Spot Removal Tips

General Rules for Spot Removal

  • Soak up liquids with white kitchen roll, tissues, toilet roll or clean cloth.
  • Scoop up, or scrape off solids.
  • Try to identify unknown spots prior to treatment – if unsure, use solvent first.
  • Always work from the edge of the spot inwards.
  • BLOT, do NOT rub.
  • Use small quantities of spot remover at a time, applied to a cloth, NOT directly to the spot; work into the spot with a small soft brush or sponge.
  • Take care with applying solvents to bitumen-backed carpet tiles.
  • When using solvents always ensure there is plenty of fresh air ventilation.
  • Always thoroughly rinse out water-based spotters with clean water.
  • Dry the spot, if possible, with a hair dryer.

Treatment Reference

  1. Blot with white kitchen roll or paper tissues
  2. Vacuum Clean
  3. Cold Water
  4. Warm Water
  5. Carpet Shampoo Solution (Diluted)
  6. Spot Remover for Water-based Stains
  7. Spot Remover for Oily/Greasy Stains
  8. Absorbent Paper or Paper Tissue & Hot Iron
  9. Chewing Gum Remover (Solvent or Freeze Type)
  10. Nail Varnish Remover or Acetone
  11. White Spirit or Turpentine Substitute
  12. Surgical Spirit (Ethyl Alcohol or Ethanol)
  13. Rub with a Coin
  14. Rub Gently with Coarse Sand Paper
  15. Disinfectant or Deodoriser
  16. Rust Remover
  17. Carpet Re-colouring Kit
  18. Rub with Ice and Scrape Gently with a Dull Knife

Guide for Easy Stains & Spots

  • Spot/Stain

     

  • Blood
  • Burn/Scorch Marks
  • Butter
  • Candle Wax
  • Chewing Gum
  • Chocolate/Cocoa
  • Cola
  • Cream
  • Egg
  • Floor Wax
  • Fruit Juice
  • Gravy/Sauces
  • Herbal Tea
  • Metal Polish
  • Mustard
  • Oil/Grease
  • Paint (Emulsion)
  • Shoe Polish
  • Tea
  • Try 1st

     

  • 5
  • 13
  • 7
  • 8
  • 18
  • 5
  • 3
  • 7
  • 5
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • 5
  • 7
  • 3
  • 7
  • 3
  • Try 2nd

     

  • 6
  • 14
  • 15
  • 7
  • 9
  • 7
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • Try 3rd

     

  • 3
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6

Guide for More Difficult Stains & Spots

  • Spot/Stain

     

  • Artificial Drinks
  • Bleach
  • Radiator Fluid
  • Coffee
  • Felt-tip Pen
  • Furniture Polish
  • Glue
  • Ink (Fountain)
  • Ink (Ball-point)
  • Lipstick
  • Milk
  • Nail Varnish
  • Paint (Oil)
  • Red Wine
  • Rust
  • Soot
  • Tar (Asphalt)
  • Urine (Fresh Stain)
  • Urine (Older Stain)
  • Vomit
  • Try 1st

     

  • 3
  • 3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 7/11
  • 7
  • 10
  • 3
  • 12
  • 7
  • 4
  • 10
  • 11
  • 1
  • 16
  • 2
  • 7
  • 3
  • 6
  • 5
  • Try 2nd

     

  • 6
  • 17
  • 6
  • 6
  • 12
  • 5
  • 11
  • 6
  • 5
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 15
  • 6
  • Try 3rd

     

  • 16
  • 5
  • 5
  • 15
  • 5
  • 15
  • 15