Remove Carpet Stains Without Damaging The Carpet

We get calls all the time asking how to remove common everyday spots and stains from carpets and rugs, so we put together this spotting guide. It lists out the common things that get spilled and the best products to use to remove them. There is also a list of the products to use for removing the stain and how to use them. What you don't want to do is grab whatever  you have under the kitchen sink and start using it. You can set the stain or worse yet you can cause permanent  damage to the carpet by using the wrong products when trying to remove the stain.

If you are not able to remove the stain or would rather not attempt trying to remove the stain,  then call Osborne's Cleaning & Restoration and we will do our best to remove it for you. We are located in Lewiston Id, but we service Clarkston Wa, Moscow Id, Pullman Wa, and surrounding communites.

 

Spot Treating Tips,

Complements of Osborne’s Cleaning & Restoration LLCCarpet Cleaning Specialists

Includes Home Remedies,

Easy-To-Make Stain Removal Solutions, And An Easy-To-Follow Guide On Treating 24 Common Household Stains & Spots!

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Carpet, Upholstery, and Area Rug Cleaning

(208) 743-9664

Email us at osbornes@cableone.net

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Easy-To-Follow

Directions Regarding

Carpet Stain Removal

  • Treat a spill or stain immediately!
  • Remove excess material by blotting with clean, white absorbent material or by scraping with a dull-edge knife or with a ruler.
  • Do not over wet!  Prior to application, test removal agent in an inconspicuous place.  If it does not discolor then proceed with the removal of the spot or stain.
  • After carpet dries, gently brush pile to restore texture.  Some stains require professional treatment.  If you are not sure of proper treatment, please give us a call!
  • For most stains you can use our bottle of Spotter to remove them.  Be sure to shake well and only spray once and blot.  Most stains will come out.  Call us for Free refills.

Spotting Solutions:

  • Ammonia Solution:  Mix one tablespoon of clean household ammonia with one-half cup of water.
  • Bleach:  Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate, present in Snowy or Clorox II.  DO NOT use chlorine bleach.
  • Detergent Solution:  Mix one teaspoon of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.
  • Dry-cleaning Solvent:  Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Carbona, Energine, or K2R.  Use in small amounts, can be harmful to sizings, backings or stuffing materials.  DO NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid or carbon tetrachloride.
  • Enzyme Detergent:  Mix a solution of enzyme detergent following the directions on the label.  DO NOT SOAK.  Allow the solutions to remain on the stain for the recommended length of time before removing.
  • POG:  Paint, oil, and grease remover available in hardware stores.
  • Vinegar Solution:  Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.

 

Common Stains

 

(Blood):  1.  Apply cool detergent solution, blot.  2.  Apply cool ammonia solution, blot.  3.  Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  4.  Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  5.  If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.  6.  Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide may be necessary.

(Butter/Margarine):  1.  Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.  2.  Apply detergent solution, blot until dry.  3.  Apply vinegar solution, blot.  4.  Rinse with water, blot until dry.

(Candle Wax):  1.  Scrape off as much as possible with a spatula or a dull knife. 2.  Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  3.  Apply POG, blot.  4.  Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

(Catsup & Tomato Sauce):  1.  Apply cool detergent solution, blot.  2.  Apply ammonia solution, blot.  3.  Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  4.  If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.  5.  Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

(Coffee):  1.  Apply detergent solutions, blotting frequently.  2.  Apply vinegar solution, blot.  3.  Cover with dry towels until dry.

(Crayons):  1.  Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  2.  Apply POG, blot.  3.  Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.  4.  Apply detergent solution, blot.

5.  Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

(Food Coloring):  1. Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently.  A dried stain will probably spread when wet.  2.  Repeat step 1 until color is no longer transferred to the towel.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry. 

(Furniture Stain):  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.  This stain is almost impossible to remove completely.

(Grass):  1. Apply amyl acetate, if available, to remove chlorophyll, blot.  2. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  3. Rinse with water, blot.  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.   Bleaching (or professional stripping) may be necessary.

(Ink – Ballpoint):  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

(Ink – India):  1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent. 2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

(Lipstick):  1. Scrape off excess with spatula or dull knife.  2. Apply POG, blot, making sure not to reapply stain onto fabric.  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent, blot.  5.  Apply ammonia solution, blot.  6. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  7. Rinse with water, blot until dry.  Try to avoid wet cleaning on wool.  Use POG and dry-cleaning solvents as long as possible.

(Mildew):  1. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  3. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot.  4. Apply solution of oxidizing bleach (chlorine or perborate).  Do not use chlorine on wool or silk.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

(Mud):  1. Brush or scrape off as much as possible.  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4.   Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  5. If stain remains, apply POG and dry-cleaning solvent, alternately, and blot until dry. 

(Mustard):  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  4. If stain remains, rust remover (oxalic acid solution) or bleaching may be necessary.  Do not use ammonia or Alkalies.

(Nail Polish):  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  2. Apply amyl acetate if available, or nail polish remover – PRETEST FIRST!  3. If stain remains, apply detergent solution, and blot until dry.  4. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  5. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  6. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 (Paint – Oil):  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  3. Rinse with water, blot until dry.  4. Apply POG, blot.  5. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

(Paint-Water):  Check label on paint or specific thinner or solvent, OR 1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.  4. Alternate steps 2 and 3 until stain is removed.  5. If stain persists, weight down the stain with towels dampened with dry-cleaning solvent for several hours to loosen, blot with solvent.  6. Apply several drops of detergent solution and work into the stain, blot.  7. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  8. Alternate steps 2, 3, and 6 until stain is removed.  9. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, blot until dry.

(Shoe Polish):  1  Apply dry-cleaning solvent.  2. Apply POG, blot.  3. Apply dry-cleaning  solvent, blot.  4. Apply detergent solution, blot.  5. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  7. If stain persists, bleaching (or professional stripping) may be necessary.

(Urine):  1. Blot as much as possible, it still wet.  2. Apply detergent solution, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  6. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.  7. Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary.  Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.

(Vomit):  1. Blot up as much as possible.  2. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

(Wine):  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  4. If necessary, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.