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  1. At Home Stain Removal Tips

    Helpful Tips From Destin Premier Carpet Cleaning

    Some helpful tips from Destin Premier carpet cleaning. Please refer to this handy Carpet Spot Removal Guide to help you with any “accidents” on your rug or carpet. Remember.. spills and stains should be treated immediately – the longer a spot remains, the more difficult it will be to remove.

    Recommended Cleaning Solutions

    The following four solutions will be required, together with a white, absorbent cloth or tissue.

    1. Detergent Solution

     

    Destin Premier Spotout or mix 1-teaspoon of clear, mild liquid dishwashing detergent with 1-cup of lukewarm water.

    2. Ammonia Solution

     

    Mix 1-tablespoon of household ammonia with 1/2 – cup of warm water.

    (Refrain from a stronger ammonia solution on wool carpet.)

    3. Vinegar Solution

     

    Mix 1/3 cup of white, household vinegar with the 2/3 cup of water.

    4. Enzyme Detergent

     

    Commercial enzyme detergent such as Nature’s Miracle®.

    5. Dry Cleaning Solvent

     

    Commercial volatile dry spotter.

    Recommended Stain Removal Procedures

    • Test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area, then tackle the stain by working from the outer edge towards the center and blot, don’t rub.

    • The final spot removal step is always to gently rinse the area with water and then absorb all the remaining moisture with absorbent towels.

    • When finished, place a 1/2″ inch pad of white, absorbent paper towels over affected area and weight down with a flat, heavy object.

    • Change absorbent pad until transfer of spilled substance or residue is no longer visible on absorbent pad.

    Stain Specific Cleaning Instructions

    Blood

     
    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply cool Ammonia solution and blot. Apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary, and blot. Rinse and blot dry.

    Chewing Gum

     

    Remove excess with blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot, followed by Detergent solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Chocolate

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

    Ketchup / Tomato Sauce

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

    Coffee / Tea

     

    Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply Detergent solution and blot, and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary. Rinse and blot dry.

    Fats

     

    Remove with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Fruit Juice

     

    Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

    Glue

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Gravy

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Enzyme Detergent. Rinse and blot dry.

    Grease

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Ice Cream

     

    Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Lipstick

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Milk

     

    Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Apply Enzyme Detergent, if necessary. Rinse and blot dry.

    Nail Polish

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Cautiously blot repeatedly with nail polish remover. If stain remains, apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent solution. Apply Ammonia solution followed by Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Oil

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Paint

     

    Oil-base: Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. If stain remains, apply Detergent solution. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Water-base: Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Detergent solution and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. If stain remains, apply Dry Cleaning Solvent. Rinse and blot dry.

    Shoe Polish

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent and blot. Apply Detergent solution. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Soft Drinks

     

    Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Urine

     

    Blot up as much as possible, if still wet. Apply Detergent solution and blot. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Vomit

     

    Remove excess with a spoon. Apply Enzyme Detergent and blot. Apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    Wax

     

    Remove excess with a blunt knife. Apply Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent solution. Rinse and blot dry. For persistent wax residue, and on nylon carpet only, place a white absorbent towel on the wax area. Heat an iron to “low heat” and place on the towel for 30-seconds to melt and absorb the wax. Move the towel as needed.

    Caution:This procedure can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.

    Wine

     

    Blot up the surplus spillage. Apply cool Detergent solution. If stain remains, apply Ammonia solution and follow with Vinegar solution. Rinse and blot dry.

    We hereby specifically disclaim any and all liability, expressed or implied, from the use of the above methods. User of this Spotting Guide acknowledges full responsibility for any damages or problems caused by the use of the above methods. Please see our Terms of Use Policy for more information.