SPOT REMOVAL CHART
This spot removal chart is provided by the Wools of New Zealand to treat various types of spots.
Removing spots and spills is essential to looking after your and maintaining your carpet.
When faced with these types of incidents, speed is of the essence and applying the right treatments promptly will help prevent stains and damage. The following tips will help you deal with spills and spots you may encounter.
In the case of spilled liquids, the recommended method is to blot the spill with an absorbent, white cloth or Absorb-It.
If solids are spilled, they should be scooped or picked up quickly. Any remaining residue should then be treated - as per the cleaning instruction guide below.
When applying the cleaning agents, never apply them directly to the carpet and use a small quantity at a time.
By working your way inwards from the outer edge of a spot, you can prevent the stain from spreading.
When cleaning up spills and spots, avoid rubbing as this can cause the spot to spread or distort the pile.
Keep the carpet as dry as possible during cleaning. After applying the required treatment, blot the area as dry as possible with a clean cloth and then cover with Absorb-It or paper towels to dry.
Keep the WoolClean Carpet Spot Removal Kit on hand for quick response to spills and accidents. A WoolClean Carpet Spot Removal Kit can be purchased at Beacon Carpet Cleaning, Inc.
SPOT ORDER OF TREATMENT
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Alcoholic Beverages A B
Bleach A B
Blood A B
Butter C B
Chewing Gum D C
Chocolate B C
Coffee A B C
Colas and Soft Drinks A B
Cooking Oils C B
Cream B C
Fecal Matter B J
Floor Wax C B
Fruit Juice A B
Furniture Polish C B
Gravy and Sauces E B C
Ink [Fountain Pen] A B C
Ink [Ballpoint] C G B
Ink [Felt Tip] E B F
Ketchup E B
Lipstick C B
Mercurochrome B J
Milk E C B
Nail Polish F C A
Oil and Grease C B
Paint [Latex] A B C
Paint [Oil] I C B
Rust C B H
Salad Dressing B C
Shoe Polish C B
Soot** C B
Tea A B C
Urine [Fresh]*** A B J
Urine [Old] A B J
Wine I A B
Unknown Material C J B
*Absorbent paper and hot iron
**Dry Vacuum first
*** If not treated immediately, pet urine can cause a permanent stain.
TYPE OF TREATMENT
A Blot with cold water.
B Treat with detergent solution or WoolClean Spot Remover #1.
C Treat with mineral spirits, turpentine or WoolClean Spot Remover #2.
D Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.
E Blot with warm water.
F Treat with clear nail polish remover (preferably acetone).
G Treat with isopropyl alcohol.
H Apply rust remover.
I Sprinkle absorbent powder [e.g. salt, talc or WoolClean Absorb-It].
J Treat with a dry compound cleaner [Host or Capture].
Mix one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid or detergent powder [containing no bleaches or strong alkali] with a cup of lukewarm water or use WoolClean Spot Remover #1 from the WoolClean Spot Removal Kit. Once the stain has been treated with this solution, the spot must be well rinsed with fresh water.
Some chemicals are hazardous (corrosive, flammable, toxic, etc.). They should be used with great care strictly in accordance with their use and safety instructions.
DO NOT apply cleaning products that contain solvents, or Spot Remover #2 (from the Wool-Clean Spot Removal Kit) to bonded carpets - where the pile is bonded to the backing rather than tufted or woven. When applying Spot Remover #2 or other solvent-based cleaners ensure the areas are well ventilated.
DO NOT apply stain repellent treatments that contain silicone as these can accelerate carpet soiling. ( NB. Some carpet manufacturers will not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used).
ALWAYS pre-test a cleaning agent in an inconspicious place to sensure it doesn't affect the color of your carpet.