Different types of stains require different kinds of action.
Water-based stains include: fruit juice, coffee, ketchup, urine, soft drinks, wine, chocolate, vomit, etc.
Generally accidents such as pet stains come out easier than oil-based stains and require a gentler treatment. Mix one quart of water with one teaspoon mild detergent and one teaspoon white vinegar. Immediately blot with a soft towel and do not saturate. Use a hair dryer to dry the cleaned area.
Oil-based stains include: lipstick, glue, wax, crayon, salad dressing, hair products, butter, shoe polish, etc.
First, do not use a cleaner containing silicone; this will weaken the rug’s fibers. Instead use a solvent spot cleaner or powder-based rug cleaner and carefully follow the directions on the label.
Other types of stains
Blood - Beginning with cold water is key to successful removal. Next apply the detergent and white vinegar solutions.
Gum - Put an ice cube on the gum for 15 minutes. Then gently scrape off with a knife.
Ink - Apply a little nail polish remover and then use a mild detergent solution.
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