Stain Removal

Beer Stains

Apply detergent solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply vinegar solution & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Crayon Marks

Apply dry cleaning solvent
Apply a non-volatile dry solvent & blot with towel
(repeat as necessary)
Apply detergent solution & blot with towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Emergencies Stain Removal

Although many carpets have stain resistant coatings, this protection will only last for so long. If you act quickly, within hours or, in some cases minutes, most spills can be removed. The longer the stain remains on the carpet, the less likely it can be removed via a spotting procedure.

Coffee spills, soft drink spills, and other stains can be removed by first blotting, not rubbing, the area dry. One of the best cleaners to apply is dish detergent and water. Apply it to a clean, damp cloth and blot the area several times. The stain will be removed. You will probably be able to remove the stain even if it sits for more than 30 minutes up to an hour.

Fruit drinks can be a bit more troublesome. You must spot the area with minutes. Ink stains and more serious stains will probably require a stain-removing product, which all building service contractors should carry with them.

Always remember, blot the area, and do not rub. Rubbing just spreads the stain around making it more difficult to remove.

Gravy Stains

Apply detergent solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply ammonia solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply vinegar solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply enzyme detergent & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Chewing Gum

Harden gum with ice cube or equivalent and scrape gum with a spatula. Apply dry cleaning solvent to remove the traces of gum or use a commercial chewing gum remover.

Jelly Stains

Apply detergent solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply vinegar solution & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot with cotton towel
Apply enzyme detergent & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Juice Stains

Apply detergent solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply ammonia solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply vinegar solution & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Ketchup Stains

Apply cold detergent solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply ammonia solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply enzyme detergent & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Milk Stains

Apply cold detergent solution & blot with towel
Apply ammonia solution & blot with cotton towel
Apply vinegar solution & blot with cotton towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry
Apply an enzyme detergent & blot with towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry
Apply dry cleaning solvent & blot

Removing Spots on Brick Floors

Brick is a porous material. If something is spilled on it, it's going to absorb it.

The best way to prevent the stains from getting into the brick is to seal it. Most sealers will put a bit of a shine on the floor that some customers do not want. If they want a rustic look on the floor, they probably will not want them sealed or waxed.

If you douse sealer or finish on the floor, first apply it in an inconspicuous area and see how well it looks and if your customer will accept it. If they do, you are in luck, for it will be much easier to maintain the floor once it is sealed.

To clean a brick floor, you can machine scrub it. Use a mild commercial detergent and mop down the floor then scrub it. Do a small area at a time. If you have a helper, that person can be working ahead of you mopping the floor with a detergent solution and then work behind you rinsing the floor. It's a team effort. A wet dry vacuum can speed things along.

Soda Stains

Apply cold detergent solution & blot with towel
Apply ammonia solution & blot with towel
Apply vinegar solution & blot with towel
Rinse with water & blot until dry

Wine and Cola Stains

The most important thing to remember when cleaning up wine or any liquid drink spill is to "blot" it up as much as possible as soon as it happens. Never rub a stain, which will just spread it further in to the fabric and make the stain larger. Blot it with a clean, absorbent towel or rag.

The next step is to blot it again using a COOL detergent-water solution such as dish detergent. Always use cool water; warm water will bake in the stain.

You can also apply a cool mixture of vinegar and water or even ammonia and water. Do not mix the vinegar and ammonia together; this can be harmful if inhaled.

There are also commercially available products you can also use to remove all types of stains. There are basically two types of stains, water based such as wine and oil based such as tar. When buying stain removers, read the label and make sure which type of stain the product is to be used for.

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Information provided in these cleaning tips is of a general nature and may not be appropriate in all situations. Consequently the author makes no representation of warranty as to the completeness, correctness, or utility of the information contained in the cleaning tips as it may apply to a specific situation. Therefore, readers are encouraged to consult with ProSTAR industries for specific information and guidance.