Carpet Cleaning Process

No one likes it when there is a spill on the floor, but With the help of The Cleaner Image Spotting guide when there is a spill on your carpet there is a good chance it can be removed before becoming permanent. Use the information below to properly deal with spills and help keep your carpet spot free for years to come.

Spot Removal Steps

Act Immediately!  Today, most carpet available has been treated with a stain-resist treatment.  Many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no carpet is completely stain proof.

Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white (no printing) paper towels. White terry cloth towels are great for this purpose.

Blot - Don't Scrub the area! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion. Continue to use a white cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry. For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a spoon. Break up and vacuum solids away.

If a spot can be identified, locate the name of substance at the left of this page and click the name... follow the directions carefully.

Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to make certain it won't damage the fiber or the dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds. Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected.

Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth, allow to sit for about 10 minutes and work in gently. Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Blot, absorbing as much as possible, and repeat if necessary.

Continue using the first cleaning solution as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. It is not necessary to use all of the cleaning solutions if the first solution removes the spill. Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times.

After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if the solution is not completely removed. Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book. Continue to change paper towels as needed.

Acne Medicine

  • Most acne medicines (and many other medications) contain Benzoyl Peroxide which gradually forms Hydrogen Peroxide and can eventually leave bleach spots in carpet. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water,  blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel, blot dry with a dry white towel, and vacuum. A professional may be required to re-dye any bleached out area.

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Alcohol

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Asphalt / Driveway Sealer / Parking Lot Sealer / Creosote

  • If not removed when fresh, yellow stain from asphalt off parking lots and driveways is nearly impossible to completely remove without delaminating the carpet. This yellowing is particularly obvious with blue and gray carpet.
  • For small areas, blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Ball Point Pen Ink

  • Absorb all ink on surface with dry white unprinted paper towels. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Beer

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If large quantity, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Berry Stain

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If large quantity has spilled, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day before attempting removal. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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BHT Yellowing

  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxy-Toluene) is a preservative used in rebond pad (and bread). With stain-resistant nylon carpet, sometimes BHT turns the carpet yellow especially under throw rugs, under low-lying furniture, and in closets. Apply a solution of 10% Citric Acid (1 pound per gallon). Citric Acid is available at some drugstores. Leave overnight. Vacuum.

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Bleach

  • Permanent color damage will occur except on most solution-dyed fibers. Bleach dissolves wool!
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. To neutralize the bleach with an anti-chlor, make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the affected area and work in. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. A professional may be required to re-dye any bleached out area.

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Blood

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. If not fully removed, apply household Hydrogen Peroxide (the 3% drugstore variety) to the stain and blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. NOTE: Sometimes the Hydrogen Peroxide will bleach out the carpet fibers. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Browning / Jute Stain

  • A carpet, particularly wool, will sometimes gain a brown tint on the tips if cleaned with an overly strong high pH detergent. This will sometimes occur, particularly on wool, if the carpet is left wet too long after cleaning, spill, flood, etc. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Butter

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Carbon Black / Fingerprint Dust / Dry Photocopier Toner / Soot

  • It is EXTREMELY important that you NOT get this type of material wet initially! Vacuum thoroughly until you see no more, then vacuum some more! Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Carbon Paper

  • Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. NOTE: Some carbon paper inks are more readily removed with Alcohol than with dry cleaning fluid.

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Chalk

  • Chalk is Calcium Carbonate. Carpenter's chalk is simply chalk with a dye added for visibility. First, thoroughly vacuum. Chalk is readily soluble in mild acid. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. If any stain from carpenter's chalk is left, blot with Alcohol.

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Chewing Gum

  • Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Scrape up residue. Re-clean with the dry cleaning fluid.

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Chocolate / Creme de Menthe

  • Scrape off excess and absorb. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Clay / Red Clay

  • Thoroughly vacuum. If from a flower pot, blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Coffee / Tea

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water.
  • If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Place a thin dry white towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a pan of hot water. Remove after 1/2 hour. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.
  • If unsuccessful,

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Cola Drink / Soft Drink

  • A soft drink spill is usually deep into the backing and wicking with attendant resoiling can be a major problem. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Cough Medicine or Syrup / Vitamins (Liquid) / Children's Medicine

  • Blot with Alcohol until totally removed. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Crayon

  • Scrape loose crayon off and pick up large pieces. Vacuum thoroughly WITHOUT brush agitation. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Any remaining color can usually be removed by blotting with Alcohol.

