Carpet Cleaning Tips

Here are some useful tips to clean common household stains:

  • Candle Wax Stains: Scrape away dry wax with plastic spatula. Apply dry cleaning solvent. Blot with paint, oil and grease (POG) remover. Apply dry cleaning solvent once more. Rinse thoroughly with water. Blot until dry.

  • Blood Stains: Blot with cool detergent solution and ammonia solution. Apply enzyme detergent. Rinse thoroughly with water. In case of stubborn blood stains, you may apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution. Bleaching may be necessary.

  • Tomato Ketchup Stains: Blot with cool detergent solution and ammonia solution. Apply enzyme detergent. If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate. Rinse thoroughly with water.

  • Coffee Stains: Blot frequently with detergent solution, Apply vinegar solution. Blot and cover with a hot, dry towel until dry.

  • Oil Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot; then blot with detergent solution until dry. Apply vinegar solution and rinse off with water.

  • Chocolate Stains: Scrape away dry soil with plastic spatula or knife. Blot with cool detergent solution, ammonia solution, vinegar solution and enzyme solution. Rinse off thoroughly after the final application. Blot until dry.

  • Crayon Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent. Blot with POG remover. Re-apply dry cleaning solvent. Apply detergent solution and rinse thoroughly with water.

  • Food Stains: Blot frequently with detergent solution. Stain may spread when wet. Keep repeating until food color is coming off on towel. Apply ammonia solution and rinse thoroughly with water. Blot until dry.

  • Grass Stains: Blot with enzyme detergent, ammonia solution and vinegar solution. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry. Please note that professional stripping may be necessary in this case.

  • Furniture Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent and blot with POG remover. You must blot with dry cleaning solvent again in this case. Apply detergent solution and rinse off with water thoroughly. You must keep in mind that most furniture stains are nearly impossible to remove completely.

  • Sauce Stains: Blot with cool detergent solution and ammonia solution. Apply enzyme detergent. If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate and rinse thoroughly with water. Blot until dry.

  • Butter Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot; then blot with detergent solution until dry. Apply vinegar solution and rinse off with water.

  • Pen Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent and blot with POG remover. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry. If stain remains, use rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

  • Ink Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent. Blot with POG remover. Blot with dry cleaning solvent. Apply detergent solution and ammonia solution and rinse thoroughly with water. Blot until dry.

  • Jam Stains: Apply detergent solution and vinegar solution, Blot repeatedly with enzyme detergent. Rinse off with water and blot until dry.

  • Margarine Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot; then blot with detergent solution until dry. Apply vinegar solution and rinse off with water.

  • Lipstick Stains: Scrape off excess with dull knife or plastic spatula. Apply POG remover. Blot with dry cleaning solvent, detergent solution, ammonia solution and vinegar solution. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

  • Mildew Stains: Apply enzyme detergent and blot with ammonia solution. Rinse off with water and blot until dry. You may also apply oxidized bleach keeping in mind the fabric to be treated.

  • Mud Stains: Brush away as much excess mud as possible. Blot with detergent solution and ammonia solution. Rinse off with water. For stubborn stains, use POG remover and dry cleaning solvent.

  • Jelly Stains: Apply detergent solution and vinegar solution. Blot repetitively with enzyme detergent and rinse off with water. Blot until dry.

  • Make-up Stains: Scrape off excess with dull knife or plastic spatula. Apply POG remover. Blot with dry cleaning solvent, detergent solution, ammonia solution and vinegar solution. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

  • Nail Polish Stains: Apply dry cleaning solvent. Blot with nail polish remover after pretesting. Apply ammonia solution and vinegar solution. Apply detergent solution and rinse thoroughly with water.

  • Mustard Stains: Blot with detergent solution, vinegar solution and enzyme detergent solution. If stain remains, use rust remover or oxy bleach.

  • Oil-paint Stains: Apply detergent solution. Blot with ammonia solution, dry cleaning solvent and POG remover. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

  • Water-based Paint Stains: Use a specific thinner for water-based paint stains or use dry cleaning solvent and POG remover. Apply alternately until stain is removed. You may also apply detergent solution and blot with ammonia solution until stain is removed. Rinse off with warm water.

  • Shoe Polish Stains: Blot with dry cleaning solvent, POG remover, detergent solution and ammonia solution. If stain persists, professional stripping or bleaching may be necessary.

  • Vomit Stains: Blot with enzyme detergent, ammonia solution and vinegar solution until stain comes off. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

  • Urine Stains: Blot continuously while wet. Apply detergent solution, vinegar solution and ammonia solution. Rinse off with warm water. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution. Bleaching may be necessary. Please note that urine stains may cause permanent dry spot on the fabrics.

  • Wine Stains: Apply detergent solution, vinegar solution and ammonia solution, and then blot. If necessary, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

  • Miscellaneous Stains: For all other stains you can design you own removal strategy, choosing from the above tips, keeping in mind the nature and severity of stain.

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