Prompt action stops spills from becoming stains. Follow the steps below to save your money and your carpet.
The right tools for the job
You will need some clean white absorbent cloth, kitchen roll (or whatever you can grab nearby that can go straight in the washing machine) and the four basic solutions listed below.
Dry cleaning Solution – surgical spirit.
Detergent Solution – One teaspoonful of Wool/ Silk clothes washing detergent to half a pint of warm (not hot) water.
Detergent and Vinegar Solution – Add one tablespoon of white (not malt) vinegar to the Detergent solution.
Ammonia Solution – One teaspoonful of branded household ammonia (available from Tesco, some Boots stores, Amazon etc.) to one cup of warm (not hot) water.
Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Liquid Foods and Urine.
Blot up surplus spillage. Use detergent vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards, using a little at a time, blotting up with dry cloths frequently. See below for final rinse procedure.
Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution starting at the outer edge. Blot dry. Follow up with Ammonia Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
Solids, Fats, Tar, Chewing Gum. Oil, Ointment and Shoe Polish.
Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solution followed by Detergent and Vinegar Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
Scrape up or blot surplus spillage.Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by clean luke warm water. Blot dry. If further treatment is needed, use either Detergent or Detergent and Vinegar Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
Final rinse procedure
This rinse procedure is applicable to all the above methods of stain removal. Simply mix one part white vinegar and four parts water. Pour mixture into spray bottle and spay over the stained area. Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture. Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) over the affected area and a place a weight, such as a book, directly on top. This will help the moisture residue to soak into the towels. Leave overnight and repeat if necessary.
Tips For Success!
1. Scrape up the solids. Blot up the liquids.Take your time.
2. Mix the solution accurately and test it on a hidden patch of carpet.
3. Always work from the outer edge of the stain to the centre.
4. NEVER OVER WET. Dab and blot instead of scrub or rub.
5. If you cant completely remove the stain using the safe methods above DON’T panic raid the cupboard under the sink and end up ruining your carpet.
All of the stain removal steps listed here allow us the best possible chance of completing the job successfully.