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Carpet Spot Cleaning Guide

Recommended Stain Removal Procedures

HOUSEHOLD SPILL AND STAIN CHART

Locate your stain on the charts and follow the appropriate cleaning steps.

Water-Based Stains

For these stains, start with Step 1. under Cleaning Steps. If stain remains, proceed with Steps 2. and 3.

Alcohol

Beer

Blood

Catsup/Ketchup

Chocolate

Chocolate Milk

Clay

Cola

Cologne

Fruit Juice

Fruit Punch

Graphite

Gravy

Ice Cream

Jelly

Latex Paint

Liquor

Milk

Soft Drinks

Soil Spots

Syrup

Comit

Water Colors

Wine

Special Water-Based Stains

For these stains, start with Step 1. under Cleaning Steps. If stain remains, proceed with Steps 3. Omit Step 2.

Coffee

Tea

Greasy, Oil-Based Stains

For these stains, use dry cleaning fluid. Follow directions on package. If stain remains, proceed with 1-2-3 cleaning method.

Butter

Calamine Lotion

Cooking Oil

Cosmetics

Crayon

Felt Tip Marker

Furniture Dye

Furniture Polish

Glue*

Grease (Black)

Gum*

Hand Cream

Ink

Lipstick

Margarine

Mascara

Mayonnaise

Nail Polish

Ointment

Oil

Salad Dressing

Tar

Varnish

Wax*

* Freeze and remove solid materials before cleaning.

Stains from coffee, tea, mustard and all non-food items are excluded from warranty coverage.

Stains to Have Professionally Cleaned

Do not try to clean these stains on your own. Hire a professional. These types of stains require  hot water extraction and special chemicals with enzymes in order to be removed.

Urine

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DO NOT USE “DO-IT-YOURSELF”

Do-it-yourself rug shampooers or “steam cleaning machines” usually do more harm than good. First, they leave most of the dirt and residue behind. Secondly, the shampooer leaves detergent residue in addition to the soil that was already there! Do-it-yourself, so called “steam” cleaning can cause serious, permanent damage from over wetting.

CLEANING STEPS

Always pre-test in an inconspicuous location for fabric and dye stability and shrinkage.

Step 1

  1. Remove solid materials, work from the outside of the stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  2. Blot up liquid spills with a white towel.
  3. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach liquid dish washing detergent with 16oz. of lukewarm water.
  4. Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  5. Pat gently. Tum cloth frequently. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpets.
  6. Rinse with clear lukewarm water.
  7. Cover the spot with an absorbant white towel and apply pressure to blot.
  8. Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure traces of the fluid have been detergent have been removed.
  9. If the stain is gone, place white towels over the spot, and weight towels down with a heavy colorfast object. Change towels until dry.
  10. If stain remains, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup oflukewarm water.
  2. Do not use on coffee, tea, or urine stains. Go to Step 3.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.
  4. Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to Step 3.

Step 3

  1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.

Helpful Hints

Use Entrance Mats

Place mats inside and outside of your entrances to
trap soil before it can be tracked into your home.

Vacuum Regularly

You can never vacuum too often. Manufacturers
recommend a vacuum with a properly set beater
bar, one which will raise the pile while it removes soil.

Blot Up Stains Immediately

Immediate attention to spills and spots will make
removal easier. Follow stain removal instructions
recommended by the yarn manufacturer.

Clean Periodically

Clean your carpet before it shows traffic patterns.
Soil particles can damage your carpet yarns. Follow
recommended cleaning procedures to prevent
voiding your warranty.

Remember, a spot is not a stain