Spot Removal Tips

How To Remove 23 Common Stains

DIRECTIONS
Treat a spill or stain immediately.
    Remove excess material by blotting with a clean, white, absorbent material or by scraping with a dull knife or ruler.
    Clean remaining stain as indicated on the chart below.  DO NOT OVERWET!  Prior to application, test removal agent in an  inconspicuous place.  If it doesn’t discolor, then proceed with the removal of the spot or stain.
    After carpet dries, then gently brush pile to restore texture.  Some stains require professional treatment.  If you are not sure of proper treatment, please, give us a call. Use our easy, Four Part, ready-to-use Spot Kit or you can use the following substitute home-made solutions from the “Substitution Chart.”

 

SPOTTING SOLUTIONS
Use our easy, Four Part, ready-to-use Spot Kit or you can use the following:

SUBSTITUTION CHART

BLOOD & PROTEIN SPOTTER: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with one-half cup of water.
SPOT OUT or GENERAL SPOTTER: Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a coup of lukewarm water.
GUM, TAR, & GREASE REMOVER: Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Carbona, Energine, K2R. Use in small amounts . . . can be harmful to sizings, backings, or stuffing material. DO NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid, or carbon tetrachloride. (This cannot be made at home, we recommend that you purchase this product from one of our technicians or a local janitorial supply company.)
PET STAIN & ODOR REMOVER: Mix 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.
WARNING:
To avoid any damage, test all spotters in an inconspicuous area.

STAIN

SOLUTION

   BLOOD
  • 1.Apply cool Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
   BUTTER & MARGARINE
  • 1.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 2.Spot Out or General Spotter, blot until dry.
  • 3.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.   
  • 4.Rinse with water, blot until dry.
   CHOCOLATE
  • 1.Scrape off as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.
  • 2.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Apply cool Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 4.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 5.Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.
   COFFEE
  • 1.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 3.Rinse with water, blot until dry.
   CRAYONS
  • 1.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 2.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Rinse with water, blot until dry.
   FOOD COLORING
  • 1.Spot Out or General Spotter, blot frequently.  Dried stains may spread when wet.  Repeat until color no longer transfers to towel.
  • 2.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  (We recommend that you call Long’s for these stains.)
   FURNITURE STAINS
  • 1.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 2.Spot Out or General Spotter, blot until dry.
  • 3.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  *This stain is almost impossible to remove completely.  You may need our assistance on this type of spot.
   GRASS
  • 1.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 3.Rinse with water, blot dry.
   INK (Ballpoint)
  • 1.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 2.Apply Rubbing Alcohol, blot.  **CAUTION:  Dried stains may spread when wet.
   JAM & JELLY
  • 1.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 3.Rinse with water, blot dry.
   KETCHUP & TOMATO SAUCE
  • 1.Apply cool Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Rinse with water, blot dry.
   LIPSTICK
  • 1.Scrape off lipstick with spatula, dull knife.
  • 2.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 3.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter,  blot.
  • 4.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 5.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 6.Rinse with water, blot until dry.
   MILDEW
  • 1.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  WARNING:  While bleach is effective on  mildew, most carpets will be ruined by bleach!
   MUD
  • 1.Brush or scrape off as much as possible.
  • 2.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.   
  • 4.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
   MUSTARD
  • 1.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.  *Do not use ammonia or alkalies.  This spot has dispersed dyes and may not respond well.
   NAIL POLISH
  • 1.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover.
  • 2.If necessary, apply nail polish remover.  Please test in an inconspicuous area first.  It may damage carpet fibers and backing.  If stain remains, apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot until dry.
   PAINT (Water Based)
  • 1.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Rinse with water, blot until dry.
  • 4.Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.  (For small spots of fresh paint, go directly to step 4.)
   PAINT (Oil Based)
  • 1.*Check label on paint for specific thinner or solvent OR  Apply Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 2.Repeat step 1 until stain is removed.
  • 3.If stain persists, weight down the stain with towels dampened with Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover for several hours to loosen, blot with Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover
  • 4.Apply several drops of Spot Out or General Spotter and work into the stain, blot.
  • 5.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 6.Alternate steps 2 and 4 until stain is removed.
  • 7.Rinse thoroughly with warm water, blot until dry. The amount of solvent necessary may damage the carpet and its backing!
   SHOE POLISH
  • 1.Gum, Tar, & Grease Remover, blot.
  • 2.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 4.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
   URINE
  • 1.Blot up as much as possible if still wet.
  • 2.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot
  • 4.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  *Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.
   VOMIT
  • 1.Blot up as much as possible.
  • 2.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 3.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 4.Rinse with water, blot until dry.  
   WAX
  • 1.Scrape off as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.
  • 2.Apply Grease, Gum & Tar Remover, blot.  (With this type of stain, we usually  recommend that you call Long’s at 740-676-2178.)
   WINE
  • 1.Apply Spot Out or General Spotter, blot.
  • 2.Apply Pet Stain & Odor Remover, blot.
  • 3.Apply Blood & Protein Spotter, blot.
  • 4.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.  

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