This following list can be a help when you need to fix a stain quickly.

  • Asphalt/ Tar : White spirit or solvent spot remover followed by dry foam carpet shampoo or hot water extraction
  • Alcoholic drink : Lukewarm mild detergent solution
  • Ballpoint Ink : Water then solvent spot remover
  • Blood : Apply cold water first, then a strong solution (1 teaspoon in ½ pint of water) of biological washing powder in cold water, if stain persists. (Enzymes will digest majority of the stain)
  • Butter : Scrape off, apply solvent spot remover followed by dry foam carpet shampoo
  • Candle-Wax : Scrape off, apply solvent spot remover followed by dry foam carpet shampoo
  • Chewing Gum : Apply freeze spray chewing gum remover, scrape the residue, then carpet shampoo.
  • Chocolate : Cold water followed by dry foam carpet shampoo
  • Coca Cola : Water or mild detergent solution
  • Coffee, Cocoa or Drinking Chocolate : Wash immediately with cold or warm mild detergent solution, followed by solvent spot remover to remove residual fat.
  • Cigarette Burns : Scrape off carefully using a sharp short bladed knife, then treat with a lukewarm mild detergent solution. In the case of a severe burn, a leather punch (1½” diameter) can be used to cut out the burn and then the area filled by a circle from the carpet remnants.
  • Egg : Cold water followed by a solution of biological washing powder or mild detergent solution.
  • Excrement : Mild detergent solution.
  • Felt Marker : Wash immediately with water and if necessary with solvent spot remover
  • Fat, Oil or Grease : Solvent spot remover followed by mild detergent solution.
  • Fat containing Foodstuffs : Lukewarm biological washing powder solution (1 teaspoon in ½ pint of warm water). If stain persists after drying, solvent spot remover can be used.
  • Ink : First water then solvent spot remover
  • Jam : Lukewarm water, mild detergent solution
  • Lipstick : Solvent spot remover followed by mild detergent solution
  • Milk : Solvent spot remover followed by dry foam carpet shampoo.
  • Nail Varnish : Acetone (not nail varnish remover)
  • Oil Paint : Apply white spirit immediately. Old oil paint stains are very difficult to remove.
  • Plasticine : Scrape off then use chewing gum freeze spray. Scrape again, then use solvent spot remover.
  • Rust : See specialist cleaner for removal.
  • Red Wine : Apply cold water first, then a solution (1 teaspoon in ½ pint of water) of biological washing powder in cold water.
  • Shoe Polish : Solvent spot remover or white spirit.
  • Soot : Vacuum then treat with dry foam carpet shampoo.
  • Tea : Lukewarm mild detergent solution.
  • Urine : Diluted white vinegar solution (acetic acid) followed by mild detergent solution. For old stains consult a professional cleaner.
  • Vomit : Mild detergent solution then treat with diluted protein spot remover
  • White Wine : Water then mild detergent if necessary.

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