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Basic instructions to carpet spot removal:

  • Regardless of source, all spills should be cleaned up immediately. The longer it sits, the more difficult it may be to remove.
  • Immediately scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Use clean white cloth or paper towels to blot (not rub) excess moisture. Use a wet/dry vacuum if spill is large.
  • Use warm (not hot) for most stains. For blood stains, use cold water only. Apply water to the stained area, then blot with clean white cloth or paper towels. Press down firmly to remove as much moisture as possible. Do not rub, as rubbing can alter the carpets texture. Repeat until no stain is evident on cloth or towels.
  • If stain remains on the carpet, make a solution of warm water and mild non-bleach liquid laundry detergent (not dishwashing) in 1 teaspoon to 1 quart water proportion. Using a clean white cloth or, white paper towels, apply enough solution to cover stain and let soak for about 5 minutes.
  • IMPORTANT: Make sure to completely remove the detergent. Blot up the all excess moisture. Rinse with warm water and blot thoroughly using a clean white cloth or sponge to extract water. Repeat until all detergent is removed, as any residual detergent may accelerate soiling.
  • Overlay the spot with layers of white paper towels,weighted down overnight with a non-staining glass or ceramic object.
  • When completely dry, vacuum or brush the pile to restore texture.

 

Specific type of stains:


Animal Accidents

 

1. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 2 teaspoons cold water in a small container. Apply a teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and gently work it from the outer edges of the spot towards the middle with a clean, white cloth. Blot up moisture with a dry cloth. Dampen another cloth in clean, cold water and wipe the spot again. Place dry cloths over the area and apply pressure to soak up the moisture. Let the spot dry completely.

 

2. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1 tablespoon baking soda OR ammonia in a small container and apply in the same manner as above.

 

If a color change has occurred, contact Comfort Clean for a consultation.

 

Beverages

 

1. Apply a teaspoon of cold water and blot dry.

 

2. If spot remains, mix together 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspooon liquid dishwashing detergent (do NOT use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach) in a glass or small container. Moisten the spot with a teaspoonful of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot towards the center. Next, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible.

 

3. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1 tablespoon baking soda OR ammonia in a small container and apply in the same manner as above.

 

FOR COFFEE AND TEA SPILLS, follow the first set of instructions above and finish with a mixture of 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 2 teaspoons cold water. Apply a teaspoon of the moisture to the spot and  gently work it from the outer edges towards the center of the spot using a clean, white cloth. Blot up the moisture with a dry cloth. Dampen another cloth in clean, cold water and wipe the spot again. Place dry cloths over the area and apply pressure to absorb the moisture.

 

Blood

 

1. Apply a teaspoon of cold water to the spot and blot dry.

 

2. Mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspooon liquid dishwashing detergent (do NOT use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach) in a glass or small container. Moisten the spot with a teaspoonful of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot towards the center. Next, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible.

 

3. If a yellow spot results, apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and let stand for about 3 minutes.

 

4. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 2 teaspoons cold water in another small container. Apply a teaspoon of the

mixture to the spot and gently work it from the outer edges of the spot toward the middle with a clean, white cloth. Blot up the moisture with a dry cloth. Dampen another cloth in clean, cold water and wipe the spot again. Place dry cloths over the area and apply pressure to soak up the moisture.

 

Butter and Fats

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid according to package instructions. This fluid can be found at most drug or hardware stores. Do not mix this solvent with any other solution.

 

Chewing Gum

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning solvent (available at most drug or hardware stores) according to package instructions and let stand for 4 minutes.

 

2. Use a spoon to lift gum from the carpet. If it still sticks, repeat steps 1 and 2.

Once the gum has been removed, mix 1 cup cold water with 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.). Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with the spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, repeat this procedure. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

Cosmetics

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available at most drug or hardware stores) to the spot according to package instructions.

 

2. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

3. If the spot still remains, mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar with 2 teaspoons cold water in a small container. Apply a teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and gently work it from the outer edges towards the center with a clean, white cloth. Blot up the moisture with a dry cloth. Dampen another cloth in clean, cold water and wipe the spot again. Place dry cloths over the area and apply pressure to absorb the moisture.

