02 Apr Carpet Care -Difficult Stains – Part 2
Descriptions of Spot Removal Solutions:
Carpet fibers may react differently when treated for stains. We recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance recommendations before proceeding with any of the following cleaning guidelines. Failure to follow the fiber company’s guidelines may result in your warranty being voided.
Dry Cleaning Fluid/Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry-cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent and follow manufacturer instructions. Never pour it directly onto thecarpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Solvents are available in the cleaning supply section of hardware and home supply stores.
Nail Polish Remover
Two types of nail polish removers are available. One type contains acetone, a dry-cleaning solvent. Use the same precautions as with other dry-cleaning solutions. The second type contains amyl
acetate, which is used in many paints, oil, grease (POG) removers. Many POG removers leave residues that may cause rapid soiling. When using a POG remover, always rinse the area thoroughly with a dry solvent.
Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry
detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.
Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.
Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar to two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.
Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause colour change. Be sure to test a hidden area.
Spot Removal Kit
Follow directions closely. Some spot removal kits contain: (A) a detergent solution and (B) a stain – resist solution. Use of the (B) solution prior to the complete removal of the spill may cause a permanent stain. Other spot removal kits may contain dry extraction cleaning compound that can be used effectively for most common household stains.
Call a Professional
Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question.
Find your spot in the list. Then, in numerical order, use the cleaning solutions listed (see descriptions of spot removal solutions). Continue using solution #1 as long as there is improvement in removing the spot. If no improvement, proceed to solution #2, solution #3, etc. until the spot is completely removed.
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