Stain Removal and Carpet Cleaning Tips

Here are some basic carpet cleaning tips to help you keep your carpet looking good.
  • Always blot, never rub or scrub
  • Immediately scoop or blot up as much of the spill as possible, working from the outer edge towards the center to avoid spreading
  • For most common household stains, treat with warm (not hot ) water
  • For wool/wool blends, add one teaspoon of laundry detergent approved for wool and one teaspoon of white vinegar to each litre of warm water. Otherwise as the Stain Removal Guide
  • Pre-test a small inconspicuous area of the carpet to ensure against damage and possible color change
  • Press dry the carpet with clean white cloth or paper towel in between treatments
  • Once treated, apply water with a cloth until the carpet no longer feels sticky or soapy, then blot up with a clean white cloth or paper towel
  • Place several layers of paper towel or cloth over the cleaned area and place a flat weight on them to absorb remaining moisture
  • If unsuccessful, call a professional carpet cleaner immediately

Stain Removal Tables

Wool Stain Removal
Cleansing Agent / Treatment Stain Type Order of Treatment
1

Cold Water.

2

One teaspoon mild laundry detergent approved for wool and one teaspoon of white vinegar in 1 litre of warm water.

3

Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.

4

Clear nail polish remover without lanolin.

5

Rust remover (to be applied by a professional carpet cleaner).

6

Clear household disinfectant.

7

Vacuum immediately. If any residue call professional carpet cleaner.

8

Rinse with warm water.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Blood
1
2
8
Chewing Gum
3
2
8
Coffee
2
8
Faeces
2
6
8
Nail Polish
4
Paint (Latex)
1
2
Rust
5
Soot
7
Urine (Fresh)
1
2
8
Urine (Old)
2
8
Vomit
2
6
8
Wine (White)
2
8

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Synthetic Stain Removal
Cleansing Agent / Treatment Stain Type Order of Treatment
1

Cold water.

2

One teaspoon mild laundry detergent approved for wool and one teaspoon of white vinegar in 1 litre of warm water.

3

Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.

4

Clear nail polish remover without lanolin.

5

Rust remover (to be applied by a professional carpet cleaner).

6

Clear household disinfectant.

7

Vacuum immediately. If any residue call professional carpet cleaner.

8

Rinse with warm water.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Blood
1
2
8
Chewing Gum
3
2
8
Coffee
2
7
2
8
Faeces
2
6
8
Nail Polish
4
Paint (Latex)
1
2
Rust
5
Soot
8
Urine (Fresh)
1
2
8
Urine (Old)
2
8
Vomit
2
6
8
Wine (White)
2
7
2
8

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Note: Removal of stains cannot be guaranteed. No responsibility is accepted by Godfrey Hirst for claims arising from any proposed treatments. If stains fail to respond to treatment, call a professional carpet cleaner immediately.

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