Stain Removal Guide

The Basic Rules of Stain Removal

1. If dry, Vacuum area thoroughly 
2. Always use Gloves, and we recommend Nitrile gloves.
3. If you spilt any liquids, blot up ASAP using a towel or a wet vacuum
4. Dilute with cold water blot up or wet vacuum excess and repeat as long as you’re getting some results
5. DO NOT SCRUB! Blot or use a “tapping” action only if needed
6. Never use bleach-based products
7. Leave carpets as dry as possible, do not soak the carpets, use all cleaning agents sparingly
8. Don’t over wet with solvents (eg mineral turps and dry cleaning fluid), they can damage the carpet backing.If you can’t remove a fresh stain, call us at HWA Carpet Cleaning (0476-242-469) 


Stain Removers you may have in your home:

1.Detergent solution (1 teaspoon Dish Washing liquid to 1Lt of water) or a, Wool-safe approved carpet stain remover
2. Methylated Spirits
3. Cloudy Ammonia (1 part ammonia to 15 parts water)
4. Mineral Turps
5. Dry Cleaning Fluid (e.g. White Spirit)
6. White Wine Vinegar (1 part vinegar to 1 part water)

STAIN REMOVAL WORKSHEET


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 HWA Carpet Cleaning call 0476-242-469  

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, Best left to HWA Carpet Cleaning call 0476-242-469

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 stain

Extremely difficult

Best left to HWA Carpet Cleaning call 0476-242-469  

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 HWA Carpet Cleaning call 0476-242-469

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 HWA Carpet Cleaning call 0476-242-469