A good checklist to handle spills should include the following items. Do not use any household cleaners other than those listed, since many household products contain chemicals that may permanently damage your carpet.
NOTE: Difficult stains on carpets made from solution-dyed fibers such as polypropylene may be removed with a mild bleach solution ( one part chlorine bleach to five parts water).
WARNING: Do not use bleach solution unless you are absolutely certain your carpet is 100% solution dyed. Carpet dyed by other systems will be damaged. If in doubt, call 408-448-2016
|Coffee||A-1 (D if necessary)|
|Cosmetics||A (D if necessary)|
|De-icer (Calcium Chloride)||Vacuum, A|
|Furniture Polish||B, PRESTIGE|
|Grease (Auto)||B, PRESTIGE|
|Ink (Ballpoint)||B, PRESTIGE|
|Ink (Permanent)||B, (D if necessary)|
|Ink (Washable)||A, PRESTIGE|
|Mustard||A, (D if necessary)|
|Nail Polish||Polish Remover|
|Paint (Latex, wet)||A|
|Paint (Latex, dry)||B|
|Paint (Oil)||B, PRESTIGE|
|Tea||A. (D if necessary)|
The following recommendations should be used for spot cleaning. All instructions should be used in the recommended sequence below. Some stains are marked "PRESTIGE", indicating that professional knowledge and equipment are necessary.
A: Water Soluble Stains
Absorb as much as possible with white towels. Blot the stained area with white towels dampened with cool water until there is no more transfer of the stain onto the towels.
If any of the stain remains, use the detergent solution previously described. Spray lightly onto the spot and blot repeatedly with white towels, working from the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading.
Rinse thoroughly by spraying with clean water, then blot or extract, do not use too much detergent because the residue will contribute to rapid re-soiling
A-1. As in A, but before using detergent, apply the white vinegar solution to a white towel and blot or spray onto spot.
A-2. As in A, but before using detergent, apply a house-hold ammonia solution to a white towel and blot or spray onto spot. Do not use on wool or wool-blend carpet. Rinse as in A.
B: Oil-Based Stains
Blot as much as possible with white paper towels. Apply the special oil and grease spot remover to a paper towel and repeat blotting. (protective gloves should be worn, as the solvent will quickly remove oils from the skin and could result in irritation.) Do not pour or spray directly on the carpet pile, as damage to the backing or adhesive underneath could result; use the towels to transport the solvent to the carpet. Repeat as often as necessary.
Provide adequate ventilation! Do not use flammable solvents! Follow with procedures in A.
C: Chewing Gum and Candle Wax
Freeze with ice or a commercially available product in an aerosol can. Shatter with a blunt object, and vacuum before the chips soften. Follow up with solvent as in B.
D: Stains that respond to Bleach solution
Mild bleach solution:
(one part chlorine bleach to five parts water).
WARNING: Only carpets which are solution dyed are resistant to bleaching, but do not exceed the recommended concentration. DO NOT USE THIS PROCEDURE UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE CARPET IS SOLUTION DYED - CARPETS DYED BY OTHER SYSTEMS WILL BE DAMAGED. Products with olefin and nylon blends can not be exposed to bleach without removing the color from the nylon fibers unless the nylon component is solution dyed.
If in doubt, call 408-448-2016.
PRESTIGE -- Bill Corridan, Prestige Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 408-448-2016
Even in the best kept homes, your quality carpeting requires periodic professional cleaning to maintain its like-new condition. Tracked-in soil, body oil from feet, and spots and spills require the attention of a specialist.
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