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Rug Cleaning Hints

Removing Spills and Spots from your Rug


When a spill occurs, even if it is only water, it is important that it be removed immediately by blotting or pat-drying the area with absorbent white cloth. Never rub the area of the spill as rubbing will work the liquid deeper into the fibres, making the spill more likely to stain the carpet. It can also spread the liquid to a larger area of the rug.

Recommended Cleaning Solutions

Use the mixtures and combinations described below according to the spill description in the chart below. Always place the solutions in a spray bottle and mist them lightly onto the soiled spot.

Detergent Solution

Mix teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid with a cup of lukewarm water.


Solvent Solution

Use Host Spot Remover or any consumer-brand dry cleaning solvent.


Vinegar Solution

Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup water.


Ammonia Solution

Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup water.

A.
Use Host Dry Cleaner for Carpets.

B.
Apply solvent then blot, detergent then blot, water then blot.

C.
Apply detergent then blot, ammonia then blot, detergent then blot, water then blot.

D.
Apply detergent then blot, vinegar then blot, detergent then blot, water then blot.

E.
Apply detergent then blot, ammonia then blot, vinegar then blot, detergent then blot, water then blot.

F.
Apply detergent then blot, ammonia then blot, water then blot, solvent then blot.


G.
Freeze with ice cube then shatter with blunt object and vacuum out chips, apply solvent then blot. (For wax paper, place paper towel or paper bag over wax, iron with warm, not hot, iron to absorb.





H.
Apply cool water then blot, ammonia then blot, detergent then blot, water then blot.



I.
Apply acetone polish remover (not oily) then blot; repeat.

How to Clean Specific

Beer or liquor

A or D

Blood

A

Butter

A or B

Candy

A or E

Catsup

A or C

Chewing gum

A or G

Chocolate

A or E

Coffee

A or D

Crayon

B and A

Egg

A and C

Feces

A or C

Food colour

C and A

Fruit juice

A or E

Furniture polish

A or E

Furniture polish with stain

A or C

Glue / Model Cement

I

Glue-white

C and A

Gravy

A or E

Hair spray

A or B

Hand lotion

A or B

Ice cream

A or B

Ink-ballpoint

A or E

Ink-marker

A or B

Spots and Spills

Lipstick

A or B

Mascara

A or B

Mayonnaise

A or C

Merthiolate

A and E

Milk

A and E

Nail Polish

I and A

Oil-cooking

A or B

Oil-furniture

A or B

Crayon

A or F

Paint-oil base

A or B

Rust

A

Shoe polish (liquid)

A or B

Shoe polish (paste)

A or B

Soft drinks

A or E

Tar

A and B

Tea

A or D

Urine

A or E

Water colours

A or F

Wax candle -colour

G

Wax candle -white

G

Wine

A or E

Shaggy Rug Maintenance

Do you want your shaggy rug to live longer?

Then you need to:

Vacuum cleaning your rug once a week (don't use a power head).

Every 4 months roll your rug up and turn it upside down (See the Video)

Then beat the back to release all the fine sand and dust that will damage your rug

(I use an old tennis racket or something flat. See what comes out of your rug you will be shocked!)

Notes
  • When attempting to remove any stains always ensure that the carpet is dry before proceeding to the next step in the order of treatment.
  • The solvents normally used in dry cleaning are perchlorethylene, white spirit or fluorocarbons and should be used according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Whilst this advice is offered in good faith, no responsibility is accepted for claims arising from the treatments proposed. If stains fail to respond to treatments         listed, call a professional carpet cleaner immediately.


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