Stain Guide
Helpful stain removal tips

 

At the bottom of this page, you will find the solution to be used with the corrresponding letter.

 Please do not attempt to treat natural fibers (wool), as they discolor easily. We will be happy to help you with your valuable oriental carpets.

Recommendations for Carpet Spot and Stain Removal

 by Marie S. Hammer, University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

To remove a certain stain, try the first removal method indicated for that particular stain. If the primary recommendation does not work, then try the second lettered method. Proceed to other methods in the order listed if the stain prevails.

Type of Stain

Removal methods in recommended order

First

Second

Third

Fourth

ACIDS

E

F

 

 

AIRPLANE GLUE

C

B

 

 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

A

E

D

F

AMMONIA

D

E

 

 

BALLPOINT INK

C

B

A

E

BATTERY ACID

E

F

 

 

BLACK COFFEE OR TEA

A

D

F

 

BLACK GREASE

C

B

A

F

BLEACH

A

F

 

 

BLOOD

A

E

 

 

BUTTER

B

A

E

D

CANDY

A

E

D

F

CARBOLIC ACID DISINFECTANT

E

F

 

 

CATSUP

A

E

D

F

CHEWING GUM

Rub with ice and scrape gently with a dull knife

B

 

 

CHOCOLATE

A

E

D

F

CIGARETTE BURN

A

F

 

 

COLOGNE

A

E

D

F

COLORED PAPER

A

E

D

F

COOKING OIL

B

A

E

F

COSMETICS

C

B

A

E

CRAYON

B

A

F

 

FOOD DYE

B

A

E

D

FURNITURE DYE

C

B

A

E

FURNITURE POLISH

C

B

A

E

FURNITURE POLISH (WATER BASED)

A

E

D

F

FRUIT JUICES

A

E

D

F

GLUE (PLASTIC BASE)

C

B

A

E

GRASS

C

B

A

D

GREASY FOOD STAINS

B

A

E

D

HAND CREAM

B

A

E

F

ICE CREAM

A

E

D

F

INDELIBLE INK

C

B

A

E

INDIA INK

C

B

A

F

IODINE

B

A

E

D

LACQUER

C

B

A

F

LIPSTICK

C

B

A

E

LYE

D

A

F

 

MASCARA

B

A

F

 

MAYONNAISE

B

A

E

F

MEDICINES

C

B

A

E

METAL POLISH

C

B

 

 

MILDEW

A

E

F

 

MILK

B

A

E

F

MUD

A

F

 

 

MUSTARD

A

D

F

 

NAIL POLISH

C

B

A

E

NEWSPRINT

B

A

F

 

OIL, CAR

B

A

E

F

OIL, LINSEED

B

A

E

F

OINTMENT

B

A

E

D

OVEN CLEANER

D

A

F

 

PAINT CLEANER

C

B

A

E

PAINT, LATEX

A

E

F

 

PAINT, OIL

C

B

A

E

PLANT FOOD

A

E

D

F

PLASTER

A

F

 

 

ROUGE

B

A

F

 

RUBBER CEMENT

C

B

A

F

RUST

D

A

F

 

SALAD DRESSING

B

A

F

 

SALAD OIL

B

A

F

 

SAUCES

B

A

E

D

SHELLAC

C

B

A

E

SHOE POLISH

C

B

A

E

SOFT DRINKS

A

C

E

D

SOOT

B

A

F

 

STARCHY FOOD

A

E

D

F

SYRUP

A

E

F

 

TAR

B

A

 

 

TOOTHPASTE

A

D

E

F

UNKNOWN STAIN

C

B

A

D

URINE

A

D

 

 

VARNISH

C

B

A

E

VASELINE

B

A

F

 

VOMIT

A

E

D

F

WASHABLE INK

A

E

D

F

WAX CANDLES

C

B

 

 

WINE

B

A

D

 

 

 

A.DETERGENT MIX - Mix 1 teaspoon mild non-bleaching detergent with one cup of lukewarm water

B.DRY CLEANING SOLVENT - Apply dry cleaning solvent to stain (Carbona or K2r)

C.NAIL POLISH REMOVER - Amyl acetate (banana fragrance). Follow with the detergent mix. Some dyestuffs are not completely "fast" to polish remover. It is important to test in an inconspicuous area. If these cleaning methods are not effective, consult a professional.

D.VINEGAR SOLUTION - Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar to 1/3 cup lukewarm water.

E.AMMONIA SOLUTION - Mix 1 tablespoon ammonia to 3/4 to 1 cup water.

F.WARM WATER - Use lukewarm tap water