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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500209
06/24/03

Carpet Stain Removal



For Synthetic Fibers Only
When anything is spilled on carpet surface, removal results are best when stain is treated immediately, before it dries. Water sponging over area will dilute stain, but be careful not to spread stain farther.

Basic Directions (also refer to each individual stain)
Use these steps for all the stains listed.

1. Remove excess soil promptly by blotting or scraping with a dull edge first.

2. Apply cleaning materials directly to stain in order listed under numbered steps. Test for 10 seconds and blot in an inconspicuous spot before using a solvent or cleaning materials.

3. Do not rub stain, always blot with clean absorbent white cloth.

4. Avoid getting carpet too wet.

5. When dry, gently brush to restore pile.

6. Some stains are very hard to remove. May need to repeat process two or more times. Some stains are permanent and cannot be removed.

References

This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with reference from the Georgia Extension bulletin, How to Care for Carpets and Rugs, the Hoover Company, Nebraska Extension bulletin Carpet Care - Cleaning and Stain Removal, the Carpet and Rug Institute, Allied Fibers and Plastics Inc. and DuPont Clean Up Carpeting bulletin.

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