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We accept no responsibility for the results of any stain removal. You proceed at your own risk. Be sure to read all directions
  before attempting any stain removal.

Basic Stains Solvent
Soluble
Water Soluble

Acetone
Alcohol
Asphalt/ Tar
Ball Point Pen
Beer
Berry Stain
Blood
Butter
Snow "salt"
Toner/ Carbon
Chalk
Chewing Gum
Chocolate
Clay/ Red Clay
Coffee/ Tea
Cola/ Soft Drink
Cough Medicine/ Syrup
Crayon
Duco Cement

Egg
Fabric Softener
Feces
Food Coloring/ Kool Aid
Furniture Polish
Grape Juice
Gravy
Grease
Hair Dye
Ice Cream
Ink (Permanent)
Ink (Washable)
Insecticides
Iodine/ Betadine
Ketchup
Kerosene/ Fuel Oil
Lipstick
Mascara
Mildew

Milk
Mustard
Nail Polish
Oil
Orange Drink
Paint (Latex)
Paint (Oil)
Potting Soil
Rubber Cement
Rust
Shoe Polish (Liquid)
Shoe Polish (Wax, Paste)
Soil Filtration Lines
Urine
Vomit
Water Colors
Wax (Candle)
Windex
Wine


Consumer Information for Treating Spots and Stains On Rugs and Carpets

How to Treat Stains

  • You must act quickly for any type of stain. Pick up solids that
    are easily removable. For muddy footprints, wait until they are dry
    and then vacuum.
Two Types of Basic Stains That Appear on Carpets


  • Solvent-Soluble – includes tar, crayon, oils, lipstick,
    greases, and butter


  • Water-Soluble – which include most food and beverages, urine,
    vomit


  • Remember: You should use a neutralizing rinse to remove any
    traces of detergent after all spotting procedures.

Treatment for Removing Stains

  • To remove
    solvent-soluble stains:
    Use products like AFTA that are
    available in retail stores. Never pour a solvent directly from the
    container onto the carpet because it may cause the glue/latex
    holding the carpet to the backing to become loose. Apply the
    solvent to the stain by gently blotting with a cloth. After the
    solvent-soluble stain has been removed, follow with AFTA as stated
    above.


  • To remove water-soluble
    stains:
    Make a detergent solution first. Mix one teaspoon of a
    mild detergent into one pint of lukewarm water. Do not use any
    solution that contains bleach. Sponge the detergent mixture onto
    the water-soluble stain. When foam appears, softly sponge off this
    foam with clear, cold water until all visible signs of the suds
    have disappeared. A Spotless spotter may be used directly from the
    container-just follow the directions on the bottle. Always make
    sure you rinse out any spotting chemical that you are using. Never
    use chemical color enhancers or brighteners.

    • Following that, mix one teaspoon of white vinegar into one pint
      of cold water. Sponge this mixture lightly onto the affected area.
      The vinegar will neutralize detergent residue that may remain in
      the carpet or that may wick to the surface during the drying
      process. Spot as much of the moisture out of the area as possible
      by using an absorbent paper towels or white cloth towel. Never use
      anything with print. Overnight place a dry white absorbent towel
      over the area and weight with a heavy object. When the area is dry,
      brush lightly to bring back the normal texture of the carpet
      surface.

Spotless Guide for Removing Spots

General Information

"Acetone">Acetone


  • Primary ingredient in many non-oily fingernail polishes and
    removers
  • Evaporates very rapidly and dissolves acetate fibers
  • Use a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish
    washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. With a white towel
    blot with lukewarm water and then blot dry with a dry white
    towel.
  • Strong solvent, which can buckle up a carpet and make it
    unglued if it penetrates through the backing of the carpet.

"Alcohol">Alcohol

  • Apply pressure with a dry white absorbent towel.

Tar / Asphalt
/ Parking Lot Sealer / Driveway Sealer / Creosote

  • Remove when fresh because the yellow stain from asphalt off
    parking lots and driveways is almost impossible to completely
    remove without delaminating the carpet. Blue and gray carpets
    really seem to show the yellowing more.


