Rob's Carpet Care - Dirt's Worst Nightmare. Serving Warsaw, IN and all of the surrounding areas.
Rob's Carpet Care - Dirt's Worst Nightmare. Serving Warsaw, IN and all of the surrounding areas.
 

Stain Removal Guide

Please Note: The following tips are for Carpet Care only, for Oriental and Area Rugs please see our Rug Care Tips.

 

For most stains and spills there is a solution. The following Stain Removal Guide offers valuable  guidance on how to remove or mitigate the damage from specific spill and stains. Simply browse the topics below. Please note that no carpet is immune to some types of stains. If your stain persists, call Rob's Carpet Care immediatly at (574) 491-2527 to protect your investment.

 

NOTE: For best results, we STRONGLY recommend that you immediatly tend to the stain or spill. Depending on how much liquid was spilled, you may need to make repeated attempts to deal with the issue properly. Be sure to remove any kind of residue too.


Carpet Stain Removal Toolkit:

  • VINEGAR SOLUTION: 1/3 Cup of white vinegar mixed with 2/3 Cup water.
  • AMMONIA SOLUTION: 1 Tablespoon of clear household ammonia per 1/2 Cup of water.
  • DETERGENT SOLUTION: Hand dish washing detergent that does NOT contain bleach or lanolin (We recommend original Dawn or Joy with no special additives). 1/2 Teaspoon detergent per 1 Quart of water.
  • SPRAY BOTTLES - for applying solutions.
  • WHITE PAPER TOWELS or white terrycloth towels (absorbant).
  • ISOPROPYL - Rubbing Alcohol
  • 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
  • SPOON / DULL KNIFE
  • BRICK (or other heavy item)

NOTE: ALWAYS LABEL ALL SOLUTIONS AND KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND ANIMALS.

Stains That CAN NOT Be Removed:

  • Acids / Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Acne Medications
  • Alkaline Drain Cleaners
  • Chloronated Bleaches
  • Colored Hair Dyes
  • Iodine
  • Insecticides
  • Mustard with Tumeric
  • Plant Fertilizers

Stains of this nature cannot be removed because they permanantly alter the carpet's color.

Specific Stains

Beer, Coffee, Perfume, Tea, Wine

Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible.  Then, neutralize with a VINEGAR SOLUTION.  Saturate the spot using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.  After neutralizing, try the following:

 

Apply a small amount of a DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  

 

Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Berries, Drink Mix, Fruit Juice, Water-Based Spots

Blot up as much of the spill as possible with a white paper towel.  Use a wet vacuum for a large spill.  If the spot has dried, saturate the tufts in the affected area with tap water (do not over wet).  After about a minute, blot up the water.  If the water proves effective, continue until the spot is completely removed. Blot dry, and apply the paper towels and brick.  If it is not completely removed, try the following:

 

Apply a small amount of a DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Blood, Catsup, Cheese, Chocolate, Cola, Cough syrup, Mixed Drinks, Soft Drinks, Soy Sauce, Starch, Toothpaste, Watercolor, White Glue

 

Blot with white paper towels to remove as much of the stain as possible.  Then, neutralize the spot with an AMMONIA SOLUTION, using a spray bottle to saturate the spot.  Do not wet the backing.  Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.  NOTE: All solutions for removing blood must be cool.

After neutralizing, try the following:

 

Apply a small amount of a DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Asphalt, Butter, Calamine Lotion, Crayon, Furniture Polish, Gravy, Grease, Hand Lotion, Ice Cream, Ink, Lacquer, Make-up, Mayonnaise, Milk, Oil, Paint, Play Dough, Rubber Cement, Salad Oil, Sauces

Remove as much foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife Apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball.  If the spot extends deep into the pile, blot until it is removed or no color transfers to the cloth.  Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate the backing, as it will destroy the latex bond.  If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time.

 

If rubbing removes the spot, blot dry and stack several white paper towels over the damp area.  Place a brick or similarly weighted object on the towels to keep them in contact with the carpet.  The towels will absorb any stain wicking up from the backing to the carpet surface.  Allow carpet to dry, remove the brick and towels, and brush up the pile.

 

NOTE:  Never use a circular motion to remove a spot as this may destroy the texture.

Candle Wax

Spread brown paper (such as a grocery bag) or a terry cloth towel over the area and iron with the setting on "warm" The wax will be absorbed into the paper or terry towel.  Remove any traces with isopropyl rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid by blotting.

Candy

Apply a small amount of a DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  

 

Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  

 

Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Chewing Gum

Freeze the gum using an ice cube.  Shatter the frozen gum with a knife handle, then vacuum.  Some citrus-based products have been demonstrated to break down the stickiness of gum so that it can be removed.

Dirt (earth)

For mud: Allow mud to dry completely.  Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum.

 

Apply a small amount of DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  

 

If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Egg, Excrement, Urine, Vomit

Remove as much of the stain as possible by using a spoon or dull knife Blot up as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize by spraying the affected area with an AMMONIA SOLUTION Care should be taken to remove all protein matter.  Blot to remove excess moisture, then try the following:


Apply a small amount of a DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  

 

If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Soot (graphite/copy machine material)

Vacuum using the crevice tool.  If vacuuming does not remove all or most of the soot, call a professional cleaner.  If vacuuming has removed all particles, do the following to remove traces.

 

Remove as much foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.  Apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball.  If the spot extends deep into the pile, blot until it is removed or no color transfers to the cloth.  Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate the backing, as it will destroy the latex bond.  If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time.

Household Cement

Apply a small amount of DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  

 

If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Nail Polish

Remove as much of the nail polish as possible using a spoon or dull knife Apply a non-oily nail polish remover to a clean white cloth and gently rub (one direction at a time) or blot the spot.  Continue until spot is removed.  Do not allow nail polish remover to get to the latex backing.  Do the following to remove the nail polish remover.

 

Apply a small amount of DETERGENT SOLUTION to the spot. Blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  If the spot is being removed, continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.  Next, spray lightly with water, but instead of blotting, apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down with a brick and allow to dry.  

 

If the stain remains, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and let stand for 1 hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free.  Because light will change peroxide back to water, no rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down with a brick.  Allow carpet to dry.  Remove brick and towels and brush up the pile.

Rust

Using a spray bottle, saturate the spot with lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes.  Use the tips in the "Fruit Juice" section to remove the lemon juice. If this does not work, call a professional.

 

NOTE: Most rust removers contain a strong acid and are not recommended for household use.

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