carpet and stain removal
A good checklist to
handle spills should include the following items. Do not
use any household cleaners other than those listed, since
many household products contain chemicals that may
permanently damage your carpet.
A solution of a mild liquid detergent (no more than 1/4 teaspoon of detergent to 32 ounces of water). A clear, non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory is recommended. Do not use detergents that are cloudy or creamy because they may leave a sticky residue.
A solution of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water.
White cloths or white paper towels.
An ammonia solution of one tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of water. Do not use on wool or wool-blend carpets.
Non-oily nail polish remover.
Chewing gum remover (freeze or solid type).
Spot remover specifically for grease, oil, or tar, such as Carbona or Energine.
NOTE: Difficult stains on carpets made from solution-dyed fibers such as polypropylene (olefin) may be removed with a mild bleach solution (one part chlorine bleach to five parts water).
WARNING: Do not use bleach solution unless you are absolutely certain your carpet is solution dyed. Carpet dyed by other systems will be damaged.
General Cleaning Instructions:
Prompt attention to spots and spills is essential. No carpet is stain proof, although many are stain resistant, which allows time to act.
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