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Spotting Guide

Guide to Removing Spots, Spills & Stains

For carpets, rugs and upholstery

Yes, you can do it yourself!  Some spots and stains can often be removed at home, with this handy, helpful spot-removal guide. It was developed for your convenience by the carpet-cleaning experts at Hammond Knoll. When you need you carpets or upholstery professionally cleaned, call us first.

 
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Here is a small sampling of the types of spots you may encounter.

  • Alcohol/wine
  • Blood
  • Chewing gum
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee/tea
  • Fats
  • Fruit
  • Glue
  • Gravy
  • Grease
  • Ice cream
  • Lipstick
  • Liquid foods
  • Milk
  • Nail polish
  • Oil/tar
  • Perfume
  • Shoe polish
  • Soft drinks
  • Solids
  • Urine
  • Vomit
  • Wax

Note:
Due to the large number of fabrics on the market and their various combinations, we cannot be responsible for the results from these techniques. Please call us for individualized suggestions.

For home spot removal, you’ll need one or more of the following four solutions, and a supply of white absorbent cloth or tissue, depending on the type of spot you’re cleaning.

Detergent Solution: Hammond Knoll “Spot Be Gone,” or one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent in 1/2-pint of warm water.

Detergent/Vinegar Solution: Add one teaspoon of white vinegar to the detergent solution.

Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon of household ammonia in one cup of warm water. (Avoid a stronger ammonia solution on wool carpet.)

Dry Cleaning Solvent: Use a solvent such as Energine. Test the solvent on a small, inconspicuous area, then clean the stain by working from the outer edge toward the center.

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