Stain Removal Guide

Whilst the stain removal guide may be simple and basic, it will assist in the professional’s chances of success should you find expert assistance is required.

General Tips

  1. Do not over wet into backing materials
  2. Always test any detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain
  3. Use detergents at recommended dilution ratios
  4. Scrape up or blot up any excess prior to treatment
  5. Never rub or scrub
  6. Do not use inappropriate detergents on carpets or upholstery i.e. (washing up liquid, wash powders, household bleach or disinfectants)
  7. Always work from the outside of the stain inwards to avoid spreading
  8. Always apply the cleaning fluid to the cloth and not directly onto the carpet or fabric
  9. Encourage quick drying
  10. Deal with stains as quickly as possible for increased chances of success
  11. Keep the fabric or carpet as dry as possible.

Greasy Stains - (i.e. chocolate, butter, lipstick, oily food stains, some inks)

  1. Apply small quantity of surgical spirit to some cotton wool.
  2. Using the lightly soaked cotton wool, apply to the edges of the stain working inwards to the centre.
  3. Gently blot with kitchen towel and repeat as necessary until the stain no longer transfers. Do not allow penetration into the back of carpeting or foam filling materials! Some fabrics may darken initially during this process.
  4. Using a detergent solution on cotton wool, dampen the area and follow up by blotting with kitchen towel.
  5. Dry, with a hair dryer, continually moving over the damp area. (This will help to prevent water marking).

Water Based Stains - (i.e. tea, coffee, fruit juices, wine and basic food stains)

  1. Soak up immediately using absorbent material or suck up with a wet pick up vacuum.
  2. Re-wet the area using tepid water on a small piece of sponge or cotton wool.
    Blot with kitchen towel and repeat as necessary.
  3. Dry with a hair dryer, continually moving over the damp area. (This will help to prevent water marking).

Dried in Stains

  1. Detergent Solution: two litres of tepid water and a quarter of a teaspoon ONLY of carpet shampoo and one eggcup full of white vinegar.
  2. Rewet the stained area using the detergent solution applied using a piece of cotton wool.
  3. Blot using kitchen roll as above.

The final procedure for carpets following the wetting and blotting procedures should be as follows: -

Place 5-6 layers of kitchen roll on the affected area and place a telephone directory on top. Allow to dry over 24 hours.

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