With any cleaning agents you use, always test an inconspicuous part of the carpet to make certain no damage will occur. Follow all directions and use the appropriate safety gear. While my years of experience and knowledge tell me that the proper application of this information will not harm you or your carpets in any way, you assume full responsibility while using these products.

BLOOD. Blot up as much as possible with paper towels. Apply mixture of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water, blot. Rinse thoroughly with water, repeat as needed, blot until dry. Follow directions. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

CANDLE WAX. Scrape away as much wax 
as possible with spatula or dull knife. Wet 
a clean white cotton cloth, wring out the 
water, place over the remaining wax. Using 
an iron on a medium setting, press the cloth 
into the wax. The heat will melt the wax into 
the cloth. Repeat this process until most of the wax is gone. Apply a solvent cleaner and blot the remaining wax until it is removed. Pinching the carpet fibers with the cloth between your fingers is a good way to do this. Apply a mixture of ½ cup ammonia to one quart of water to the spot. Gently agitate and blot up. This removes the solvent from the carpet. Apply white vinegar to the spot. This removes any remaining residue. If wax is gone but dye remains, follow directions for removing dye stains. Follow directions carefully. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

CATSUP & TOMATO SAUCE. Apply cool ammonia solution, blot. Apply ammonia solution, blot. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

CHOCOLATE. Scrape away as much as possible with dull knife.  Apply ammonia solution, blot.  Apply ammonia solution, blot. Apply vinegar solution, blot. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

COFFEE. Apply vinegar solution, blot. If stain 
remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

CRAYON. Apply volatile aerosol solvent. 
Repeat as needed. Be cautious not to let the 
solvent penetrate to the latex backing. This will damage the backing. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

GRASS. Apply enzyme detergent, blot. Rinse with water, blot. Apply ammonia solution, blot.  Apply vinegar solution, blot. Rinse with water. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

INK (Ballpoint). If the spot is small and has not penetrated deep into the fibers - Apply volatile aerosol solvent to a dry white rag. Pinch the carpet fibers with the rag. Repeat until ink is gone. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  
If the spot has penetrated deep into the fibers - Make a liquid barrier around the ink spot by mixing a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. The ammonia is catalyst of peroxide, and makes the peroxide work better. If you are working on natural fibers such as cotton, wool, linen, avoid using ammonia. Use plain peroxide instead. Once the ink spot is surrounded with the liquid barrier, Apply volatile aerosol solvent to a dry white rag and blot to dissolve the ink. If the ink wants to spread, take an eyedropper and push the ink back to the middle with your peroxide/ammonia barrier. Continue to blot with the solvent until ink is removed. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

JAM & JELLY. Apply ammonia solution, blot. Apply vinegar solution, blot. Rinse with water, blot. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

LIPSTICK. Use the same process as with crayons.

MILDEW. This is not a simple stain problem. This is a health issue. Mold needs to be handled in a certain way with professional specific disinfectants. Your normal household cleaners are not going to successfully take care of this without risking damage to carpets. Call a professional carpet cleaner.

MUD. Brush or scrape, and then vacuum away as much excess mud as possible.  Apply ammonia solution, blot. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

MUSTARD. Apply ammonia solution, blot. Apply vinegar solution, blot. Apply enzyme detergent, blot. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

NAIL POLISH. Apply nail polish remover - 
PRETEST INCONSPICUOUS AREA FIRST. If stain remains, apply volatile aerosol solvent to a dry white rag. Pinch the carpet fibers with the rag. Repeat until stain is gone. Apply ammonia solution, blot until dry. Apply vinegar solution, blot. 
Rinse with water, blot until dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

PAINT (new spill, still wet) (Oil based). Remove excess from carpet. Apply ammonia solution, extract. Rinse with water, blot until dry. Apply mineral spirits to the stain using clean paper towels. For hardened paint, you may find turpentine preferable to mineral spirits. Work from the outside of the spill towards the center, using fresh paper towels as needed. The next step is to blot the affected area with rubbing alcohol using clean paper towels. When stain is gone, apply the ammonia solution, blot and rinse with the vinegar solution. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

PAINT (Water based). Remove excess from carpet. Work from the outside of stain towards middle to keep from spreading paint. Apply ammonia solution, extract. Rinse with water, blot until dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner

DRIED PAINT- For small drips, you can sometimes use a new razor blade and carefully nick them out of the carpet. Otherwise use a liquid or gel solvent and apply to paint. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, agitate the spot. Blot, use the aerosol solvent to spray spot, and blot up remaining paint. Apply ammonia solution, extract, rinse with vinegar solution blot till dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner

SHOE POLISH. Apply volatile aerosol solvent. Repeat as needed. Be cautious not to let the solvent penetrate to the latex backing. This will damage the backing. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

URINE. Blot as much as possible if still wet. Apply
blot. Apply vinegar solution, blot. Rinse thoroughly
with water, blot until dry. If stain remains, call
professional carpet cleaner. Urine stains may cause
permanent dye removal from fibers.

VOMIT. Blot as much as possible. Apply enzyme
detergent, blot. Apply ammonia solution, blot. Apply vinegar solution, blot. Rinse with water, blot until dry. If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  

WINE. Apply enzyme solution, blot. Apply ammonia solution. Apply vinegar solution, blot until dry! If stain remains, call professional carpet cleaner.  


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AMMONIA SOLUTION - Mix 1/2 cup of household ammonia in a quart of lukewarm water.

VOLATILE SOLVENT - Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Energize, K2R, any aerosol solvent in spray can such as Goof Off or Oops. Read directions carefully to see if they are compatible with carpets. Use in small amounts...can be harmful in sizing, backings, or stuffing material. DO NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid, or carbon tetrachloride.

VINEGAR SOLUTION - Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.

ENZYME CLEANERS - Nature's Miracle - (found in large pet stores). Organic stains such as urine, vomit, and other biolo-gical stains. Use according to directions.

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