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First Aid for Wool Carpet

Provided by Flooring First

Treatment (cleansing agent) the stain removal chart includes advice on methods of treating stains and the order which the should be tried.

For instance, if clean water does not remove all traces of beverage, try a solution of biological washing powder next.

Most of the agent mentioned are easy to obtain, however, if you can not dye stripper (eg dygon) or hydrochloric acid, call a professional cleaner instead. A freezing agent is available in aerosol sprays, but you can use dry ice instead to harden chewing gum in order to remove it.

1Solution of 1 teaspoon of approved wool detergent with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 1 litre of warm water.
2Dry-cleaning fluid, lighters fluid or mineral turpentine. Caution: Ensure that no flame or lit cigarette is near, and use in well ventilated areas.
3Mineral turpentine. Effectiveness is increased if mixed with equal quantity of dry-cleaning fluid. Caution: as for number 2.
4Methelated spirits. Caution: as for number 2.
5Hydrogen peroxide (twenty vol) diluted 10 to 1 with cold water. Caution: do not use on dark or patterned carpet.
6Dye stripper. Dilute 50 to 1 with cold water. Caution: as for number 5.
7Chewing gum remover (freezing agent).
8Nail polish remover.
9Clean, warm (not hot) water.
10Cold water.
11Weak solution of white vinegar or lemon juice with cold water.
12Absorbent powder (salt or talc). Sprinkle on spillage, leave over night and vacuum next day.

Important these instructions do not apply to synthetic (nylon, polypropylene etc) refer to manufacturers cleaning instructions.

Caution: Before proceeding to treat stain pre-test treatments on an inconspicuous part of the carpet to check for possible colour change.

Use the list of treatments with the table below.

NOTE : This advice is offered in good faith but no responsibility is accepted for claims arriving from the treatments proposed. If stains fail to respond to treatments listed, call a professional carpet cleaner immediately.

Stain Removal Chart

Order of Treatment

Type of Stain123
Beer1  
Beetroot1  
Bleach1  
Blood106 
Burn or Scorch Marks5  
Butter21 
Chewing Gum7  
Chocolate12 
Cocoa2101
Coffee (black or white)210 
Cooking Oils21 
Crayon21 
Cream21 
Excrement1  
Egg1  
Fruit Juice91 
Furniture Polish21 
Grass4  
Gravy91 
Grease21 
Ice Cream1  
Ink - Ball Point41 
Ink - Fountain Pen916
Lipstick21 
Metal Polish21 
Mildue15 
Milk921
Mustard1  
Nail Polish82 
Oil21 
Paint - Emulsion2101
Paint - Oil Based321
Rust2111
Salad Dressing21 
Shoe Polish21 
Soft Drink915
Tar321
Tea (black or white)2101
Urine1  
Vomit1  
Wine - Red1296
Wine - White1  

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