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Cleaning Tips and Techniques


We don't have all the answers, but here are some tips that we've found, through experience, that usually work. First and foremost, ACT QUICKLY! Using clean white towels or tissues, absorb as much liquid as you can. Work in toward the center of the spot when cleaning. Repeat steps if necessary, and always blot between steps with clean white towels. ALWAYS DO A TEST SPOT on a portion of the fabric or carpet that is not normally visible (especially on upholstery fabrics, where water-based solutions may leave ring marks). Be careful not to over wet. And, of course, NEVER USE BLEACH. Above all, if you have any doubts, call us for professional help. That's what we're here for.


Alcohol/Whiskey

  • Squirt with warm tap water or soda water. Blot dry.

Beer

  • Flush with warm tap water/soda water.
  • Carpet shampoo may also be effective.

Blood

  • Apply cool dish detergent solution.
  • Apply cool ammonia solution.
  • Apply laundry detergent.
  • Rinse.

Burns

  • Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to carpet shampoo.
  • Rinse.
  • Trim burned fibers with scissors.
  • If damage is excessive, call us for help.

Chocolate

  • Apply cool dish detergent solution.
  • Apply ammonia solution.
  • Apply white vinegar solution.
  • Apply laundry detergent.
  • Rinse.

Coffee/Tea/Cola

  • Flush with cold water/soda water.
  • Blot and let dry.
  • Remove traces with dry cleaning solution.

Fruit/Jelly/Soda/Artificial Colors

  • Apply dish detergent solution.
  • Apply white vinegar solution.
  • Rinse.
  • Apply laundry detergent.
  • Rinse.

Milk

  • Apply warm water/soda water.
  • Carpet shampoo or dry cleaning solution may also be used.

Glue

  • Cleaning method depends on type of glue.
  • Many have special solvents available from the manufacturer.
  • Follow instructions carefully.
  • If stains are indelible trim affected carpet fibers.

Grass

  • Apply laundry detergent.
  • Rinse.
  • Apply ammonia solution.
  • Rinse.

Gravy/Ketchup/Mustard

  • Apply dish detergent solution.
  • Apply white vinegar solution.
  • Apply laundry detergent.

Grease/Oil/Clear Salad Dressing

  • Apply dry cleaning solution/carpet shampoo, or, use blotting paper with warm iron.

Mud

  • Let dry.
  • Brush, scrape/vacuum off as much as possible.
  • Apply dish detergent solution and rinse.

Nail Polish

  • Apply dry cleaning solution.
  • Apply paint/oil/grease remover.
  • Apply non-oily nail polish remover (Note: nail polish remover may dissolve some fibers...pre-test first).
  • If stain remains, apply detergent solution.
  • Apply ammonia solution.
  • Apply white vinegar solution.
  • Rinse and blot dry.

Paint (oil or water based).

  • It's better not to try this one yourself; it's very risky.
  • When a paint spill occurs, call us for Professional help.

Rust

  • While commercial rust removers may be used, they are both dangerous and expensive.
  • It's advisable to let experts handle it.

Tar/Shoe Polish

  • Apply dry cleaning solution.
  • Apply paint/oil/grease remover.
  • Repeat first step.
  • Apply dish detergent solution.
  • Apply ammonia solution.
  • Rinse and blot dry.

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