Stain Solution Guide

The following are home-remedy solutions for immediate care when an unexpected spill occurs. Using these time-tested remedies may not, in all cases, completely remove the stain. But having your rug professionally cleaned at our plant, after your stain removal attempt, may result in a complete restoration. Consider this portion of our web site as “first aid.”

E-Z ANSWER GUIDE for SPOTS and STAINS on INTERIOR DÉCOR FABRICS

 

Directions

 

DO NOT OVERWET. Use small amounts of the cleaning agents and blot frequently. Always blot. Do not rub or brush.

Work from the outer edge of the spot towards the center to prevent rings.

Beginning with step 1, treat the stained area with each spotting solution until the stain is removed. IT MAY NOT BE NECESSARY TO

COMPLETE THE ENTIRE SERIES OF STEPS. The final step is always to gently rinse the areas with water, then absorb all the remaining moisture with absorbent towels.

 

BE PATIENT. Some stains respond slowly. All spots and stains cannot be removed from every fabric due to differences in fibers, dyes, constructions, finishes, composition of the stain, and length of time the stain has remained on the article. SOME STAINS REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT.

Spills and stains should be treated IMMEDIATELY. The longer a spot remains, the more difficult it will be to remove.

Blot up spills with clean, white, absorbent materials (towels, napkins, tissues).

 

PRETEST SPOT-REMOVAL AGENTS in an inconspicuous area (under a sofa cushion, on an area of carpet under or behind a piece of furniture). Apply several drops of solution on the article and rub gently with a clean, white towel. If color transfers to the cloth or a color change occurs, a professional cleaner should be consulted.

 Spotting Solutions

 

AMMONIA SOLUTION – Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with one-half cup of water.

 

BLEACH –  Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate,  present in Snowy or Clorox II. Do NOTuse chlorine bleach.

 

DETERGENT SOLUTION – Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.

 

DRYCLEANING SOLVENT – Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Carbona, Energine, K2R. Use in  small amounts; they can be harmful to sizings, backings or stuffing materials. Do NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid or carbon tetrachloride.

 

ENZYME DETERGENT – Mix a solution of enzyme detergent, following the directions on the label. Do NOT soak or overwet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the recommended length of time before removing. (Professional cleaners may prefer to use digesters separate from detergents.)

 

POG – Paint, oil and grease remover, available in hardware stores.

 

VINEGAR SOLUTION – Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water. (Professional cleaners may use up to 28% acetic acid solution.)