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Carpet Spotting Guide

Tips to help you clean spots on your carpet

Blood

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply cool Ammonia solution and blot. Apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary, and blot. Rinse and blot dry.

Chewing Gum

Remove excess with blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot, followed by Detergent solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Chocolate

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

Catsup/Tomato Sauce

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

Coffee/Tea

Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply Detergent solution and blot, and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary. Rinse and blot dry.

Fats

Remove with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Fruit Juice

Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

Glue

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Gravy

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

Grease

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Ice Cream

Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Lipstick

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Milk

Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary. Rinse and blot dry.

Nail Polish

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Cautiously blot repeatedly with nail polish remover. If stain remains, apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent solution. Apply Ammonia solution followed by Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Oil

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Paint Oil-based

Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Paint Water-based

Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Dry Cleaning Solvent. Rinse and blot dry.

Shoe Polish

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent solution. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Soft Drinks

Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Urine

Blot up as much as possible, if still wet. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Vomit

Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Enzyme Detergent and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Wax

Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent solution. Rinse and blot dry. For persistent wax residue, and on nylon carpet only, place a white absorbent towel on the wax area. Heat an iron to “low heat” and place on the towel for 30-seconds to melt and absorb the wax. Move the towel as needed.
Caution: This procedure can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.

Wine

Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent solution. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

We hereby specifically disclaim any and all liability, expressed or implied, from the use of the above methods. User of this Spotting Guide acknowledges full responsibility for any damages or problems caused by the use of the above methods.

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