If something gets spilled on your carpet, take prompt action. You will need some clean white absorbent cloth or tissue and the four basic solutions listed below. Please check that your carpet is colourfast and safe to clean, by testing all solutions in an inconspicuous area before application.
Dry cleaning solution - surgical spirit
Detergent solution - one teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens to 0.75 litres (half a pint) of warm water
Detergent and vinegar solution - add one tablespoon of white (not malt) vinegar to the detergent solution
Ammonia solution - one teaspoonful of branded household ammonia ( available from hardware stores) to one cup of warm water
1. Alcohol / Coffee / Tea / Liquid Foods / Urine
Soak up surplus spillage. Use detergent vinegar solution (as above) Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards, using a little at a time, blotting up with dry cloths frequently. See below for final rinse procedure.
2. Chocolate / Sweets / Blood / Glue / Ice Cream / Milk / Soft Drinks
Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution (as above) starting at the outer edge. Blot dry. Follow up with ammonia solution (as above) Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
3. Solids / Fats / Tar / Chewing Gum / Oil / Ointment / Shoe Polish
Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solution. Then follow up with on with a detergent and vinegar solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
4. Unknown Stains
Scrape up or blot surplus. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by clean luke warm water. Blot dry. If further treatment is needed, use either detergent or detergent and vinegar solution (as above). Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
Final Rinse Procedure
This rinse procedure is applicable to all the above methods of stain removal. Simply mix one part white vinegar and four parts water. Pour mixture into spray bottle and spray over the stained area. Blot dampened (do not dab) to remove excess moisture. Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) over the affected area and place a weight such as a saucepan directly on top. This will help the moisture residue to soak into the towels. Leave overnight and repeat if necessary.
Remember ACT QUICKLY
Scrape up the solids. Blot up the liquids taking plenty of time. It is worth the effort. Mix the solution accurately. Test it on an out of the way piece or carpet. Always work from the outer edge of the stain to the centre. NEVER OVER WET. Dab rather than scrub or rub hard. Even though you do not completely remove the stain, the correct routine will give your professional cleaner the best possible chance of success.
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