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Guide to Removal of Spills and Stains

Did you know that carpet manufacturers recommend that you clean your carpet every 12 to 18 months and vacuum at least once a week? The reason for this is that dust particles accumulate and the naked eye cannot see them, which after time causes a traffic area. So cleaning your carpet regularly is important to the maintenance and longevity of your carpet. Below is a guide for removal of spills and spots.

Quick Reference to Special Problems: Mud  | Animal Urine  | Nail Polish  | Rubber Cement
Cigarette Burns  | Blood  | Chewing Gum  | Ballpoint Ink Pen

TYPE OF STAIN CLEANING AGENT
Greasy
Butter, salad dressing, hair oil
Use a solvent spot cleaner like EnergineŽ Spot Remover or a powdery cleaner like K2RŽ Spot-lifter. Carefully follow the directions on the label.
Water Soluble
Fruit juice, candy, alcoholic and soft drinks, sugar and starches
Mix one quart water with one teaspoon mild detergent.
Combination Stains
Ice creams, gravy, coffee with cream
Use both cleaning agents for greasy and water soluble stains.

Using Proper Cleaning Agent, Follow This Technique: Use on colorfast carpet only
Always apply cleaning solution to a small inconspicuous area of carpet, blot with white cloth and check for color transfer before using. If color transfer occurs, the carpet is not colorfast and the treatment should not be used.
  1. If liquid, blot up as much as you can with a clean cloth, pressing firmly all around the spill to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.
  2. If the material is solid, scrape up what you can with a spoon or dull edge of a knife or spatula.
  3. Dampen a clean, white cloth with the proper cleaning agent for the type of stain.
  4. Wipe area gently, working from the outer edge to the center of the spot. Turn the cloth frequently so that it is always clean, and do not get the carpet excessively wet.
  5. Repeat this process until the spot is removed.
  6. Dry the carpet by weighing down a half-inch pad of absorbent tissues or cloth to absorb the moisture; or, circulate air with a fan.
  7. After the carpet is dry, brush the pile up.


SOME SPECIAL PROBLEMS

Mud Let dry. Then crumble and remove the excess dirt. Spot-clean as a water soluble stain.
Animal Urine Blot up as much as possible. Next, dilute the stain by cleaning with a cloth dampened with plain water. Then clean with an acid mixture such as one quart water with one teaspoon white vinegar, or you can use club soda.
Nail Polish or Rubber Cement Wipe up as much as possible. Then, use regular nail polish remover, without lanolin, applying it with an eye dropper. Wait a few seconds, then blot with cloth. Repeat until all material is removed.
Cigarette Burns If burn area is small and damage is only at top of pile, snip off charred ends with manicure scissors, then spot-clean with cleaning agent for water soluble stains.
Blood
  1. Apply a teaspoon of cold water to the spot and blot dry.
  2. Mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent (do NOT use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach) in a glass or small container. Moisten the spot with a teaspoonful of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot towards the center. Next, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible.
  3. If a yellow spot results, apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and let stand for about 3 minutes.
  4. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 2 teaspoons cold water in another small container. Apply a teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and gently work it from the outer edges of the spot toward the middle with a clean, white cloth. Blot up the moisture with a dry cloth. Dampen another cloth in clean, cold water and wipe the spot again. Place dry cloths over the area and apply pressure to soak up the moisture.

Chewing Gum
  1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning solvent (available at most drug or hardware stores) according to package instructions and let stand for 4 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to lift gum from the carpet. If it still sticks, repeat steps 1 and 2.
Once the gum has been removed, mix 1 cup cold water with 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.). Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with the spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white clot with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, repeat this procedure. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot the moisture.

Ballpoint Ink Pen
  1. Apply a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid (available at most drug or hardware stores) to the spot, according to package instructions.
  2. Next, mix 1 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a small container. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or any detergent containing bleach.) Moisten the spot with a teaspoon of the mixture, without getting the carpet too wet. Gently rub the spot with a spoon, working from the outside of the spot toward the center. To complete removal, wet a clean, white cloth with clean water and wipe up as much of the spot and mixture as possible. If the spot has not been totally removed, apply another teaspoon of the mixture to the spot and work in the same manner. When finished, place dry, absorbent cloths over the area and apply pressure to blot up the moisture.



Note:  If these procedures do not remove the stain, call Rabe's for assistance at 800-747-7731 or email darrell@RabeCleaning.com


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