Spot Removal Guide

 

Cleaning Instruction Guide

The kids…the dog…a clumsy party guest. Accidents happen. In fact, removal of spots and spills is one of the most crucial areas of oriental carpet maintenance. When anything is dropped or spilled, quick response with the proper cleaning material can save the day…and your oriental carpet!
When accidents happen:

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Blot up liquids with white paper towels or absorbent cloth;
scoop up solids with the end of a knife or spoon.

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Treat the spot according to the cleaning instruction chart below.

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Apply spot removal agent to clean towel or cloth, not directly to the spot. Use small quantities at a time. Always work inwards from the edge to prevent spreading. Do not rub, as this may cause the spot to spread or distort the pile. Do not over-wet the carpet pile.

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Afterwards, blot as dry as possible with clean towel.

Spot Removal Chart – provided by Wools of New Zealand (click on the step numbers below to see instructions)

Spot

Order of Treatment

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Alcoholic Beverages

1

2

Bleach

1

2

Blood

1

2

Butter

3

2

Candle wax **

Chewing Gum

4

3

Chocolate

2

3

Coffee

1

2

3

Colas and Soft Drinks

1

2

Cooking Oils

4

2

Cream

2

3

Egg

2

Floor Wax

3

2

Fruit Juice

1

2

Furniture Polish

3

2

Gravy and Sauces

5

2

3

Ink (Fountain Pen)

1

2

Ink (Ball Point)

4

7

2

Ink (Felt Tip)

5

2

6

Ketchup

5

2

Lipstick

3

2

Mercurochrome *

2

10

Milk

5

3

2

Mustard

2

Nail Polish

6

3

Oil and Grease

3

2

Paint (Latex)

1

2

3

Paint (Oil)

9

3

2

Rust

3

2

8

Salad Dressing

2

3

Shoe Polish

3

2

Soot

3

2

Tar

3

Tea

1

2

3

Urine (fresh)

1

2

Urine (old)

1

2

10

Vomit

2

Wine

9

1

2

Unknown Material

3

10

2

 

Type Of Treatment

  1. Add cold water and blot
  2. Detergent solution or WoolClean Dry Spot Remover #1*
  3. Methylated mineral spirits, turpentine, or WoolClean Dry Spot Remover #2*
  4. Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.
  5. Warm water
  6. Clean nail polish remover (preferably acetone)
  7. Isopropyl alcohol
  8. Rust remover
  9. Absorbent powder (e.g., salt, talc or Absorb-ItTM*)
  10. Absorbent cleaner (Host®, Capture®, or Dri-Matic®)

Be sure to check the next page for more cleaning information.