Carpet, Rug & Flooring Maintenance & Cleaning Advice & Tips

Here is some general cleaning advice for your carpets and floor coverings, should you have the odd accident! We do however offer these useful tips only as a guide and accept no responsibility should you decide to follow them.

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Spotting Guide

The following three solutions will be required together with a dry cleaning solvent such as ‘Dab-it-off’ and some white absorbent cloth or tissue.

  • Detergent Solution: One teaspoonful of neutral detergent, such as ‘Stergene’, to half pint (1/4 litre) of warm water.
  • Detergent/Vinegar Solution: Add one teaspoonful of White Vinegar to the Detergent solution.
  • Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon of household ammonia, such as ‘Scrubbs’, to one cup of warm water.

Test the solution on a small out of the way area, then tackle the stain by working from the outer edge towards the centre. Check for colour fastness prior to carrying out any wet process on your carpet.

Alcohol/Wines – Blot up the surplus spillage. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Blood – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Chewing Gum – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Chocolate – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution.  Blot dry.

Coffee – Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Egg – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution.  Blot dry.

Fats – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Fruit – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia Solution. Blot dry.

Glue – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Grass – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Gravy – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution.  Blot dry.

Grease – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Ice-cream – Scrape up excess with a blunt knife.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution.  Blot dry.

Lipstick – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Liquid Foods
– Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths if necessary.

Milk – Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution.  Blot dry.

Nail Polish – Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Oil – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Perfume – Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Shoe Polish – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Soft Drinks – Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry.  Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Solids – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Tar – Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Tea – Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Urine – Blot up the surplus spillage.  Use Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Vomit – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

Wax – Scrape up with a blunt knife.  Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution.  Blot dry.

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