Helpful Hints

Spot and Spill Removal

One of the crucial areas of carpet maintenance is the removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly is the key to success when anything is dropped or spilled and always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand is of the upmost importance. Step one for liquid spills is blot, it is amazing how much you will remove with an absorbent cloth or towel using presure and changing as required. (make sure there will be no dye transfer from your toweling, use old towels) Step two gently sponge with cold water (do not over wet) step three follow chart below.

Spotting Chart

Stain type

Difficulty

Directions

Blood

Difficult

Rinse with a mild detergent solution + (cold water). Rinse further with cloudy ammonia solution. Rinse with vinegar solution

Dyes (e.g. cordials, soft drinks)

Extremely difficult

Best left to a Carpet cleaning perth Technician 0419923167

Coffee

Can be difficult

Detergent solution, blot, vinegar solution then blot

Tea

Can be difficult

Detergent solution, blot, vinegar solution then blot

Beer

Easy

Detergent solution, then rinse with small amounts of fresh water

Lipstick

Medium

Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub, detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water

Make up

Can be hard

Vacuum, Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to a clean, white cloth and dab at the mark – do not rub, detergent solution sparingly, rinse sparingly with fresh water

Nail Polish

Can be difficult

Use acetone based nail polish remover, DO NOT RUB! Colour may transfer to carpet fibre, call a Breathe-easy echnician if this is the case

Soup

Easy

Blot first, detergent solution sparingly, blot again, fresh water rinse and blot

Grease or oil

Easy

Apply Dry Cleaning Fluid to white absorbent cloth, dab or wipe the mark, do not scrub.

Ink or Biro

Hard

Can use Methylated Spirits or Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing liniment) if still fresh. Apply to clean white cloth and dab at the spot, do not scrub

Paint

(water based)

Can be difficult

Apply methylated spirits sparingly, agitate lightly, wipe with absorbent cloth.

Paint

(oil based)

Difficult

Apply Mineral Turpentine when still wet sparingly – Note: too much will damage carpet backing!!

Rust

Extremely difficult

Application of lemon juice + light agitation may sometimes have an effect.

Pot plant stains

Reasonably easy if fresh, difficult if old

Apply white wine vinegar, leave for several minutes, then blot

Red wine

Easy when fresh

Blot up spill, apply white wine, blot, apply Bicarbonate of Soda

Urine

Difficult

Apply ammonia solution when fresh, rinse with fresh water and blot, apply white wine vinegar solution, blot

Vomit

Moderately difficult

Will depend on what has been ingested, but normally a good carpet detergent will remove most of the stain whilst fresh

Wood stains

Extremely diffcult

Call Breathe-easy 0419923167

Tomato sauce

Fairly easy

Detergent solution, ammonia solution if needed, rinse + blot, then vinegar solution and blot

Fat

Fairly easy

Warm – hot water with detergent solution, blot

Wax

Very Difficult

Call Breathe-easy 0419923167

Crayon

Difficult

Methylated Spirits or White Spirits may work

Jam

Easy

Detergent solution, blot, warm fresh water rinse, blot

Chocolate

Easy

Detergent solution, blot, warm fresh water rinse, blot

Mould

Extremely difficult

Call breathe-easy 0419923167

 

 

 

Vacuuming

The most important maintenance step is proper vacuuming. Regular and thorough vacuuming at once a week and more often in heavy traffic areas will remove soil and dirt particles before they become embedded into the pile of the carpet. Remember you cannot over vacuum and vacuuming should begin the day the carpet is installed, We use and recommend upright Dyson vacuum cleaners.