Carpet Cleaning Tips

Homemade Carpet Cleaning Tips:

Water - Based Stains

Alcohol
Cola
Baby Formula
Beer
Blood
Candy
Catsup
Chocolate Milk
Clay
Cologne
Cranberry Juice

 

Felt Tip Marker
Food Stains
Fruit Juice
Fruit Punch
Furniture Polish 
Grape Juice
Graphite
Ice Cream
Jelly
Latex Paint
Liquor

 

Milk
Soil Spots
Syrup
Tomato Juice
Water Colors
Watermelon
Whiskey
Wine
Vomit

Step 1

  • Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials.
    For liquid spills, blot up with a white towel or paper towel.
  • For large stains, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  • Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water stir gently.
  • Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth.
  • Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth.
    Avoid saturating the carpet.
  • Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers.
  • If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
  • Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure.
  • Repeat rinsing and blotting until traces of the detergent have been removed.
  • If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy, color fast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket. Change towels  or paper towels until carpet dries. If stain remains, proceed to step 2.

 

Step 2

  • DO NOT use on coffee, tea or urine.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1- cup lukewarm water.
  • Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in step 1.
  • Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to step 3 to neutralize the ammonia solution.

 

Step 3

  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups water.
  • Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in step 1

 


Special Water-Based Stains

Coffee

 

Tea

 

Urine

Step 1

  • For large stains, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  • Blot up liquid spills with a white towel or paper towel.
  • Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent, with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
  • Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth.  Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  • Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently. Never rub, scrub, or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers.
  • If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
  • Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
  • Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
  • If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy, color-fast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
  • Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
  • If stains remain, proceed to step 2.

 

Step 2

  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water.
  • Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in step 1.

 


Greasy Oil-Based Stains

Butter
Chocolate
Cooking Oil
Cosmetics
Crayon
Furniture Polish
Glue
Gravy

 

Grease
Gun
Hand Cream
Ink
Lipstick
Margarine
Mascara
Mayonnaise

 

Nail Polish
Oil Pain
Ointment
Peanut Butter
Salad Dressing
Spaghetti
Wax
Varnish

Step 1

  • Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials.
  • For these stains, use a citrus solvent applied directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.

 

Step 2

  • For large stains, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  • Blot up liquid spills with a white towel or paper towel.
  • Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
  • Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  • Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers
  • If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
  • Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
  • Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
  • If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy, color-fast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
  • Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
  • If stain remains, proceed to Step 3.

 

Step 3 - DO NOT USE ON Coffee, Tea or Urine

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of non- bleaching, non sudsing  house hold ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in step 1.
  • Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to Step 4 to neutralize the ammonia solution.

 

Step 4

  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water.
  • Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.
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