of books, allow it to dry.

Procedure 2

  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If the spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture. Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and stack of books and allow to dr.

Procedure 3

  • Blot with a white towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize with the white vinegar solution. Saturate spot with white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If the spot being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white   towel until spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
  • Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and stack of books allow to dry.

Solutions:

Ammonia Solution: /strong>  Mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water.

Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain bleach with 2 cups of water.


General Rules for Removing Carpet Stains:Supplies:

  • White Paper Towel Product
  • Take 1/4 Teaspoon Hand Dishwashing Soap (Without Lanolin), or Bleach and mix with 1 Quart of water
  • Spray bottle for mixtures
  • 1 Tablespoon household ammonia mixed with 1/2 cup water to make ammonia solution
  • Rubbing Alcohol with Isopropyl
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • A vinegar solution using 1/3 cup vinegar, (use only white), and 2/3 cup water
  • Dull Knife
  • Heavy object(s)… Eg. Books

Procedure:

Step 1: Water Based Stains

  • Blot up as much as possible of the spill. Using a Wet Vacuum is easier for large spills.
  • In the case of dried spills, moisten the fibres in the area with tap water (Do not over saturate). Leave for 1 minute then blot up.
  • If you are using water to clean the spot, then repeat above until spot is removed. Blot dry, then put paper towel and heavy object over area.

Step 2

  • Remove as much of the spot as possible by blotting with dull knife or paper towel.
  • Apply minimal amount of detergent mixture to the area. Use a sponging motion to work the mixture into the fibres. If the spot is disappearing continue with this procedure until stain is fully removed.
  • Rinse using a spray bottle with tap water, sponge to remove excess moisture. Spray lightly without sponging. Apply paper towels and heavy object to area and allow to dry.
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