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Spot Guide – Natural Fibers

The chart on this page identifies recommended stain removal procedures for some of the most common household spills.  These stain removal and cleaning procedures have been carefully developed for use on carpets manufactured with NATURAL CARPET FIBERS ONLY and may not be appropriate for use on any other carpet fibers.

Factory Authorized Warning

Do not use these procedures subsequent to or in combination with other cleaning procedures. THE USE OF NON-APPROVED CLEANING MATERIALS OR PROCEDURES WILL DAMAGE YOUR CARPET AND INVALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY.

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General Instruction:

  1. Scoop up any solids gently with a spoon or dull knife. Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting with a white paper or cloth towel.
  2. Always blot, never scrub or rub abrasively, because it may create a fuzzy area. When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill and enlarging the problem.
  3. Always follow spot removal with a water rinse to remove the sticky residue from the spotter that can cause rapid re-soiling. There are spotting extractors which work well for the rinse and extract step.
  4. Place several layers of white towels on the spot to draw out any remaining moisture. Weight them down with a heavy object that will not transfer color, such as plastic jug of water.

The following table lists the most common household Stains.

  • Alcoholic Beverages A
  • Asphalt B, *PRO
  • Beer A
  • Beta dine *PRO
  • Blood A, PRO
  • Butter B
  • Chewing Gum C
  • Chocolate A, *PRO
  • Coffee A – 1, *PRO
  • Cola Drinks A
  • Cosmetics B *PRO
  • Crayon B
  • De–Icer, Salt Vacuum, A
  • Excrement A
  • Food Dyes A, *PRO
  • Furniture Polish A, B
  • Grease, Auto B
  • Food A
  • Ink, Ballpoint B
  • Permanent B, *PRO
  • Washable A
  • Lipstick B
  • Milk A
  • Mustard A, *PRO
  • Nail Polish Polish Remover
  • Paint, Latex, Wet A
  • Latex, Dry B
  • Oil B
  • Rust *PRO
  • Tea A – 1, *PRO
  • Toner, Copier Vacuum, A
  • Urine A – 1
  • Vomit A – 1
  • Wax C
  • Wine A, *PRO

A: WATER SOLUBLE STAINS – Absorb as much as possible with a towel. Blot the affected area with more towels dampened with cool water until no more color transfers to the towels. If any of the stain remains, use a detergent solution of 1/2 teaspoon (no more) of CLEAR, NON BLEACH liquid hand dishwashing detergent to a quart of water in the clean spray bottle or use a general purpose spotter with a pH of 5 to 8. Spray lightly onto the spot and blot repeatedly with white towels. Rinse thoroughly by spraying with clean water, and by spaying with clean water, and then blot or extract. Do not use too much because the residue will contribute to rapid re-soiling.

A-1. Apply a white vinegar (one part white vinegar to one part water) to a white towel and blot or spray onto spot. Continue as in “A” or use a slightly acidic spotter made for coffee, tea and other tannin stains rather than the detergent.

B. GREASE – Blot as much as possible with white towels. Apply a solvent designed for grease removal to a towel and blot. Use sparingly and do not pour or spray directly on the carpet pile as damage to the backing or adhesive may result; use the towels to transport the solvent to the carpet. Repeat until no more color transfers to the towel. Protective gloves should be worn because the solvent will quickly remove oils from the skin and may result in irritation. Provide adequate ventilation and do not use flammable solvents! Rinse thoroughly by spraying with clean water, and then blot or extract. If needed, continue with procedures in “A”.

C. CHEWING GUM and CANDLE WAX – Freeze with ice or commercial available product in an aerosol can. Shatter with a blunt object and vacuum before the chips soften. Follow up with a solvent as in “B”.