  • Blot small areas with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such
    as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you
    will destroy the latex glue holding the secondary and primary
    backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of
    liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot
    lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply one-half inch layer of
    unprinted white paper towels to the affected area, and weight down
    with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Ball
Point Pen Ink


  • Soak up all ink on surface with dry white paper towels
    (unprinted). Blot with Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with
    a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel.
    You will destroy the glue holding the primary and secondary backing
    together if you pour the solution directly on the carpet. Blot with
    a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a towel. Blot with two tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of
    water. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per two
    cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a
    one-half inch layer of white paper towels (unprinted) to the
    affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove
    the next day.

Beer

  • Blot with a dry white absorbent towel. For a large quantity,
    apply a one-half inch layer of white (unprinted) paper towels to
    the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and
    remove the next day. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum
    of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water.
    Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with two
    tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a
    solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer
    of white paper towels (unprinted) to the affected area, and weight
    down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If
    unsuccessful, call a Spotless location near you.

Berry
Stain


  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. For a large
    quantity, apply a one-half inch layer of white (unprinted) paper
    towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy
    object and remove the next day before attempting removal. Blot with
    a solution of ¼ of a cup of liquid hand dish washing detergent per
    cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
    Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a
    one-half inch layer of white paper towels (unprinted) to the
    affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove
    the next day.

Bleach

  • Permanent color damage will occur except on most solution-dyed
    fibers. Bleach dissolves wool and damages cotton.


  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. To neutralize the
    bleach with an anti-chlor, make a pint of hot water containing 2
    ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash (available in most
    discount and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly on to the
    affected area and work in.
    NOTE: While rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet
    dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a
    solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel. A professional may be required to re-dye any
    bleached out area.

Blood

  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with two
    tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. If not fully
    removed, apply household Hydrogen Peroxide (the 3% drugstore
    variety) to the stain and blot with lukewarm water with a white
    towel. NOTE: Sometimes the Hydrogen Peroxide will bleach out the
    carpet fibers. Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels
    (unprinted) to the affected area, and weight down with a flat,
    heavy object and remove the next day. I

Butter

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with two
    tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a
    solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Calcium Chloride
Ice Melt, Ice Melt Salt, Snow Melting Compound

  • If dry, thoroughly vacuum first. If wet, blot with a dry white
    absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar
    per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
    Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.

Carbon Black /
Fingerprint Dust / Dry Photocopier Toner / Soot

  • It is extremely important that you do not get this type of
    material wet initially! Vacuum thoroughly until you see no more,
    and then vacuum again. Blot with non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a
    dry white absorbent towel. If unsuccessful, call a Spotless location near you.

Chalk

  • Chalk is Calcium Carbonate. Carpenter's chalk is simply chalk
    with a dye added for visibility. First, thoroughly vacuum. Chalk is
    readily soluble in mild acid. Blot with a solution of one cup of
    white vinegar per two cups of water. If any stain from carpenter's
    chalk is left, blot with Alcohol. Note: The ink in carpenter's
    chalk is permanent.

Chewing Gum

  • Place several ice cubes in a plastic bag and press against the
    chewing gum so that it gets brittle and can be pulled or broken
    off. Small bits can be cut out. For any remaining gum, blot with
    non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do
    not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue
    holding the primary and secondary backing together. Scrape up
    residue. Re-clean with the dry cleaning fluid.

Chocolate
/ Crème de Menthe

  • Scrape off excess and absorb. Blot with lukewarm water with a
    towel. Blot with two tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of
    water. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand
    dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with
    lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of one cup
    of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot dry with dry white
    absorbent towel. If unsuccessful, call a Spotless location
    near you.

Clay / Red
Clay

  • Thoroughly vacuum. If from a flowerpot, blot with a solution of
    one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot dry with dry
    white absorbent towel.

