Help With Various Stains or Spills
- Wiping up spills as soon as they happen will help control spreading. Use a dry paper towel & dab,
avoid using a circular motion. Do not rub harshly, be gentle. Be careful not to push the stain deep
down in the fibers.
- To remove a stain, blot the spot and dry working from the outside in. Rinse thoroughly with clear water, then blot again. Never scrub on the carpet so as not to damage carpet fibers, or letting the spill soak through into the pad.
- Using a spotter product, such as the one available at M & J does not have any harsh detergents, soaps or ingredients that could cause residue. Eventually residue attracts soil and makes carpet dirtier. Dawn dish detergent is okay to use if needed. Make sure to rinse thoroughly.
- Immediately wipe/dab up spills such as milk, pop, or fruit juices. The sugar in these can make a “sticky” mess that will attract more soil over time.
Never leave your carpet soaked in water for a long time. continually moist or wet carpet result in brownouts, shrinkage, mildew and various other adhesion difficulties.
- Pet Stains or Urine – Dab up with a dry paper towel. Avoid applying water on a pet stain. Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda to absorb and control odor. Leave for a few hours or overnight, then vacuum.
- Having carpets and upholstery treated with Scotch Guard by M & J
will make it easier to wipe up spills, and give added protection between cleanings.
- Blood – for fresh stains, test for colorfastness first. Then dab a small amount of Peroxide on a cotton ball & gentle dab on small stains. Rinse.
- Helpful hint for your Dryer: Instead of dryer sheets that can clog & cause a film on your lint filter…Use 2 sheets of aluminum foil. Bunch up in 2 balls. Use up to one year. Works great & saves money!
- alcoholic beverages
- food dyes
- washable ink
- wet or latex paint
- ice cream
Before starting; blot stain with dry paper towel or cloth to absorb as much as possible. Use a simple cleaning solution made of 1/4 tsp. of non-bleach detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 32 ounces of water. Blot the spot by working from the outside in. Rinse with clear water, then blot again.
Fat, Oil or Wax
Place a paper towel over the carpet and iron on warm setting. The wax, fat or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.
Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.
Test a small dot for color fastness first. Blot the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover.
Special Water-Soluble Stains
Try 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (NOT on a wool or blend carpet; instead use mild detergent & water )
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