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Your Reference Guide to Carpet Stains

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

No one is immune to the variety of carpet stains that can happen daily in one's home.  We get a lot of questions asking how best to remove these everyday stains.  So, we put together a reference guide that outlines helpful and useful information when it comes to combating damage on your beloved rugs.

Rug Renovating sells a spotting kit

 

Must-Have Cleaning Solutions:

The following three solutions will be required as well as a dry cleaning solvent and some white absorbent cloth or tissue.  You can make them yourself using the below directions, or you can purchase Rug Renovating's Spotting Kit which has everything you need!

1. Detergent solution- one teaspoon of neutral detergent, such as “Woolite,” to ½ pint (1/4 liter) of warm water.

2. Detergent/Vinegar Solution- Add one teaspoon of white vinegar to the detergent solution.

3. Ammonia Solution- One teaspoon of household ammonia to one cup of warm water. Test the solution on a small out-of-the-way area, then tackle the stain by working from the outer edge towards the center. Check for color fastness prior to carrying out any wet process on your carpet.

 

Quick Reference Guide for Common Spills:

  • Alcohol/Wines: Blot up surplus spillage. Use the Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Chewing Gum: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution. Blot dry.
  • Coffee: Blot up surplus spillage. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Glue: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent solution, starting with outer edge and blot dry. Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.
  • Ice Cream: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent solution, starting with the outer edge and blot dry. Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.
  • Soft Drinks: Blot up excess with blunt knife. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Urine: Blot up excess with blunt knife. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Solids: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution. Blot dry.
  • Chocolate: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution, starting with the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.

 

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