Coffee/
Tea

  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Apply one-half inch
    layer of unprinted white paper towels to the affected area, and
    weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot
    with non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white
    towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the
    latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot
    with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per
    two cups of water.


  • If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water
    containing two ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash
    (obtainable in most discount and fabric stores). Place a thin dry
    white towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution
    directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a
    pan of hot water. Remove after ½ hour. NOTE: while rare, this
    solution itself can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent
    towel.



Cola Drink / Soft
Drink

  • A soft drink spill is usually deep into the backing and wicking
    with attendant re-soiling can be a major problem. Blot dry with a
    dry white absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a
    solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel. Apply one-half inch layer of unprinted white paper
    towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy
    object and remove the next day.

Cough Medicine or
Syrup / Vitamins (Liquid) / Children's Medicine

  • Blot with Alcohol until totally removed. Blot with a solution
    of ¼ cup of a cup of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot
    dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Apply one-half inch layer of
    unprinted white paper towels to the affected area, and weight down
    with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Crayon


  • For upholstery stains, press transparent tape against the
    crayon marks to remove them. Then use the following directions.
    Scrape loose crayon off and pick up large pieces. Vacuum thoroughly
    without brush agitation. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning
    fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Any remaining color can usually be
    removed by blotting with Alcohol.

Duco Cement

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a
    white towel. Do not pour directly on carpet or you will destroy the
    latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot
    with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel.

Egg (Raw)


  • Immediately scrape off all excess. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of
    liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of one
    cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel. Apply one-half inch layer of unprinted
    white paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a
    flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

Fabric
Softener

  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol.
    Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per
    two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
    Apply one-half inch layer of unprinted white paper towels to the
    affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove
    the next day.

Feces

  • Scrape up all loose material. Spray contaminated area liberally
    with an enzyme spotter and agitate fibers to emulsify
    contamination. Rinse through thoroughly. Leave as dry as possible.
    If discoloration remains, apply peroxide (nylon or olefin only) and
    wet the discolored fibers. Allow spot to dry at ambient room
    temperature. The stain may disappear as it dries. NOTE: Peroxide
    may bleach out the carpet dyes. If unsuccessful, call a

    Spotless location near you.

Food
Coloring / Kool-Aid / Popsicle

  • For dry food dyes such as some Easter egg dye powders,
    thoroughly vacuum before proceeding with any wet techniques. Blot
    with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of
    liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of one
    cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot dry with a dry
    white absorbent towel. Apply one-half inch layer of unprinted white
    paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat,
    heavy object and remove the next day. If unsuccessful, call a
    Spotless location near you.

Furniture
Polish

  • If liquid, blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. If wax or
    solid, scrape up. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such
    as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you
    will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary
    backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of
    liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply one-half inch layer
    of unprinted white paper towels to the affected area, and weight
    down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If
    unsuccessful, call a Spotless location near you.

Grape
Juice

  • If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of unprinted
    white paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a
    flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If any stain remains,
    blot with two tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water.
    Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply one-half inch
    layer of unprinted white paper towels to the affected area, and
    weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.



  • If stain is still present, pour household-type hydrogen
    peroxide on the stain and leave overnight to dry. NOTE: While rare,
    this solution can bleach out the carpet dye.


Gravy

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a
    solution of two tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water.
    Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of
    water. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.

Grease
(vehicle)


  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Hair
Dye

  • Hair dye is one of the most severe stains there is for carpet
    and can seldom be thoroughly removed! Blot with Alcohol. Blot with
    a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup
    of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water
    with a white towel. Replacement of the stained section may even be
    necessary.

Ice
Cream


  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of household ammonia
    per cup of water. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar
    per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white
    towel.

Ink
(India)

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a
    non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do
    not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue
    holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a
    solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel.

Ink (Permanent) / Felt Tip Markers

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a
    non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do
    not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue
    holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a
    solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel.

