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Stain removal guide for carpets

Easy step by step instructions for removing stains on just about anything

 

Notes:
- Unless otherwise advised - use COLD water
- Blot wet areas with paper towels - do not rub

Blood stain removal

  • Flush the stained area with COLD water and blot with paper towels
  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon ammonia to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Repeat - leaving to soak for 10 minutes - blot
  • Sponge with clean water - blot

Butter or fats stain removal

  • Spray stain with Vanish Preen - blot
  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot

Candle wax stain removal

  • Cover stain with paper towel - apply WARM iron
  • Repeat
  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot

Chewing gum stain removal

  • Hold ice on stain to harden chewing gum - lightly scrape
  • Spray with Vanish Preen and leave for 5 minutes
  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot

Chocolate stain removal

  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon ammonia to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Sponge with clean water - blot

Coffee or tea stain removal

  • Blot any stains immediately
  • Spray with Vanish Preen and leave for 5 minutes
  • Sponge with clean water - blot
  • Mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Sponge with clean water - blot

Crayon stain removal

  • Spray with Vanish Preen and leave for 5 minutes
  • Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent to a cup of luke-warm water. Pour over stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot

Glue, PVA

  • Use a butter knife to scrape off as much as you can
  • Only use COLD water. Mix 1 tablespoon prewash washing powder in a cup of water. Pour over the stain and leave for 30 minutes - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot
  • Repeat as necessary

Mildew or mould

  • Only recent mildew or mould can be successfuly treated
  • Only use COLD water. Mix 1 tablespoon oxygen bleach washing powder in a cup of water. Pour over the stain and leave for 30 minutes - blot
  • Rinse with clean water with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar added - blot
  • If stain persists, perform a colour test on a small area with 1 teaspoon of household bleach in a cup of water - blot

Nail polish

  • Use a small amount of acetone to blot the stain with cotton wool - do not rub as this will further spread the stain
  • Only use COLD water. Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to a cup of cold water. Pour over the stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot

Odours

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the area and leave for 1 hour - vacuum
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to half a cup of warm water. Pour over the stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot

Oil based paint

  • Use a small amount of mineral turpentine to blot the stain with cotton wool - do not rub as this will further spread the stain
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to a cup of cold water. Pour over the stain - blot
  • Rinse with clean water - blot