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Carpet Stain Cleaning Tips

Carpet Stain Cleaning Tips

Stubborn carpet stains require serious carpet cleaning solutions. Dyes in foods and beverages, along with certain chemical products, cosmetics, pet accidents, and even built-up dust can discolor your carpet and upholstery— sometimes permanently.

Use the carpet cleaning tips and tricks below to prevent permanent carpet stains! You already know rule #1 — Act fast! As soon as you notice a spill or discoloration, start working on it quickly, before the stain sets in.


Red Wine Stain Cleaning Tips

Red wine spills result in an absorbed type of stain that is reddish or purplish in color and contains alcohol, sugar, tannin and various coloring agents.

  1. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  4. Apply enzyme detergent, blot (See Caution Below)
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  6. Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent, or "oil solvent" contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufac-turers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlo-rethylene -- considered quite hazardous).

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Chocolate Stain Cleaning Tips

Chocolate results in a built up or absorbed stain that is brown colored with irregular edges. It can contain oil, grease, cocoa, butter, coloring, sugar and dairy products.

  1. Scrape off as much as possible with a spatula or dull edge knife.
  2. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Apply enzyme detergent, blot. (See Caution Below)
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry

AMMONIA 1 Tbsp. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dish washing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not over wet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

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Soft Drink Stain Cleaning Tips

Soft drinks cause stains that can be colorless, yellowish, reddish, brownish and that darken with age. They contain tannin, sugar, vegetable coloring, flavoring and fruit extracts.

  1. Apply cold detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  4. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene.)

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Mud Stain Cleaning Tips

Mud and soil are greyish, brownish, reddish or yellowish. They are absorbed and built-up types of stains that can contain soil with greases and oils, as well as clay and iron.

  1. Brush or scrape off as much as possible.
  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  7. If stain remains, apply a "paint oil and grease" remover and drycleaning solvent alternately, blot until dry.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene.)

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Pet Soil Stain Cleaning Tips

Pet soil or vomit is a complex mixture of foodstuffs, saliva, stomach acids and digestive waste products. Sometimes, this mixture can stain the pile of a carpet or leave a persistent odor. Follow the tips below to cleanup the stain, but if that doesn't do the trick, call Aqua Solve about our Pet Odor Removal Service.

  1. Immediately pick up/blot up as much material as possible using paper towels or a clean, white cloth. A tablespoon makes a good scraper if necessary.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  4. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with cool clean water, blot until dry.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene.)

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Coffee & Tea Stain Cleaning Tips

Coffee and tea stains appear brownish with irregular edges. They may contain tannins, sugars, fatty acids, alchohols, oils, milk and cream. These stains darken with heat and age.

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot. (Enzyme detergent may be used if a dairy product was mixed in. (See caution below.)
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  4. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene.)

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Ketchup/Tomato Sauce Stain Cleaning Tips

Ketchup (catsup) and other tomato-based sauces are reddish brown and cause both absorbed and built up types of stains. They generally contain tomatoes, salt, sugar, spices, tannin, vinegar, onions, artificial coloring, preservatives, etc.

  1. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot. (Note Caution below about using enzymes on natural fibers)
  4. If stain remains, bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate is recommended – proceed with extreme caution, or call us.
  5. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene.)

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Cosmetics Stain Cleaning Tips

Cosmetics can include makeup, mascara, lipsticks, lotions and creams. Mostly they are pigments in dyes, fats, waxes and oils.

  1. Scrape off excess (using a dull edge tool) and apply POG* remover, blot.
  2. Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot.
  3. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  6. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  7. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(* Dry cleaning solvent and POG (paint oil grease) remover are available at most hardware stores. Or call us. Solvents contain volatile organic compounds and must be used in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene -- considered quite hazardous)

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Plant Food Stain Cleaning Tips

Many plant foods have chemicals that can damage the color of your carpet. Try these recommendations, but you may need to call us for help.

  1. Scoop up as much as possible.
  2. Blot up remaining with clean white towels.
  3. Apply warm detergent solution, blot.
  4. Apply pressure to the spot with a spatula or the back of a tablespoon to work spotting solution deep into spot. DO NOT SCRUB as this may cause nap distortion of the fiber.
  5. Rinse with water, blot dry.
  6. If stain persists, apply dry cleaning solvent, blot.

AMMONIA 1 Tbls. clear household ammonia in 1/2 cup water. Always pre-test. CAUTION: Ammonia will "set", that is make permanent, stains on natural fibers like wool and silk but may help in stain removal from other types of fibers.

DETERGENT 1-2 drops colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in 1 cup lukewarm water.

ENZYME DETERGENT Mix enzyme detergent per instructions on package and allow to remain on stain recommended time. Do not overwet. CAUTION: Enzymes can damage natural fibers like wool. Use with care or call us.

VINEGAR 1/3 cup white household vinegar in 2/3 cup water.

(Dry cleaning solvent contains volatile organic compound. Use carefully in strict accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Use in well ventilated space and avoid products containing perchlorethylene.)

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