Carpet Spot Removal Guide: From Pets to Nail Polish

Spilled glass of wine on carpetKnowing the difference between carpet spots and stains—and the proper cleaning methods—can greatly extend the life of your carpet.

Take a look at the most common carpet stain solutions with our Carpet Spot Removal Guide.

(Home Detergent solutions are detailed at the end of this blog)

PET ACCIDENTS & CHILDREN UPSETS

Wipe up as much of the excess as possible, then shampoo lightly with a home detergent/ammonia solution. Blot lightly with household vinegar.

ANYTHING WITH DYE (KOOL-AID, MUSTARD, RED WINE, ETC.)

Lightly shampoo the stain with a home detergent.

COFFEE & SODA

Wipe up as much of the excess as possible, then shampoo lightly with a home detergent/ammonia solution. Blot lightly with household vinegar.

BLOOD

Use a sponge to blot the stain with cold water, then lightly shampoo the area with a home detergent/ammonia solution. In some cases, blood stains may become permanent if treated after drying.

Candle waxCANDLE WAX

Place paper towels over the candle wax stain, then apply the tip of a warm iron to the paper towels. Change towels as needed. Be careful not to scorch the carpet.

CANDY & CHOCOLATE

Wipe up as much of the excess as possible, then shampoo lightly with a home detergent/ammonia solution.

CHEWING GUM

Freeze stuck-on gum with ice cubes, then break or cut off the hardened gum. Blot any remaining gum with a dry cleaning solvent. Allow solvent to set for a few minutes, then scrape off.

BUTTER, GREASE & OIL

Wipe up as much of the excess as possible, then shampoo lightly with a home detergent/ammonia solution.

OIL-BASED PAINT

Remove excess with spoon, then blot with a dry-cleaning solvent. If stains remain, apply a home detergent, then an ammonia solution; rinse, then blot dry.

Children's feet with paintWATER-BASED PAINT

Remove excess with a spoon, blot with a home detergent, and then apply an ammonia solution. If stains remain, apply a dry cleaning solvent; rinse, then blot dry.

FURNITURE/SHOE POLISH & COSMETICS

Treat with a dry cleaning solvent. Allow the area to dry for a day, then shampoo with a home detergent.

INK

Apply hair spray to a white cloth, then use it to lightly blot the stain. Finish by shampooing with a home detergent.

IODINE/MEDICATION

Blot area with paper towels, but do not treat stain any further – doing so may cause the stain to spread. Contact Woodard for immediate assistance.

NAIL POLISH

On synthetic carpeting, blot up excess polish, then contact Woodard for further assistance; NEVER use nail polish remover to remove stains on synthetic carpeting. When treating cotton or wool carpeting, apply nail polish remover to a sponge, then use it to blot the stain away.

We recommend these home detergent solutions!

Home Detergent/Biz - Mix solution of: 1 quart warm water, 1 tsp. Biz brand detergent booster, 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent. Using mainly suds and a soft household scrub brush, shampoo the area gently. Do not rub too aggressively or you may cause texture change. Dab lightly.

Home Detergent/Ammonia - Mix solution of: 1 quart warm water, 1.6 oz. Ammonia, and 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent. Use same technique as with Home Detergent/Biz solution.

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Services was founded in 1946 as St. Louis’ first in-home rug and carpet cleaning company, and is now the area’s largest commercial and residential cleaning company for carpet, rugs, furniture, and hard surfaces. With more than 68 years of experience, Woodard is proud to serve as a preferred provider of water, fire, and smoke restoration services for residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For more information, visit our website, or call 800.466.9308.


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