Carpet Only Spot Removal FAQ

Every carpet manufacturer has its own warrantee. To maintain it follow the manufacturer’s specific requirements.

Following this spot removal instructions and using any spotter is done at your own risk! Prior to spotting, pretest it on an inconspicuous spot of carpet to ensure it does not discolor or damage it.

General instructions:

Please act quickly! The longer you delay the more likely the spill will become a permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no carpet is completely stain proof.

Directions

  1. Gently scoop all semi-solids with a rounded spoon & gently blot liquids with a clean white paper towel. Do not scrub!
  2. Switch spray nozzle to mist & apply a small amount of the spotter to stain area. Do not saturate! Work from the outside in. Let it sit for 20 seconds.
  3. Gently absorb stain by blotting with a clean white paper towel. Do not rub or twist.
  4. If there is a marked improvement, repeat. If no improvement, stop and call Expert Clean & Green- If in the San Francisco area- (415) 242-2428, and if in the Grass Valley/Auburn area- (530) 955-1835, for free advice.
  5. If stain is gone, mist with just water and blot until moisture is removed.

 Re-appearing stains: Repeat steps 1 through 5. Cover with 10 layers of clean, white paper towels. Weigh down with a few books. (Separate books from towels with a plastic bag to avoid water damage to books.) Remove after 6-8 hours.

See Spotting Chart Below:

Detergent Solution: Expert Clean & Green spotter or- 1 teaspoon of clear mild dishwashing liquid detergent like Dawn (not detergent that is used for machine dishwashing) with one cup of warm water.

Ammonia Solution: 1 Table spoon of non-sudsy household ammonia, with ½ – cup of warm water. Do not use stronger ammonia or make the solution stronger.

Vinegar Solution: 1/3 cup distilled white household vinegar, with 2/3- cup water.

Enzyme Detergent: Commercial enzyme detergent such as Nature’s Miracle. *

* Though many times they work well, enzymes digest protein and wool is a protein (hair), therefore it is not “WoolSafe”. Also enzymes may lighten the color of carpet. Use at your own risk.

Dry Cleaning Solvent: A commercial volatile dry (non-residual) spotter.

 

Blood Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply cool Ammonia Solution and blot. Apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary, and blot. Rinse and blot dry.
Chewing Gum Remove excess with blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot, followed by Detergent Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Chocolate Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.
Catsup / Tomato Sauce Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.
Coffee / Tea Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply Detergent Solution and blot, and follow with Vinegar Solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary. Rinse and blot dry.
Fats Remove with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Fruit Juice Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.
Glue Remove excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Gravy Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.
Grease Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent Solution and blot. Apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Ice Cream Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Lipstick Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent Solution and blot. Apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Milk Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary. Rinse and blot dry.
Nail Polish Remove excess with a blunt knife. Cautiously blot repeatedly with nail polish remover. If stain remains, apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent Solution. Apply Ammonia Solution followed by Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Oil Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent Solution . Rinse and blot dry.
Paint Oil-base Paint: Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent Solution. Apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.

Water-base Paint: Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Detergent Solution and blot. Apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. If stain remains, apply Dry Cleaning Solvent. Rinse and blot dry.

Shoe Polish Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent Solution. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Soft Drinks Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Urine Blot up as much as possible, if still wet. Apply Detergent Solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Vomit Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Enzyme Detergent and blot. Apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.
Wax Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent Solution. Rinse and blot dry. For persistent waxy residue, only on clear or white wax only (no color at all, as heat sets pigments) and on nylon carpet only, place a white absorbent towel on the wax area. Heat an iron to “low heat” and place on the towel for 30-seconds to melt and absorb the wax. Move the towel as needed.
Caution: This procedure is done at your own risk as it can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.
Wine Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent Solution. If stain remains, apply Ammonia Solution and follow with Vinegar Solution. Rinse and blot dry.

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