7 Carpet Cleaning Methods & When to Use Them

    Carpet Care Tips

    (Provided by Tuftex a division of Shaw Industries, Inc.)

    Spot Cleaning Process:

    Find the spot source in the first column and read across that row for the correct spot removal method to try. Continue using the first method until there is no longer a transfer of stain to the cleaning cloth. Try the first method suggested, then the second, until the spot is successfully removed.

    Key Cleaning Methods:

    1. Dry Cleaning Fluid – A nonflammable spot removal liquid available in grocery and hardware stores.
    2. Nail Polish Remover – Amyl Acetate often has a banana fragrance. Do not use if it contains acetone.
    3. Detergent Solution – Mix 2 cups water and 2 teaspoons mild liquid detergent (no lanolin, nonbleach).
    4. Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water.
    5. Vinegar Solution – One cup WHITE vinegar to two cups water.
    6. Ammonia Solution – Two tablespoons household ammonia to one-cup water.
    7. Spot Removal Kit – Available from retail carpet stores or professional cleaners.

     

    Spot Removal Lookup Table

    Source of Spot

    Removal Method

    Acid

    6,   4

    Acne Medication

    1,   3,   6,   5,   4

    Alcoholic Beverage

    3,   6,   5,   4

    Bleach

    3,   4

    Blood

    6,   3,   4(cold),   7

    Butter

    1,   3,   6,   5,   4

    Candle Wax

    1

    Catsup

    3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Cement/Concrete

    1,   3,   4

    Chalk

    3

    Charcoal

    3

    Chewing Gum

    Freeze with ice, chip away, then…1,   3

    Cosmetics

    2,   1,   3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Drain/Toilet Cleaner

    3,   4,   1

    Food

    3,   6,   4

    Furniture Polish (solvent base)

    2,   1,   3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Furniture Polish (water base)

    3,   4,   1,   6,   7

    Graphite

    6,   3,   4

    Grease

    1,   3,   4

    Ink

    2,   1,   3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Iodine

    1,   3,   6,   5,   4

    Medicine

    2,   1,   3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Mud

    3,   4

    Nail Polish

    2,   1,   3,   4,   6,   7

    Oil

    1,   3

    Paint, oil base

    2,   1,   3,   6,   4,   7

    Plant Food

    3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Rust

    3,   4,   7

    Shoe Polish

    2,   1,   3,   6,   4,   7

    Soft Drinks

    3,   6,   5,   4,   7

    Tar

    1,   7

    Toothpaste

    3,   5,   6,   4

    Urine,

    3,   6,   5,   4

    Urine, dry

    3,   4,   5,   6

    Vomit

    3,   6,   5,   4,   7

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