Spot and Stain Removal
Spot and stain removal
One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is the removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly is the key to success when anything is dropped or spilled and always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand is of the utmost importance.
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Cleaning solutions
DETERGENT SOLUTION : Mix one teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid (containing no bleaches or strong alkalis) and one teaspoon of white vinegar with 500ml of warm water (not hot). This solution must be rinsed well with clear water.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT : One teaspoon in 250ml of warm water

AMMONIA SOLUTION : Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 100ml of water. Once stain is removed the carpet must be neutralised with the vinegar solution. Apply, blot and rinse. Wool and treated nylon carpet (ie, Stainmaster, Scotchgard etc) are adversely affected by ammonia. Substitute with No. 2 on chart.

VINEGAR SOLUTION : Mix 100ml of white vinegar with 200ml of water

SOLVENT : A dry cleaning solvent such as Murlex (available at small grocery or hardware stores) or white spirit. Use on dry carpet only
Vacuuming
The most important maintenance step is proper vacuuming. Regular & thorough vacuuming at least once a week and more often in heavy traffic areas will remove soil & dirt particles before they become embedded in the pile of the carpet. Remember you cannot over-vacuum & vacuuming should begin the day the carpet is installed. Frequent vacuuming is a carpet’s best friend.

Spot and Stain Removal Table

Treatment Key

  1. Cold Water
  2. Detergent Solution
  3. Laundry Detergent
  4. Solvent (only on dry carpet)
  5. Chill with aerosol freezing or ice cubles in plastic bag
  6. Vinegar Solution
  7. Warm Water
  8. Clear nail polish remover (no lanolin)
  9. Alcohol (eg. Isocol)
  10. Rust remover
  11. Vacuum
  12. Mineral Turpentine
  13. Ammonia Solution
  14. Clear household disinfectant
  15. Baking Soda
  16. Brown Paper with warm iron
Spot / Stain
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Alchoholic Beverage
1
2
-
Bleach
-
3
-
Blood
1
2
13
Butter
4
2
-
Candle Wax
16
-
-
Chewing Gum
5
4
-
Chocolate
4
2
-
Coffee
1
2
6
Cola and soft drink
1
2
-
Cooking oils
4
2
-
Cream
2
4
-
Eggs
12
13
-
Faeces
2
13
14
Floor Wax
4
3
4
Fruit Juice
1
2
6
Furniture Polish
4
2
-
Gravy and Sauces
7
2
13
Ink (Fountain Pen)
1
2
-
Ink (Ball Point)
4
9
2
Ink (Felt Tip)
7
2
8
Lipstick
4
2
13
Milk
7
2
4
Mustard
2
6
-
Nail Polish
8
-
-
Oil Grease
4
2
-
Paint (Latex)
1
2
-
Paint (Oil)
12
4
3
Rust
6
10
-
Salad Dressing
2
4
-
Shoe Polish
4
2
-
Soot
11
4
2
Tar
4
12
4
Tea
1
2
6
Tomato Sauce
7
2
13
Urine (Fresh)
11
13
-
Urine (Old)
2
6
13
Vomit
15
2
13
Wine
1
2
6
Unkown Material
4
2
3
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