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Dandruff Shampoo

  • Frequently contains sulfur compounds which may turn the fibers permanently brown. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Egg (Raw)

  • Immediately scrape off all excess. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Fabric Softener

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Food Coloring / Kool-Aid®

  • For dry food dyes such as some Easter egg dye powders, THOROUGHLY vacuum before proceeding with any wet techniques. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Furniture Polish

  • If liquid, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If wax or solid, scrape up. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Furniture Stain

  • If liquid, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If down in the backing, it is highly unlikely that you will get all of the stain out. The fibers will probably be permanently stained. If dry, blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Grape Juice

  • If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day. If any stain remains, blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.
  • If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Place a thin dry towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a pan of hot water. Remove after 1/2 hour. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.
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Gravy

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Grease (vehicle)

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Hair Dye

  • Hair dye is one of the most severe stains there is for carpet and can seldom be thoroughly removed! Blot with Alcohol. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Replacement of the stained section may even be necessary.

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Ice Cream

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water.  Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Ink (India)

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Ink (Permanent) / Felt Tip Markers

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Ink (Washable)

  • If a heavy spill, scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water.  Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Insecticides

  • Most insecticides permanently stain, bleach, or discolor carpet fibers with little chance of restoring the carpet to the original color.
  • Vacuum thoroughly. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Iodine / Betadine®

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Cover the stained area with a thin white towel. Make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the towel. Set a pan of hot water on top of the towel and leave at least thirty minutes. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. NOTE: while rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye.

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Kerosene

  • If heavily spilled on upholstery or into the backing and pad of a carpet, elimination of the odor is very difficult. Pad or filler material will have to be replaced. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Ketchup / Catsup

  • Scrape up residue. Apply a damp WHITE towel to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day. Scrape up unabsorbed residue. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Lacquer / Linseed Oil

  • If wet, absorb. Scrape up any dried material. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Lipstick

  • Scrape up residue. Remove all loose material. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together.  Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Mascara

  • Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Merthiolate

  • Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Mildew

  • If the carpet is 100% solution dyed olefin (polypropylene), spray bleach onto the mildewed area, leave 1 hour, blot with water, dry blot with white towels. CAUTION: Do not get on any other surfaces!
  • If not solution dyed olefin, blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water.  Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.
  • NOTE: Black mildew on fabric indicates probable severe irreversible damage. Be extremely careful - the fabric is probably very weak!

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Milk

  • If "souring" has occurred, professional treatment or removal of the affected section of the pad will be necessary.
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Mucilage / Mucous

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Mustard

  • Because it contains a disperse dye, mustard is very difficult to totally remove.
  • If the carpet is 100% solution dyed olefin (polypropylene), scrape up residue, spray bleach onto the stained area, leave 1 hour, blot with water, dry blot with white towels. CAUTION: Do not get on any other surfaces!
  • For other surfaces, scrape off loose material. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Nail Polish

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. 
  • CAUTION: Amyl Acetate, Acetone, and most nail polish removers are highly flammable and dissolve acetate fibers.

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Oil (Petroleum)

  • Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Orange Drink

  • If a heavy spill, leave a weighted moist towel on the spot overnight. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Paint (Latex)

  • If wet and on surface, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Paint (Oil Based) / Varnish

  • If wet, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If dry, scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Potting Soil

  • Let dry completely before treating. Dry vacuum until all soil is removed. Soil may contain fertilizers and insecticides which often leave permanent stains. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Rubber Cement

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Rust

  • Vacuum up loose rust. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a of WHITE towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Shoe Polish (Liquid)

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Shoe Polish (Wax or Paste)

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together.

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Soil Filtration Lines

  • These are the black or darkened areas along the baseboard, around furnace vents, etc. This is caused by air movement where extremely fine soil is deposited on the fibers as the air moves under walls, closed doors, etc. It is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, to thoroughly remove from very light carpet.
  • Very thoroughly vacuum. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Urine

  • Scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a WHITE absorbent towel saturated with white vinegar. Apply a WHITE towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.
  • Severe cases will require pad replacement, cleaning and deodorizing the backing, cleaning and deodorizing and sealing the underlayment.
  • NOTE: On wool, urine frequently bleaches out the dyes, especially if not immediately treated.

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Vomit

  • Vomit is strongly acidic and, therefore, can severely stain carpet and upholstery.
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day.

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Water Colors

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.

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Wax (Candle / Paraffin)

  • On nylon carpet only, place a white towel on the area. Heat an iron to medium and set on the towel for thirty seconds. Move the towel as needed. CAUTION: This procedure can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.
  • If unable to use the above hot iron technique, blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with Dry cleaning fluid or Odorless Mineral Spirits on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with The Cleaner Image's "Poof" or 2 tablespoons of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.

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Glass Cleaner / Window Cleaner (Windex®, etc.)

  • Irreversible bleaching can occur with some window cleaners, especially in bright sunlight. Blot with Alcohol.

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Wine

  • If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object such as a heavy book and remove the next day. Blot with white wine on a white towel. make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye's Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the affected area. Place a pan of hot water on the stain overnight. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.
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