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Cleaning Recomendations

Vacuum  regularly:

-Select a vaccum with good suction.

-For nylon fibers the beater bar should be set at a proper height to brush over the surface of the fibers.

-For wool fibers turn off the beater bar.

-High traffic area's (ex. in front of doorwats, through halls, in front of furniture) should be vacuumed several times a week.

-Vacuum all other areas weekly.

 

 

Spot and Stain Removal:

-Clean up spills promptly.

-Blot the spot. DO NOT RUB!

-Wet spills should be soaked up with a white towel or paper towel.

-After the liquid is removed use a warm towel on nylon carpet to blot the stain until there is no further residue being transfered onto the towel. For wool carpet, blot the stain with a cold towel.

-If the stain is still not completely removed, see the cleaning charts below for further stain removal.

-Solids spills (ex. food), should be lifted off of the carpet fibers before any cleaning is done. A large spoon is useful to lift the substance from the fibers. See the cleaning charts below for further stain removal.

-Always work from the outside perimeter of the stain towards the center to prevent spreading of the stain.

-For overall cleaning we recommend a dry cleaning method such as Host© or Capture©.

 

 

Helpful hints to get the most life from your carpeting:

-Place glides under heavy furniture and rotate furniture periodically if possible to avoid crushing.

-Close blinds during direct sunlight hours to avoid fading.

-Traffic patterns where possible should be changed periodically by rearranging furniture placements.

-Doormats inside and out can minimize tracking of dirt.

-Vacuum often and use deodorizer on pet accident areas. Often, animals are drawn to the smell and will repeat actions in a specific area if not deodorized.

-Cigarette and other burns can be sometimes hidden by snipping off the affected areas and then cleaned.

-Regular vacuuming is the most important method for extendig the life of your carpet.

-Do not panic at the onset of a spill and use different cleaning methods, blot the stain and then see the cleaning charts.

 

Nylon Carpet Cleaning Chart

Airplane Cement      

E

A

Animal Glue     

Ballpoint Ink    

Beer    

 A

I* 

Butter    

 C

Blood   

Calamine Lotion   

 A

Carbon Black    

 V

Chocolate     

Chocolate Milk    

A

Catsup    

 A

 G

 A

F

Chewing Gum      

 J

Clay    

 V

Cola  

 A

I*

Coffee    

A

I*

Coffee, C&S   

 A

 H

 A

 F

Coffee, Instant   

 A

 H 

 A 

 F 

Colored Paper    

 C

 B

 A

 F

Crayon

    

 C

 B

 C

 A

 F

Duco Cement

   

 C

 E

 F

Egg  

 A

G

I*

Excrement    

Food Dye   

 A

 G

 F

Food Stains    

 K

 C

 A

Fruit Juice   

Furniture Dye 

 C

 B

 C

 A

 F

Furniture Polish     C B C A F
Gelatin         A
Grape Juice      A G H F
Grass        C A
Gravy    A G H A FI* 
Grease, Car     C B A FI*
Ice Cream  GHA FCI*
Iodine Tincture      A C H F
Iron Rust       V D F
Latex Paint     A G F B C
Linseed Oil        C I
Lipstick   
Liquor        A H
Mayonnaise     
Merthiolate      A G H F
Metal Polish         C
Milk    A G H
Mustard      A H A D
Nail Polish   BEA G H F
Oil, Car   C B AI*
Oil Paint    C B C A G F
Oil, Salad      
Pepto Bismol       
Permanent Ink     C B C A G F
Rouge      
Rubber Cement    
Shoe Dye     
Shoe Polish (liquid)   
Shoe Polish (wax)   
Soot         V A
Syrup          A
Tar     I*
Tea          A
Toothpaste          A
Urine      A G H F D
Vaseline          C
Washable Ink      
Water Colors      
Wax Candles      
Wine        A H

If there is a stain on your nylon carpet, use the chart above to identify the stain then, in order, follow the suggested sequence for stain removal.

A-One-half teaspoon of non-bleaching dishwashing detergent (without bleach or lanolin) to one cup of warm water

B-Paint remover with no oil in it

C-Dry cleaning fluid

D-Rust Remover

E-Acetone or fingernail polish remover (with no oil in it)

F-Water

G-One tablespoon of clear household ammonia to one-hlaf cup of water

H-One-third cup of white vinegar to two-thirds cup of water

I-Host dry compound cleaner

J-Ice Cube

K-Remove Solids

V-Vaccum

 ** I* represents the next step for stain removal if Host dry compound cleaner is available. If not, use water.

^ from Fabrica Spot and Stain Removal 2008.

 

 

 

Wool Carpet Cleaning Guide

Order of Treatment                                        Step    1    2      3
 Alcoholic Beverages 1 2 -
 Bleach 1 2 - 
 Blood 1 2 -

 Butter

 3 2 -
 Candle Wax * - - -
 Chewing Gum 4 3 -
 Chocolate 2 3 -
 Coffee 1 2 3
 Colas & Soft Drinks 1 2 -
 Cooking Oils 3 2 -
 Cream 2 3 -
 Egg 2 - -
 Floor Wax 3 2 -
 Fruit Juice 1 2 -
 Furniture Polish 3 2 -
 Gravy & Sauces 5 2 3
 Ink (Fountain Pen) 1 2 -
 Ink (Ball Point) 3 7 2
 Ink (Felt Tip) 5 2 6
 Ketchup 5 2 -
 Lipstick 3 2 -
 Mercurochrome 2 10 -
 Milk 5 3 2
 Mustard 2 - -
 Nail Polish 6 3 -
 Oil & Grease 3 2 -
 Paint (Latex) 1 2 3
 Paint (Oil) 9 3 2
 Rust 3 2 8
 Salad Dressing 2 3 -
 Shoe Polish 3 2 -
 Soot ** 3 2 -
 Tar 3 - -
 Tea 1 2 3
 Urine (Fresh) 1 2 -
 Urine (Old) 1 2 10
 Vomit 2 - -
 Wine 9 1 2
 Unknown Material 3 10 2

^ from Spot and Stain Removal 2008. <www.woolsnz.com>

 

 

 

 

 

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