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Emergency Cleaning Tips

Spot Removal Hints for Carpet Help for Specific Stains

Alcohol
Blot up as much as you can with a clean sponge or rag. Soak spot with a mild detergent solution or a small amount of white vinegar in water. Blot, rinse with clean water, blot again. It may be necessary to use hydrogen peroxide to get any excess alcohol out.

Blood
Blot up all you can with cold water on your sponge or cloth. Rinse with clear ammonia or hydrogen peroxide, cold water and blot. If the blood stains are old, soak the area with salt water or hydrogen peroxide before blotting and rinsing with cold water.

Coffee
Blot excess as soon as it is spilled. Mix 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent with l cup lukewarm water. Sponge affected area with this solution. Blot with clean cloth or white paper towels. Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup lukewarm water. Sponge area and blot dry with paper towels. Club soda may also work in an emergency.

Cigarette Burns
Small burns may be remedied by trimming off the burnt ends of the carpet and rubbing the area with steel wool. Be sure to rinse with mild detergent and water, blot. A large area will require removal of that section of carpet, replacing it with a new piece.

Chocolate
Scrape off what you can see. Using a sponge or clean cloth, blot with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Blot and rinse.

Dairy Products
Using a sponge or clean cloth, rinse the area with a mild detergent and water. Be sure to rinse and blot several times to remove both the stain and odor.

Greasy Food
A mild detergent and hot water solution on a sponge works best. Rinse with hot water and if stain needs more attention, try hydrogen peroxide and rinse thoroughly. Blot with plain white paper towels.

Gum
Apply dry or regular ice to the gum, allowing it to freeze and become brittle. Break it from the carpet and then use hydrogen peroxide or a cleaning solution to remove the stain. Always rinse and blot.

Ink
Saturate the spot with a mild detergent solution, rinse and blot. If it is still there, try inexpensive hair spray, spraying directly on the spot and blotting. Ink is persistent and may require using alcohol or a chemical cleaner. If the spot turns yellow, a small amount of rust remover may help. Always rinse and blot with clean cloth or plain white paper towels.

Ketchup
Combine 1/4 teaspoon mild dish detergent with l cup of lukewarm water. Dip white cloth or paper towel into solution and press on the spot ~ wait about 15 minutes. It takes time to break down the stain. Soak up excess liquid with dry, white cloth. Next, mix solution of l cup white vinegar with 2 cups lukewarm water. Dab and press cloth on spot and wait another 15 minutes (vinegar will remove residual detergent). For bad stains, place heavy object on top of cloth or paper towels while waiting 15 minutes.

Lipstick
Blot excess. Apply rubbing alcohol and agitate slightly. Rinse with warm water and blot with clean cloth or white paper towels. If stain is not removed, a chemical carpet extractor may be needed. Always rinse with warm water and blot dry. Continue until spill no longer transfers to towel.

Mildew
Vacuum up as much as you can and then use clear ammonia or a disinfectant and a sponge. Try a little hydrogen peroxide if needed and blot.

Mustard
Use a detergent solution and a sponge, rinse with white vinegar, then water, and blot.

Soda Pop
Club soda may be the best emergency spotter to have on hand. Dab up spilled soda pop quickly then pour club soda directly on the stain until a white cloth or paper towel absorbs all of the color. Blot carpet by folding cloth and then standing on it. You may want to use lukewarm water to further blot the area. The salt in the club soda should prevent permanent staining.

Wine
Blot excess wine from carpet with clean cloth or white paper towel. Combine 1 teaspoon carpet shampoo or mild dish detergent with 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. Soak a clean sponge, squeeze, and gently blot the stain. Sponge with warm water and blot with a cloth or paper towel. May need to repeat several times. Club soda may also be used.
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