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Stain Removal Guide

Stain Removal GuideOops – Accidents do happen!

At Doll Bros, we go into approximately 1,400 homes a year and we see where our clients would benefit from stain removal techniques.  There is no one cure all for the hundreds of different staining conditions but,  there are certain steps that you can take that will put you on the right path to success. 

Below you’ll find a solution to the most common stains on your carpeting. 

Please be aware:   Because we live in a litigious world, it is necessary that we add this disclaimer:  Doll Bros. can not be held responsible for any results that may occur. You are using these stain removal techniques at your own risk!

Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Stain Removal Guide_Tomato SauceStep #1:     Pick up and remove as much as the material as you can.  DO NOT rub it into the carpet pile.  Use a paper towel, use a butter knife, use whatever you can to lift as much of the material as you can out of the carpet.

Step #2:    Saturate the stain with water, use your fingers and lightly message the water into the stain and then blot dry with paper towels.  Repeat this process until there is no sauce on the paper towel.  Take your time, this is a very important step.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide_Popsicle StainsStep #1:    Saturate the stain with water, use your fingers and lightly message the water into the stain and then blot dry with paper towels.  Repeat this process until there is no food coloring on the paper towel.  Take your time, this is a very important step.

Step #2:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #3:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #4 the next day.

Step #4:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide_TeaStep #1:     Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a white vinegar solution of  (1/4 cup WHITE vinegar to 1/2 cup of water). if you do not have WHITE vinegar, just use water.

Step #2:   Saturate the stain with the white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal GuideStep #1:     Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a ammonia solution of  (1) tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle “Do not over wet the fiber, Do not get the carpet backing wet”   if you do not have Ammonia,  just use water.

Step #2:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #3:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #4 the next day.

Step #4:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide_Mustard StainThis will most likely be the most difficult stain for you to remove.  My first advice would be for you to call a professional.

Step #1:   Pick up, lift out, and remove as much of the mustard as you possibly can “without smearing”  it into the carpet pile.

Step #2:   Dampen the stain with water, and lightly blot out onto a paper towel.  Repeat this process until all the mustard has been blotted into the paper towel.

Step #3:   Dampen the stain with water, fold a few paper towels and lay it on top of the stain. Put a heavy object on top of the paper towel (like a brick) and let it stand until the next day.

Step #4:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide_MilkStep #1:   Blot dry with a paper towel to remove as much liquid as you can.

Step #2:   Saturate the stain and neutralize it with water, using a spray bottle and blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:   If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels.

Step #5:     Dampen the stain with water, fold a few paper towels and lay it on top of the stain. Put a heavy object on top of the paper towel (like a brick) and let it stand until the next day.

Step #6:   The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Oh no, not the beer!

Stain Removal Guide beerStep #1:     Using paper towels, blot up all the moisture that you possibly  can.

Step #2:    Saturate the stain with water, use your fingers and lightly message the water into the stain and then blot dry with paper towels.  Repeat this process one more time.  Take your time, this is a very important step.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide CoffeeStep #1:     Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a white vinegar solution of  (1/4 cup WHITE vinegar to 1/2 cup of water). if you do not have WHITE vinegar, just use water.

Step #2:   Saturate the stain with the white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Two different wines = two different techniques

Stain Removal Guide WineRed Wine: 

Step #1:    Blot up the Red Wine stain on your carpet using paper towels. Apply new paper towels and continue to blot until no more Red Wine transfers to the paper towels.

Step #2:    Neutralize the stain with Tonic Water and blot until there is no moisture on the paper towels.

Step #3:    Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

White Wine:  

The only thing that changes from the steps listed above is Step #2 and Step #3

Step #2:      Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tbsp. each of dish washing liquid and white vinegar.

Step #3:     Alternate between blotting the white wine stain in your carpet with a sponge dampened with the vinegar and detergent solution and dabbing at it with a dry cloth. Continue to alternate between cleaning and drying until you see the white wine stain lift.

Step #1:    Blot up the Alcoholic stain on your carpet using paper towels.  Apply new paper towels and continue to blot until no more moisture transfers to the paper towels.

Step #2:    Neutralize the stain with Tonic Water and blot until until there is no moisture on the paper towels.

Step #3:    Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

On no, not the dessert!

Stain Removal Guide Ice CreamStep #1:     Pick up and remove as much as the material as you can.  DO NOT rub it into the carpet pile.  Use a paper towel, use a spoon, use whatever you can to lift as much of the material as you can out of the carpet.

Step #2:    Saturate the stain with water, use your fingers and lightly message the water into the stain and then blot dry with paper towels.  Repeat this process until there is no ice cream on the paper towel.  Take your time, this is a very important step.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

The all American stain

Stain Removal Guide KetchupStep #1:     Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a ammonia solution of  (1) tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle “Do not over wet the fiber, Do not get the carpet backing wet”   if you do not have Ammonia,  just use water.

Step #2:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #3:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #4 the next day.

Step #4:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide Chewing GumIf the gum is not smashed deep into the carpet pile, using your finger nails pinch – lift and snip with scissors.

