Do It Yourself Tips

Emergency Spills

Much carpet available today has been treated with a stain resistant finish and/or a soil retardant treatment; however, no carpet is "stain-proof". The longer the spill or staining material is allowed to remain on the carpet, the more difficult it may be to remove. 

Follow these general procedures for emergency stain removal:

  • NEVER scrub. Always blot. Don't rub vigorously.
  • Act quickly when anything is dropped or spilled. Remove spots before they dry.
  • Blot liquids with a clean, white, absorbent cloth or paper towel. For semi-solids, scoop up with a rounded spoon. For solids, break up and vacuum out as much as possible.
  • Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to make certain it will not damage the carpet or its dyes.
  • Apply a small amount of the recommended cleaning solution to the cloth. Work in gently. Do not scrub. Work from the edges of the spot to the centre. Blot thoroughly. Repeat until spot is removed. 
  • Follow the steps on the Spot Removal Chart below. After each application, absorb as much as possible before proceeding to the next step.
  • Repeat with clean water, and blot again to remove any remaining cleaner residue. To ensure the cleaned area has been thoroughly neutralized of any cleaning residue dampen with wite vinegar.
  • Absorb remaining moisture with layers of white paper towels, weighted down with a nonstaining glass or ceramic object.
  • When completely dry, vacuum or brush the pile to restore the texture.
  • If the spot is not completely removed, contact a professional carpet cleaner.

Cleaning Methods
  1. Dry Cleaning Fluid - a nonflammable spot removal liquid available in grocery and hardware stores.
  2. Nail Polish Remover - Amyl Acetate - often has a banana fragrance. Do not use if it contains acetone.
  3. Detergent Solution - Mix 2 cups cold water and 1/8 teaspoon mild liquid detergent (no lanolin, non-bleach).
  4. Warm Water - Lukewarm tap water.
  5. Vinegar Solution - One part WHITE vinegar to one part water.
  6. Ammonia Solution - One tablespoon household ammonia to one cup water.
  7. Spot Removal Kit - Available from retail carpet stores.
  8. Call a Professional - For additional suggestions or special cleaning chemicals.

Spot Removal Chart

Below is a list of some common household spills. Find the stain and, using the Cleaning Methods above, follow the recommended methods by attempting the first suggestion first, then the second, and so on until the spot is successfully removed.


Stain                                      Cleaning Method                      
Alcoholic Beverages 3, 6, 5, 4
Bleach 3, 4, 8
Blood 3, 6, 4, 7
Candle Wax 1, 6
Chalk 3, 4
Coffee 3, 5, 4, 7, 8
Cosmetics 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Crayon 1, 3, 4
Furniture Polish (Water Based) 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Furniture Polish (Solvent Based) 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7
Grease 1, 3, 4, 7, 8
Ink 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Nail Polish 2, 1, 3, 7, 8
Rust 5, 3, 4, 7, 8
Soft Drinks 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8
Toothpaste 3
Urine 3, 5, 7, 8
Vomit 3, 6, 5, 4, 7, 8


 

 
 
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