Ink
(Washable)

  • If a heavy spill, scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of one
    teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of
    household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of one cup
    of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water
    with a white towel.

"Insect">Insecticides

  • Most insecticides permanently stain, bleach, or discolor carpet
    fibers with little chance of restoring the carpet to the original
    color.



  • Vacuum thoroughly. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one-teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of household ammonia
    per cup of water. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar
    per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white
    towel.

Iodine /
Betadine

  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol.
    Cover the stained area with a thin white towel. Make a pint of hot
    water containing two ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White
    Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour
    the solution directly onto the towel. Set a pan of hot water on top
    of the towel and leave at least thirty minutes. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent
    towel. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet
    dye.

Kerosene /
Fuel Oil / Gasoline


  • · If heavily spilled on upholstery or into the backing and pad
    of a carpet, elimination of the odor is very difficult. Pad or
    filler material will have to be replaced. Apply a one-half inch
    layer of white (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and
    weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.


  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with a
    non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do
    not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue
    holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a
    solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Apply a
    one-half inch layer of white (no printing) paper towels to the
    affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove
    the next day.

Ketchup /
Catsup

  • Scrape up residue. Apply a damp white towel to the affected
    area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next
    day. Scrape up unabsorbed residue. Blot with a solution of one
    teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar per
    two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
    Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.

Lacquer /
Linseed Oil

  • If wet, absorb. Scrape up any dried material. Blot with an
    Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry
    cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly
    on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the
    primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one
    teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of
    household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a
    white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.

"Lipstick">Lipstick

  • Scrape up residue. Remove all loose material. Blot with an
    acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry
    cleaning fluid such as AFTA white towel. Do not pour directly on
    the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary
    and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of two
    tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a
    solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid hand dish washing detergent per
    cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of one cup of white
    vinegar per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a
    white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Apply a
    one-half inch layer of white (no printing) paper towels to the
    affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove
    the next day.

"Mascara">Mascara


  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a
    white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy
    the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together.
    Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish
    washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel.

Mildew

  • If the carpet is 100% solution dyed olefin (polypropylene),
    spray bleach onto the mildewed area, leave 1 hour, blot with water,
    dry blot with white towels. Caution: Do not get on any other
    surfaces!


  • If not solution dyed olefin, blot with a solution of one
    teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with household hydrogen peroxide and allow
    drying overnight. NOTE: Hydrogen Peroxide may bleach out the
    carpet.
  • NOTE: Black mildew on fabric indicates probable severe
    irreversible damage. Be extremely careful - the fabric is probably
    very weak!

Milk

  • If "souring" has occurred, professional treatment or removal of
    the affected section of the pad will be necessary.


  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel. If heavy spill, apply a one-half inch
    layer of white (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and
    weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot
    with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white
    towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the
    latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot
    with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of two
    tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a
    solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel.

"Mustard">Mustard


  • Because it contains a disperse dye, mustard is very difficult
    to totally remove.


  • If the carpet is 100% solution dyed olefin (polypropylene),
    scrape up residue, spray bleach onto the stained area, and leave 1
    hour, blot with water, and dry blot with white towels. CAUTION: Do
    not get on any other surfaces!


  • For other surfaces, scrape off loose material. Blot with
    household hydrogen peroxide and allow drying. NOTE: Hydrogen
    peroxide may bleach out the carpet.

Nail Polish


  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a
    non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do
    not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue
    holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a
    solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with
    a white towel. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of household
    ammonia per cup of water.

  • CAUTION: Amyl Acetate, Acetone, and most nail polish removers
    are highly flammable and dissolve acetate fibers.

Oil
(Petroleum)

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA white
    towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the
    latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot
    with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing
    detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of two
    tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with
    lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel.

Orange
Drink


  • If a heavy spill, leave a weighted moist towel on the spot
    overnight. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid
    hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with
    lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel.

