Cleaning Basics

What To Do About Spills and Stains


If you encounter stains or spills, pick up all removable solids immediately. In cases of muddy footprints, wait for them to dry before you vacuum.

Types of Stains:

Water Soluble (include most food, beverage, urine and vomit) and Solvent-Soluble (include oil, grease, tar, crayon, lipstick and butter)

DETERGENT SOLUTION FOR REMOVING WATER-SOLUBLE STAINS - mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent (such as Ivory Liquid) into 1 pint of lukewarm water. Do NOT use automatic dishwater detergent or any other solution containing bleach. Sponge the detergent mixture on the stain, and work the solution from the outer edges toward the center of the stain. A lather will form. Gently sponge off this later with clear, cold water until all visible signs of the suds have disappeared.

NEUTRALIZING RINSE - Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into 1 pint of cold water. Sponge this mixture lightly onto the affected area. The vinegar will neutralize any detergent residue that may remain in the carpet or that may wick to the surface during the drying process. Blot as much of the moisture out of the area as possible by using absorbent whiter cloth or toweling or paper towels. Never use newspaper or anything with print. Finally lay dry absorbent toweling on the area and weight with a heavy object. After the area is dry, brush lightly to restore the normal texture of the carpet.


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