If the gum is deep in the carpet pile:

Step #1:  Put a cube of ice on top of the gum and freeze it.  Now take the heavy end of a butter knife handle and hit the gum and it should shatter. You may need to do this several times to chip away it.  Be patient it will eventually work.

Stain Removal Guide EggStep #1:     Use a spoon to scoop up as much as you can then Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much debris as you can.

Step #2:   Neutralize the stain with a ammonia solution of  (1) tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle “Do not over wet the fiber, Do not get the carpet backing wet”.  Allow to stand for a moment then blot dry with a paper towel.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #4:    Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot dry to remove excess moisture.

Step #5:    Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry

Step #6:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

This one is tricky so be patient and go step by step.

Stain Removal Guide Nail PolishStep #1:   Get a spoon and try to scoop up the material first. Lets lift the material out of the carpet “try not to smear it into the carpet fibers”.

Step #2:   Apply a non-oily nail polish remover to a clean white cloth and gently rub in one direction. Moisten the cloth again gently rub in a different direction.  Do not get the backing of the carpet damp with the nail polish remover.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone. 

 Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

Depending on the color of the nail polish, you may have to repeat Steps 3,4 and 5 again a few days later. Don’t be discouraged, some stains just require a little more effort and patience.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Really…… you were just out 20 minutes ago

In addition to being born and raised in a Carpet Cleaning family, I have been a dog owner my whole life.  Is this not classic or what!

Stain Removal Guide UrineStep #1:   Blot dry with a paper towel to remove as much liquid as you can. I know it may seem gross but this is very important.

Step #2:   Saturate the stain and neutralize  the urine with water and blot with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as you can.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:   If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels.

Step #5:     Dampen the stain with water, fold a few paper towels and lay it on top of the stain. Put a heavy object on top of the paper towel (like a brick) and let it stand until the next day.

Step #6:   The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide ChocolateStep #1:     Pick up and remove as much as the material as you can.  DO NOT rub it into the carpet pile.  Use a paper towel, use a butter knife, use whatever you can to lift as much of the material as you can out of the carpet.

Step #2:     Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a ammonia solution of  (1) tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle “Do not over wet the fiber, Do not get the carpet backing wet”   if you do not have Ammonia,  just use water.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Lipstick contains both oil and emollients to help it adhere to your lips. The key to removing lipstick from your carpet is to draw the stain up and out, rather than rubbing it in.

Stain Removal Guide LipstickStep #1:   Pick up, lift out, and remove as much of the lipstick as you possibly can “without smearing”  it into the carpet pile. A butter knife works very well.

Step #2:    Over your sink, pour rubbing alcohol on a white cloth and squeeze out the excess so that it is not dripping.

Step #3:      Lightly blot “DO NOT RUB” it into the stain. As the lipstick adheres to the cloth move to a clean portion of the cloth and continue to blot the stain.

Step #4:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide MudOops!

This happens more often than you think, and it’s always the men

Step #1:   Let it dry. Mud turns to dirt, dirt is much more brittle and easier to remove.  After it dries, vacuum to remove the majority of the dirt.

Step #2:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.  

Step #3:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #4 the next day.

Step #4:    repeat steps #2 and #3.  In just about every case this will resolve the problem.

Step #1:     Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a ammonia solution of  (1) tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle “Do not over wet the fiber, Do not get the carpet backing wet”   if you do not have Ammonia,  just use water.

Step #2:   Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn®  or  Joy® with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #3    Rinse with tap water and then blot dry to remove excess moisture.

Step #4    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide ColaStep #1:   Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible then neutralize the stain with a ammonia solution of (1) tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle “Do not over wet the fiber, Do not get the carpet backing wet” if you do not have Ammonia, just use water.

Step #2:  Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #3:   If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #4 the next day.

Step #4:   The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE: Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide Hair DyeStep #1:  Pick up, lift out, and remove as much of the Hair Dye as you possibly can “without smearing” it deeper into the carpet pile.  A dull butter knife works well.  Yes this will be time-consuming but it is important to get up as much as possible before the next step.

Step #2:  Over your sink, pour rubbing alcohol on a white cloth and squeeze out the excess so that it is not dripping.

Step #3:   Lightly blot “DO NOT RUB” it into the stain. As the lipstick adheres to the cloth move to a clean portion of the cloth and repeat.

Step #4:    Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:    If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:    The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:    Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

I used this photo to show you the amount of oil/grease that’s underneath all of those cheese’es that we love.  The directions below are to remove this stain from your carpet, not your upholstery!

Stain Removal Guide PizzaStep  #1:  Remove and pick up the Pizza and all of the ingredients (sausage/onions and such) so that all that remains is the stain itself.

Step  #2:  The stain at this point is a combination of tomato sauce, grease and oil – Using a dry paper towel blot up as much as you can.

Step  #3:  Saturate the stained area with water and allow it to stand for 2 minutes.  Water is a natural solvent and will begin to break down the stained area.  After it has dwell’ed, blot dry with paper towels.

Step  #4:   Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:    Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot dry to remove excess moisture.