Paint
(Latex)

  • If wet and on the surface only, blot with lukewarm water with a
    white towel. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid
    hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a
    solution of two tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water.
    Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of
    water. Apply a one-half inch layer of white (no print) paper towels
    to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and
    remove the next day.

Paint (Oil
Based) / Varnish


  • If wet, blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. If dry,
    scrape up residue. Blot with an acetone-based nail polish remover.
    Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a
    white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy
    the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together.
    Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish
    washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution
    of two tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with
    lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of white (no print)
    paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat,
    heavy object and remove the next day.

"PottingSoil">Potting Soil

  • Let dry completely before treating. Dry vacuum until all soil
    is removed. Soil may contain fertilizers and insecticides, which
    often leave permanent stains. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a
    dry white absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of white (no
    print) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a
    flat, heavy object and remove the next day.

"RubberCement">Rubber Cement

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with an acetone-based nail polish
    remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA
    on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will
    destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing
    together. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of liquid
    hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with
    lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel.

Rust

  • Vacuum up loose rust. Blot with a solution of one cup of white
    vinegar per two cups of water. Apply a of white towel saturated
    with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a
    flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent
    towel.

"LiqShoePolish">Shoe Polish (Liquid)

  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with an
    Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry
    cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly
    on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the
    primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one
    teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of
    household ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a
    white towel.

"WaxShoePolish">Shoe Polish (Wax or Paste)

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish
    remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as AFTA
    on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will
    destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing
    together. If unsuccessful, call a Spotless location near
    you.

Soil
Filtration Lines

  • These are the black or darkened areas along the baseboard,
    around furnace vents, etc. especially common in homes where candles
    are burned. This is caused by air movement where extremely fine
    soil is deposited on the fibers as the air moves under walls,
    closed doors, etc. It is extremely difficult, if not nearly
    impossible, to thoroughly remove from very light carpet without
    professional chemicals and equipment.



  • Vacuum thoroughly. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid
    such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet
    or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and
    secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of
    liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot
    with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry white
    absorbent towel.

Urine

  • Scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.
    Blot with a white absorbent towel saturated with white vinegar.
    Apply a white towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected
    area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next
    day.
  • Severe cases will require pad replacement, cleaning and
    deodorizing the backing, cleaning and deodorizing and sealing the
    underlayment.


  • NOTE: On wool, urine frequently bleaches out the dyes,
    especially if not immediately treated.

Vomit

  • Vomit is strongly acidic and, therefore, can severely stain
    carpet and upholstery.


  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm
    water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon
    maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm
    water. Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of household ammonia
    per cup of water. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar
    per two cups of water. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.
    Apply a one-half inch layer of white (no print) paper towels to the
    affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove
    the next day.

Water
Colors


  • Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol.
    Blot with a solution of two tablespoons of household ammonia per
    cup of water. Blot with a solution of one teaspoon maximum of
    liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot
    with a solution of one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water.
    Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

Wax (Candle /
Paraffin)

  • On nylon carpet only, place a white towel on the area. Heat an
    iron to medium and set on the towel for thirty seconds. Move the
    towel as needed. CAUTION: This procedure can damage the carpet if
    not done very cautiously.


  • If unable to use the above hot iron technique, blot with an
    Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry
    cleaning fluid such as AFTA on a white towel. Do not pour directly
    on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the
    primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of one
    teaspoon maximum of liquid hand dish washing detergent per cup of
    lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of one cup of white vinegar
    per two cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.
    Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.

Glass Cleaner /
Window Cleaner

  • Irreversible bleaching can occur with some window cleaners,
    especially in bright sunlight. Blot with Alcohol.

Wine

  • If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of white (no
    print) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a
    flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with white wine on
    a white towel. If unsuccessful, pour household hydrogen peroxide on
    the spill and allow drying. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself
    can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a
    white towel. Blot dry with a dry white absorbent towel.




 

 


















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