Spot Cleaning Advice

Basic Rules of Stain Removal
  • If dry, always vacuum first!
  • ALWAYS USE GLOVES, particularly with Dry Cleaning Fluids
  • Attend to liquid spills promptly.
  • Dilute with cold water and soak up excess
  • Repeat for as long as you are achieving a positive result.
  • DO NOT SCRUB! Blot or use a “tapping” action only if needed
  • Avoid bleach-based products
  • Leave carpets as dry as possible, do not soak the carpets, use all cleaning agents sparingly
  • Don’t over wet with solvents (eg turps and dry cleaning fluid), they can damage the carpet backing.

If you can’t remove a fresh stain, call an Advantage member to attend to it as soon as possible. Not allowing it to set can make it easier to remove.

 Stain Removers likely to be in your home:

  • Detergent solution (1 teaspoon Dish Washing liquid to 1Lt of water) or a good, WoolSafe approved carpet stain remover
  • Methylated Spirits
  • Cloudy Ammonia (1 part ammonia to 15 parts water)
  • Mineral Turps
  • Dry Cleaning Fluid (e.g. White Spirit)
  • White Wine Vinegar (1 part vinegar to 1 part water)

Stain type

Difficulty

Directions

Blood

Difficult

Rinse with a mild detergent solution + (cold water). Rinse further with cloudy ammonia solution. Rinse with vinegar solution

Dyes (e.g. cordials, soft drinks)

Extremely difficult

Best left to a Carpet cleaning Perth Technician   0420 637 761

Coffee

Can be difficult

Detergent solution, blot, vinegar solution then blot

Tea

Can be difficult

Detergent solution, blot, vinegar solution then blot

Beer

Easy

Detergent solution, then rinse with small amounts of fresh water

Lipstick

Medium

Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub, detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water

Make up

Can be hard

Vacuum, Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean, white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub, detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water

Nail Polish

Can be difficult

Use acetone based nail polish remover, DO NOT RUB! Colour may transfer to carpet fibre, call a Breathe-easy echnician if this is the case

Soup

Easy

Blot first, detergent solution sparingly, blot again, fresh water rinse and blot

Grease or oil

Easy

Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to white absorbent cloth, dab or wipe the mark, do not scrub.

Ink or Biro

Hard

Can use Methylated Spirits or Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing liniment) if still fresh. Apply to clean white cloth and dab at the spot, do not scrub

Paint

(water based)

Can be difficult

Apply methylated spirits sparingly, agitate lightly, wipe with absorbent cloth.

Paint

(oil based)

Difficult

Apply Mineral Turpentine when still wet sparingly – Note: too much will damage carpet backing!!

Rust

Extremely difficult

Application of lemon juice + light agitation may sometimes have an effect.

Pot plant stains

Reasonably easy if fresh, difficult if old

Apply white wine vinegar, leave for several minutes, then blot

Red wine

Easy when fresh

Blot up spill, apply white wine, blot, apply Bicarbonate of Soda

Urine

Difficult

Apply ammonia solution when fresh, rinse with fresh water and blot, apply white wine vinegar solution, blot

Vomit

Moderately difficult

Will depend on what has been ingested, but normally a good carpet detergent will remove most of the stain whilst fresh

Wood stains

Extremely diffcult

Best left to a Carpet cleaning Perth Technician   0420 637 761

Tomato sauce

Fairly easy

Detergent solution, ammonia solution if needed, rinse + blot, then vinegar solution and blot

Fat

Fairly easy

Warm – hot water with detergent solution, blot

Wax

Very Difficult

Best left to a Carpet cleaning Perth Technician   0420 637 761

Crayon

Difficult

Methylated Spirits or White Spirits may work

Jam

Easy

Detergent solution, blot, warm fresh water rinse, blot

Chocolate

Easy

Detergent solution, blot, warm fresh water rinse, blot

Mould

Extremely difficult

Best left to a Carpet cleaning Perth Technician   0420 637 761