Step #6:    The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:   Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide OilStep  #1:   Remove as much as the oil as possible by lightly blotting into a dry paper towel.  “Do not rub the oil down into the carpet pile” – blot lightly.

Step #2:  Over your sink, pour rubbing alcohol on a white cloth and squeeze out the excess so that it is not dripping.

Step #3:  Lightly blot “DO NOT RUB” it into the stain. As oil adheres to the cloth move to a clean portion of the cloth and continue to blot the stain.

Step #4:   Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:  If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:  The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide BleachThe most frustrating accident possible.

There is no remedy to a bleached out spot on a carpet other than to have a carpet installer cut this out (it’s called a carpet patch).  They can replace that patch with a piece of carpet in the closet or behind the TV or couch.  This is the best remedy.

Years ago we tried neutralizing the bleach with water, and then apply a carpet dye to the area and every version was worst than the prior attempts.  The bleach just destroys the texture of the fabric and it prevents dyes from working as they should.

Have a carpet installer patch the area!

Stain Removal Guide CrayonsStep  #1:   Remove as much as the crayon as possible by blotting or you can use a dull butter knife to lightly scrape it lose.

Step #2:  Over your sink, pour rubbing alcohol on a white cloth and squeeze out the excess so that it is not dripping.

Step #3:  Lightly blot “DO NOT RUB” it into the stain. As the lipstick adheres to the cloth move to a clean portion of the cloth and repeat.

Step #4:   Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:   If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:  The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE: Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide JellyStep  #1:   Using a spoon, scoop up or lift out as much Jelly as you can – Do not smear it down in the carpet pile.

Step  #2:  Apply a small amount of water and allow it to dwell for 1 minute.  Lightly blot the jelly into the paper towel and continue to do this until the solid Jelly is removed.

Step #3:  Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #4:  If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:   The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE: Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide Party DipIt’s a few days before the

          Super Bowl      

this should come in handy

Step  #1:   Use a spoon and scoop the chunky debris right back into the bowl or onto the plate that it fell out of.

Step  #2:   Saturate the area with water and lightly message it in using your fingers (penetration) and then let it dwell for 2 minutes.

Step  #3:   Blot the area dry with paper towels.  This will get you through the Super Bowl party and it will prevent this area from being a permanent stain.

Step #4:   Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:    If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:   The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:   Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

You may not have much success with this.  The products that Carpet Cleaners use are very high in acid and 50% of the time they don’t even work.

However, I have seen this work on occasion and it’s worth a try.

Stain Removal Guide RustStep  #1:  Saturate the spot with Lemon juice and allow it to dwell for 5 minutes.

Step  #2:  Blot up the area with a paper towel.

Step #3:   Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #4:    If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:   The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:   Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide BBQ SauceStep  1:  Remove as much of the bulk as possible by using a spoon.  Try not to smear it into the carpet pile.

Step  2:  Neutralize the stain by saturating with water and lightly message with your finger (penetration).  Allow the water to dwell for 2 minutes and then blot the area dry with paper towels.

Step #3:  Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #4:   If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:  The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide SyrupStep  1:   Most likely before you can even blink an eye, the carpet is going to absorb this.  With that being the case… patience will be the key to removing this.  First use paper towels and blot up what you can – do not rub or smear  down into the fiber.

Step  2:   You are going to use water and blot dry 3 times.  Water will act as a solvent and start breaking down the sugar and syrup.  So –

Water, message lightly with fingers and blot dry.  Do this 3 times.

Step  3:   Put water on the remaining stain and let it dwell for 5 minutes and then blot dry.  If the stain and stickiness is still there then on to the next step(s).

Step #4:   Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5:  If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6:   The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide ButterStep #1: Pick up and remove as much as the material as you can. DO NOT rub it into the carpet pile. Use a spoon to lift out as much of the material as you can out of the carpet.

Step #2: Saturate the stain with water, use your fingers and lightly message the water into the stain and then blot dry with paper towels. Repeat this process to get the chunky butter out of the carpet.

Step #3: Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #4: If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5: The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE: Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

Stain Removal Guide GlueStep #1: Pick up, lift out, and remove as much of the Glue as you possibly can “without smearing” it into the carpet pile. A butter knife works very well.

Step #2: Over your sink, pour rubbing alcohol on a white cloth and squeeze out the excess so that it is not dripping.

Step #3: Lightly blot “DO NOT RUB” it into the stain. As the Glue adheres to the cloth move to a clean portion of the cloth and continue to blot the stain.

Step #4: Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.

Step #5: If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #6 the next day.

Step #6: The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE: Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

There are some folks that would place a piece of wax paper over the wax, set the iron to steam and draw (attach) the wax to the wax paper.  This can be very tricky… I prefer the following method:

Freezing:

Stain Removal Guide WaxStep  #1:  Lay a frozen bag of veggies or any bagged frozen item in your freezer right on top of the wax for 5 minutes:

Step  #2:  Using a dull butter knife – chip or pluck the wax out of the carpet.  Start at the edge of the wax and move in.

If this doesn’t work… Perform Step #2 again but leave the frozen bag on the wax for 10 minutes this time.

With patience you will be able to remove the wax from the carpet.

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