Emergency Stain Treatment

Many stains become permanent unless removed while fresh, including spilled material which causes no apparent damage. Tea, coffee and alcoholic mixtures contain tannin, practically colorless when fresh but producing a permanent stain. Urine stains likewise drain to permanence.
Spilled drinks may deposit a colorless sugar which changes with prolonged exposure to heat and air to leave brownish stains which are often obscured by normal soil until carpet is cleaned. Reports show up to forty items in a home may cause permanent stains. . . even plain water, if it dissolves color from the rug backing! To be safe, remove all stains promptly.
  • Q. What to use?

    Most kitchens contain the following, which work surprisingly well when properly applied to fresh stains.
    Detergent Solution
    - 1 teaspoon non-alkaline, synthetic, soapless detergent suitable for washing of fine fabrics.
    - 1 pint lukewarm water.
    - This is effective for most food and beverage stains.

    Mild Bleach
    - 1 teaspoon white vinegar.
    - 3 teaspoons lukewarm water.
    - Do NOT use on Rayon.
    - This is a mild bleach and may affect some rug dyes. Apply directly to stain with eye-dropper and observe action. Flush immediately with water at first sign of dye change, or when stain fades out. It will act more quickly if a few drops of ammonia water are added just before using.

    Cleaning Solvent
    - Non-flammable household dry-cleaning solvent. Effective on grease-based stains, ball-pen ink, etc. Use sparingly on latex-backed carpets because heavy applications may damage latex. Follow with detergent mixture to remove solvent.

  • Q. How to use?

    Remove excess by gently scraping with dull knife or spatula if solid material. If stain is liquid, place dry towel or other suitable blotter over stain and tread on it. Weight of the body will force excess liquid into towel. Apply stain remover and blot up by the same method. (That is, place towel over sponged area and tread on it).

    Continue sponging and blotting until no trace of the stain remains, using fresh, dry area to blot each application. Place clean white towel over spot with weight on top and allow to dry. Capillary action will draw any unseen impurities from the base of the carpet and deposit them in the towel. Otherwise they will concentrate at the tips of the nap to form another stain. . . so be sure carpet is thoroughly dry before the towel is removed.