Time is of the essence when the unfortunate carpet stain happens. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that an innocent spill will turn into a permanent stain. For liquids, blot, never rub, as much moisture from the carpet as you can. Use a white towel or plain white paper towels to blot, working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center. This method prevents stains from spreading. For solid spills, use a spoon or dull knife to remove any material that hasn’t soaked into the carpet.
Before you treat a carpet stain: learn what NOT to do!
Prepare for future spills by doing a pretest for colorfastness. Colorfast carpet will not bleed, fade, or change when you are cleaning it or removing stains. Whether or not it is colorfast may change the products you decide to use for stain removal. Learn how to pretest your carpet to find out if it is colorfast.
Home Detergent/Biz– Mix solution of 1 qt. warm water, 1 tsp. Biz brand detergent booster, 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent. Using mainly suds and soft house scrub brush, shampoo the area gently. Do not rub too aggressively or you may cause texture change. Dab lightly.
Cleaning Fluid– spot cleaning fluid, such as Energine, available at grocery, discount & hardware stores. Follow package instructions.
Home Detergent/Ammonia– Mix solutions of 1 qt. warm water, 1.6 oz. of ammonia, and 1tsp. liquid dish detergent. Use same technique as with Home Detergent/Biz solution.
Rust Remover– Like spot cleaning fluids, rust removers area available at grocery, discount & hardware stores. Be sure to purchase one that is safe for carpeting.
Hair Spray– Apply hair spray to cloth or towel and wipe gently across spot.
For All Spills
1) Time is of the essence when the spill is fresh. The more quickly you attempt to remove it, the more luck you are likely to have. Once a spill is dry, your chances of removing it are much less.
2)Blot or scrape up as much excess as possible before using any cleaning technique. Then, when you’ve finished the steps, be sure to blot again with clean, absorbent white cloth or paper towels.
General Household Stains
Animal & children upsets – urine/vomit: shampoo with home detergent/Biz solution. Blot lightly with household vinegar.
Anything With Dye: these stains (wine, kool-aid, dog food, mustard, etc. ) are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Within 24 hours, some of these may come out of stain- resistant carpets; call the manufacturer or consult warranty guidelines for recommended course of action. Otherwise, try home detergent/Biz solution.
Beverages: (tea, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, milk, juice),shampoo lightly with home detergent/Biz solution.
Blood: Sponge with cold water. Then, shampoo lightly with home detergent/ammonia solution. Blood might be permanent once it has dried.
Candle Wax: Put the point of a warm iron over paper towels over the spot, to slowly melt the wax onto the paper. Keep changing the toweling as the wax is transferred. Be very careful not to scorch the carpet.
Candy, Sugar, Chocolate, Etc.: Scrape away as much as possible. Shampoo lightly with home detergent/Biz solution.
Chewing Gum: Freeze with ice cubes. Break or cut of hardened gum. Blot remaining gum with cleaning fluid or paint thinner. Let solvent work for a few minutes & scrape off.
Cosmetics: Use spot cleaning fluid. Let dry for a day. Then, shampoo with home detergent/Biz solution.
Egg, Fruit, Gelatin & Ice Cream: Shampoo lightly with home detergent/Biz solution.
Fats, Butter, Grease, Oil: Use spot cleaning fluid.
Ink: Use hair spray, and repeat as long as color is coming up. Then, shampoo with home detergent/Biz solution.
Fresh Paint: Immediately blot up excess, and thin remaining paint with recommended thinner. Blot up thinned paint & repeat as necessary.
Furniture/Shoe Polish: Use spot cleaning fluid. If stain remains, let fluid dry for a day, and shampoo with household detergent/Biz solution.
Iodine/Medicine: Blot up with paper towels, but do not work on further. You may spread these spots if you try to clean them, call LaFrance Cleaning, Inc.
Nail Polish: On synthetic carpets, blot up excess, but do not do the following. Use the following only on cotton or wool rugs. Apply nail polish remover and sponge with cloth. Repeat until stain is gone.
Rust: Use rust remover as directed. Be sure the label says it is safe for carpet.
Tar: Scrape or cut off as much as you can. Use spot cleaning fluid & repeat as necessary.
Unknown Stains: Use spot cleaning fluid first. Then, shampoo with household detergent/Biz solution If stain remains call LaFrance Cleaning Solutions.
LaFrance Cleaning Solutions
LaFrance Cleaning Solutions has been helping keep carpets clean for over 20 years. We have the tools and the people to make sure your carpets, rugs, and upholstery are cleaned right. We offer a variety of cleaning services, including:
All Types of Furniture Upholstery
Stains and Smells from Pets
Difficult to Clean Upholstery
Hand Cleaning Where Machines Cannot Reach