Handy Spotting Chart for Carpets & Upholstery
Listed below are some general spot removal procedures. If the origin
of the spot is unknown, begin with Step #1. Be sure you first test any
cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area of the carpet, looking for
color or fiber distortion. If you have any questions or problems, please
call us! We're experts in spot removal.
Use the following home cleaning solutions:
Detergent Solution: (Only to be used if you're out of
a good carpet spot remover) Mix 1 qt. of water with 1/4 teaspoon hand
dishwashing detergent that doesn't contain lanolin or bleach. Dawn or
Joy are safe detergents.
Ammonia Solution: 1/2 cup of water with 1 tablespoon
of clear household ammonia.
White Vinegar Solution: 2/3 cup of water with 1/3 cup
of white vinegar.
Children's Drink Mix
Graphite / Toner
General Spotting Procedures
Step #1: Unknown and Greasy Spots. Remove as much of
the material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping
with a dull knife. Apply ribbing alcohol to a clean white cloth and use
a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no more color transfer
is apparent. Don't allow the alcohol to penetrate the base of the fibers,
as it will dissolve the latex bonding material. Never scrub the carpet
- permanent fiber distortion may result. If the spot is removed, go to
step #3 to remove any residue.
Step #2: Water Based Spots. Blot up as much of the spill
as possible. A shop vacuum is useful if a large quantity of liquid was
spilled. If spot has dried, saturate the tops of the carpet fibers in
the affected area with tap water. (Do not over wet) Allow to remain for
about 1 minute and blot until spot is completely removed. Repeat as necessary.
If not completely removed, go to step 3.
Step #3: Remove as much of the material as possible by
blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife. Apply
a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot and blot with a clean
white cloth. Continue until the spot is removed, Rinse with tap water
using a spray bottle and blot dry. Repeat. If some stain still remains,
moisten the tufts with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for 1 hour. blot
and repeat until spot is removed. No rinsing of peroxide is necessary.
Specialized Spotting Procedures
A. Blot with white paper towel or cloth, then neutralize
with an ammonia solution, saturating the spot but not wet enough to soak
the backing. Blot to remove excess moisture. Proceed to step 3 of the
general spotting procedures. Note: All solutions used for removing blood
must be cold.
B. Blot with white paper towel or cloth, then neutralize
with the white vinegar solution, saturating the spot, but not wet enough
to soak the backing. Blot to remove excess moisture, then proceed to step
3 of the general spotting procedures.
C. Remove as much of the material as possible by scraping
with a spoon or dull knife. Blot up as much of the material as possible,
then spray the affected area with the ammonia solution. Blot to remove
excess moisture, then proceed to step 3 of the general spotting procedures.
D. Spread brown paper - such as a non-printed grocery
bag - or a white terry cloth towel over the area and iron with the setting
on warm. The wax will be absorbed into the paper or towel. Remove any
remaining traces with rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid. Rinse with
water and blot dry.
E. Freeze the gum using several ice cubes in a plastic
bag;. Shatter the frozen gum with a knife handle and vacuum up the pieces.
Remove any remaining traces with rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid.
Rinse with water and blot dry.
F. Remove as much of the nail polish as possible by scraping
with a spoon or dull knife. Apply nail polish remover to a clean white
cloth and gently blot. Continue until the polish is removed. Do not allow
nail polish remover to penetrate the latex backing. Proceed to step 3
of the general spotting procedures.
G. Vacuum gently, using the crevice tool on the vacuum
cleaner. Proceed to step 1 of the general spotting procedures.