Daily Maintenance

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Treating Stains

Tips for Specific Problems

Planning/Long Term Care

Treating Stains


Treat stains immediately.

  1. Mop up fresh stains while they are still wet with a clean cloth or piece of kitchen paper
  2. Concentrated or dried substances should be carefully loosened with a spoon or the blunt edge of a knife and then brushed or vacuumed off.
  3. Moisten water-soluble stains with a small amount of water and remove loose dirt by vacuuming or dabbing
  4. Many stains cannot be removed by using a solvent alone. For this purpose there are various strai removers available to the public which contain organic solvents. Only a damp white cloth should be used for the solvent.
  5. If the nature of the stain is not known, the usual treatments as stated in 2 & 3 above should be tried first. If this is unsuccessful, the stain should be treated with carpet shampoo and then dabbed. Work from the outside of the stain and work inwards. It is advisable to allow the treated area to dry first and then apply stain removers. The carpet shampoo treatment can be repeated if necessary.

StainCarpet Shampoo SolutionsDry Cleaning FluidClear Cold WaterOther Method
Beverages2-13 Laundry Detergent (2%)
Bleach2-1-
Blood--12 Laundry Detergent (2%)
Butter21--
Candle Wax-2-1 Absorbent paper & hot iron
Chewing Gum---1 Chewing gum remover
Chocolate2-1-
Cooking Oil1---
Egg1---
Fruit Juice2--2 Laundry Detergent (2%)
Furniture Polish21-3 Call cleaner
Gravy & Sauce2--1 Warm water
Ink (fountain pen)--12 Laundry Detergent (2%)
Ink (ball point)2--1 Methylated spirit
Lipstick21--
Metal Polish21--
Milk2-1-
Mustard1---
Nail Polish-2-1 Nail polish remover
Oil & Grease21--
Paint (water based)2-1-
Paint (oil)--12 Turpentine, 3 Call cleaner
Rust21-3 Rust remover, 4 Call cleaner
Salad Dressing21--
Soot2--1 Vacuum, 3 Call cleaner
Tar-1--
Urine (fresh stain)1---
Urine (old stain)---1 Call cleaner
Vomit1---
Wine--12 Laundry Detergent
Animal or Baby Accidents1---