 

Food

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available at most drug or hardware stores) to the spot, following package instructions.

 

2. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

Fruit Juice

 

1. Apply a teaspoon of cold water and blot dry.

 

2. If spot remains, mix together 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspooon liquid dishwashing detergent (do NOT use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach) in a glass or small container. Moisten the spot with a teaspoonful of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot towards the center. Next, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible.

 

3. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1 tablespoon baking soda OR ammonia in a small container and apply in the same manner as above.

 

Furniture Polish

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available at most drug or hardware stores) to the spot, following package instructions. Let the area dry.

 

2. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

Grease

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available at most drug or hardware stores) to the spot, according to package instructions. If the spot remains, repeat application.

 

2. If the spot still remains after a second application, mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

Icecream and Milk Desserts

 

1. Wipe with cold water.

 

2. Mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

Ink (ballpoint)

 

1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available at most drug or hardware stores) to the spot according to package instructions.

 

2. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

Ink (non-ballpoint)

 

1. Blot as much of the ink up as possible.

 

2. Sponge the area with a damp, white cloth, working from the edges to the center. Repeat with fresh cloths.

 

3. Mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. Repeat until the spot is gone. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

4. If a brown or yellow spot remains, call your local Stanley Steemer. Ink is very hard to remove, and even professionals can't guarantee that permanent ink can be removed.

 

Iodine

 

1. Moisten the spot with a few drops of white vinegar.

 

2. In a glass of warm water, dissolve 1 teaspoon hypo crystals (another name for sodium thiosulfate, available in most photo supply stores). Using a teaspoon, moisten the spot with this mixture. Wipe with a clean, white cloth. Repeat as necessary, then wipe with cold water. Blot with a dry cloth.

 

Medicine

 

1. Sponge with cold water.

 

2. Mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Apply a drop of this mixture, and blot with a clean, white cloth. If the cloth absorbs part of the spot, continue applying this mixture to the spot, gently working it from the outer edges towards the center of the spot using the white cloth. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. Repeat until the spot disappears. When finished, place dry absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.

 

3. If the above mixture does not work on the spot, mix 1 cup cold water with 1 tablespoon baking powder OR 1 tablespoon ammonia. Apply one drop the spot and blot with a clean, white cloth. If cloth begins to absorb the spot, apply a teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and gently work it from the outside towards the middle with the clean, white cloth. Blot up moisture with a dry cloth. Dampen another cloth in clean, cold water and wipe the spot again. Place dry cloths over the area and apply pressure to soak up the moisture.

 

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Mercurochrome or Merthiolate

 

Mercurochrome or Merthiolate spills are very difficult to handle. We suggest that you contact Comfort Clean as soon as possible. We are available to answer your calls 24 hours per day.

 

Nail Polish or Household Cement

 

1. Use nail polish remover* to eliminate the spot.

 

2. Follow with a mixture of 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without over-wetting the carpet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not completely disappeared, repeat the process. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to soak up the moisture.

 

* CAUTION: Nail polish remover can damage some carpets, causing color changes and/or fiber distortion. Be sure to test this solvent in a small, inconspicuous area before using.

 

Oil

 

1a. In the case of large amounts of oil, the best and most practical solution is to call your local Stanley Steemer. A trained technician can come to your home and clean the mess up for you.

 

1b. If, on the other hand, the spot is small and manageable, apply a teaspoon of non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available in most drug or hardware stores) to the spot according to package instructions. After the oil has been reduced by the dry cleaning solution, blot up as much of the stain as possible. If necessary, repeat this step.

 

2. Finish with a mixture of 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without over-wetting the carpet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not completely disappeared, repeat the process. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to soak up the moisture.

 

Paint or Varnish

 

Paint or Varnish spills are very difficult to handle. We suggest that you contact Comfort Clean as soon as possible. We are available to answer your calls 24 hours per day.

 

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